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Shared Island 2024

  • Programme of events

Consistent with the aims of the Government’s Shared Island initiative to deepen beneficial cooperation and connections across the island of Ireland, Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 was programmed on an all-island basis with cross-community events connecting children and young people from both sides of the border.

Through Shared Island funding in 2024, the Creative Ireland Programme has partnered with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) – an all-island artist-led resource organisation and membership network which supports and grows these collective art forms. ISACS have devised a creative programme of activity called Circus Explored that uses the physical creativity of circus to create cross-community cultural experiences for young people.

Cross-community events connecting young people from both sides of the border will take place led by community circus organisations from north and south. At these events young people meet for creative collaboration experiences:

  • Festival of Fools circus and outdoor arts festival presented by Circusful in Belfast, 4th – 9th May 2024;
  • Carnival of Colours – presented by In Your Space Circus, Derry, 1st & 2nd July 2024;
  • Mayhem – Galway Community Circus youth circus festival, 17th – 26th May 2024.

Rhyme Island is an all-Island Rap Call-Out by GMC Beats for children to participate in rap workshops. The Rhyme Island team are working with young people on how to make, do and create raps and songs, using easy to follow and fun workshops delivered in person and online. Young people will experience the freedom, possibilities and positivity of expression through rap, song writing and creativity.

The workshops are taking place in various locations throughout the island of Ireland. The team are working with young people living in the Direct Provision system, young members of the Traveller community, rurally isolated young people, young people from unionist and nationalist areas of Northern Ireland and young people from multicultural backgrounds.

In addition, the Creative Ireland Programme has awarded funding to 7 Local Authorities to deliver 8 Cruinniú na nÓg projects as part of the Shared Island dimension to the Creative Ireland Programme 2023-2027. The projects aim to support cross-border creative projects to inspire connections between people, communities and places.

Cruinniú na nÓg has been identified as a key opportunity to increase peer to peer cross-community cultural and creative initiatives between children and young people.

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All Island

15 Jun 2024


Age range

All ages

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