With just two days to go before a wave of youthful creativity is unleashed across the country, there are quite simply hundreds of ways to get involved in Cruinniú na nÓg.
Know some budding creative coders, aspiring actors, sensational storytellers, daring dancers, awesome artists and more? With 700+ free events taking place, you’ll find something for every age group and county right here.
Here are just 12 events that’ll see children and young people unleash their inner creative on 15 June!
In Mitchelstown, County Cork, watch out for Vinny the Vulture – an unusual story-bird puppet who brings chaos (and pranks!) to storyteller Michael Phelan’s wonderfully imaginative tales.
At the National Concert Hall in Dublin City, little minds will revel in an interactive storytelling concert with the London Symphony Orchestra Ensemble. A dragon with a short temper is not a good combination, as the show ‘Fergal is Fuming’ will demonstrate!
In Greystones, County Wicklow, ‘Wave’ – a specially-designed show for babies under 12 months – will explore the waveform and vibratory nature of sound through voice, harmony, fans, as well as soothing gongs and chimes.
Over in the Marble City, Kilkenny, budding history-diggers can join the School of Irish Archaeology for the Big Dig Workshop. After the workshop, stick around for some Hidden Histories storytelling too!
In Wexford, get into the spirit of ancient Viking tradition by decorating your own shield and later, learn how the fearsome Vikings got battle-ready.
In Cabra, children with autism and their families can enjoy an immersive, sensory experience thanks to sound artist Slavek Kwi and performer Niamh Lawlor. Designed for small groups, families can experience how sound and music, combined with tactile experiences, can help children with communication difficulties relate to the world around them.
Head over to Mission Control in County Mayo, as Ballinrobe celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with an Apollo 11 workshop. Learn all about the iconic space mission and then dive into a fun drawing session.
Put your best foot forward in Waterford with an African ballet workshop. Move to the beat and learn some traditional dances from the Mandé region of West Africa, don’t forget to improvise too!
In Sligo, set off on a choose-your-own-adventure story with Wayne O’Connor’s creative writing workshop, young scribes will learn all about the writing process and how to structure a story.
In Donegal, join the CINE project workshop and learn all about photogrammetry and artifact digitisation. Using smartphones, camera equipment and apps, you’ll capture objects and artifacts to create three-dimensional digital representations.
Step behind the camera and the curtain at Killarney’s workshop on costume design for film and stage. Kerry-based costume designer Kate Howard will introduce young participants to the basics of this intriguing industry.
Get theatrical in Monaghan as talented Monaghan Youth Theatre perform ‘Variations’ by Katie Hims at the Garage Theatre. A play about family, string theory, and breakfast, 13-year-old Alice wishes her life was completely different. She wakes up one morning to find that her life is different. In fact, it’s so different that all she wants to do is get back to normality. But how does she do that? Go and find out on 15 June!
These are just a tiny taste of what’s happening nationwide for Cruinniú na nÓg, find out what’s on near you and share the fun you’re having on social media using the hashtags #MyCruinniú and #CruinniúToCreate