CEO of Wexford County Council Tom Enright is calling on all children and young people to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the free Cruinniú na nÓg events that will take place around the county on Saturday.
Over 30 free creative activities for under 18’s as part of Creative Ireland Programme initiative supported by Wexford County Council and RTÉ.
Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in neighbourhoods and communities.
Led by the local Creative Wexford Culture and Creativity Team, with huge support from local artists, arts organisations, creative practitioners and community festivals, activities include everything from circus skills to film-making.
With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are specially designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new or fulfil a secret ambition!
Highlights of this Wexford’s Cruinniú na nÓg include:
Youth Circus Workshop; Children will be introduced to the extraordinary world of contemporary circus and physical theatre where they can explore juggling, hula hoop, stilt walking and all things youth circus.
Nutty Scientist Creative Workshops; Children will learn the difference between physical and chemical reactions this includes creating their own slime and space shuttle.
Radio Podcasting Workshops; Young people can immerse themselves in this workshop learning the fundamentals of radio podcasting and develop a podcast based on the day’s events through their words.
What’s Your Story – Create Your Own Universe; Children will join illustrator Corrina Askin for a hands-on workshop in developing a narrative and character for your story. Young people can get a real insight into story structure and developing characters.
To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg Gorey Library has a What’s Your Story – Create Your Own Universe Children’s Illustration Workshop on Saturday, but booking is essential.
Join illustrator Corrina Askin for a hands-on workshop in developing a narrative and/or character for your story.
Corrina has vast experience in the animation and illustration industry and this workshop will be an interactive session where young people can get a real insight into story structure and developing characters.
Session 1 (suitable for ages 7-9yrs) 11.30 am – 12.30 pm.
Session 2 (suitable for ages 10-12 yrs) 2.30 pm-3.30 pm.
Check your local library for events that be happening in a town near you!
Tom Enright, CEO of Wexford County Council said: “A fantastic programme of free cultural events is available to children and young people at local venues in County Wexford for Cruinniú na nÓg. Wexford has always been a creative County and Wexford County Council is proud to support this youthful celebration of that creativity. I encourage all children and families to get involved and try something new and inspiring on this national day of creativity.”
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said: “Ireland is the only country in the world to have a dedicated day of free creativity for our children and young people. Although only in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg has already grown in ambition and scale with almost double the number of free activities taking place across the length and breadth of the country this year.”
Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ; said; “Creativity and community are at the heart of RTÉ’s new mission statement. They are also core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Cruinniú na nÓg, which makes this partnership especially important for us. Encouraging and supporting opportunities for children and young people to come together to experience and explore their creative potential is a brilliant initiative.”
Full event details for Cruinniú na nÓg are available at creativeireland.gov.ie