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11 June 2022

The East Unleashed: What’s on in Leinster for Cruinniú na nÓg


From pop up dance bonanzas to comic book creations, foraging forest fun to super scientific showcases, Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 is fast approaching and promises tonnes of creative discovery across the country.

A carnival atmosphere comes to Carlow

With 500+ events taking place nationwide and online, there’s so much to explore! Here are just a few of the many exciting free events taking place in Leinster on June 11th.

A carnival of creativity in Carlow, Dublin City and Co. Dublin

The festival atmosphere will be in full swing in the south-east at the Carlow Carnival of Collective Joy. Created by the creative young people of Carlow Town, come watch them parade their fantastic creations from Carlow College towards Dublin Road, Tullow Street and College Street, spreading joy and celebration along the way.

In Dublin City, catch a host of budding rock gods take to the National Concert Hall stage for Garageland Galaxyz. An exciting new nationwide festival for young musicians aged 12-18, the National Concert Hall is one of just eight live stages around the country and online that will showcase inspiring young musical talent on June 11th.

The stars of tomorrow hit the Garageland Galaxyz stage

In Howth Library, artist John Carpenter will transform talented teens into manga maestros at his interactive manga art workshop. A beginner’s level session, participants will learn how to create their very own manga characters.

Get ready to spray up a storm in Dún Laoghaire as Street Art Ink invites young people to try out their skills at an entertaining street art workshop. Taking place at dlr LexIcon, artist Juliette Viode will help young wunderkinds to create a unique artwork they can take home and admire.

Shake a can and get creative un Dún Laoghaire

Run wild in a live action, world-building, role-playing, collaborative storytelling game at The Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Cruthú | ReImagined promises a host of creative choices and challenges, dilemmas and decisions in this unusual yet irresistible interactive experience.

Robots, Lego and comic book creations in Kildare, Kilkenny and Offaly

Know your micro-controllers from your motors? You certainly will after Professor Peter Redmond’s robotics workshop in Newbridge Library, Co. Kildare. An inventor, engineer, scientist and robotics guru, Peter will teach participants some basic coding and how to build a robot during this fun, interactive session.

Robotics fun in Kildare

Build, make, invent! Brick by brick, experienced Lego creators will lead young makers in a dynamic learning experience at imaginative, multi-sensory Lego workshops in Ferrybank and Thomastown Libraries, Co. Kilkenny. 

The event young comic book lovers have been waiting for! Digital artist Marta Bonikowska invites children aged 13+ to a very special bilingual English/Ukrainian ‘Create a Comic Cover’ art workshop on June 11th. Taking place in Birr Library, Co. Offaly, they’ll learn how to pose characters and bring covers to life with vibrant colour palettes and snappy titles.

Offaly plays host to future comic book artists

Crafts, raps and scientific craic in Longford, Louth and Meath

Longford Libraries are challenging young people to unleash their inner MCs and fine tune those rhyming skills at rap workshops in Longford Town and Edgeworthstown. Hosted by K Muni and ND from Academy Records, Co. Longford’s up-and-comers will revel in the chance to write their own raps and wax lyrical for Cruinniú na nÓg.

Unleash your inner MC in Longford

In Louth, explore the hands-on world of screen printing, origami and collage at a series of engaging workshops in the medieval surrounds of Carlingford Heritage Centre. Young artistic minds will love creating artworks inspired by Carlingford’s beauty and heritage.

How do you balance a chair on your chin? Can liquid be juggled? How do circus performers eat fire? All these questions and more will be answered at StrongWomen Science’s Circus Science Show! Sure to intrigue and astound many a curious young mind, these amazing feats of fun will take place in Ashbourne Library, Co. Meath. 

Amazing feats of fun and science await in Meath

Daring dance and musical treats in Westmeath and Laois

Beautiful Belvedere House and Gardens, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath sets the scene for a day filled with musical delights on June 11th. Music Generation Offaly-Westmeath invites children and teenagers to pop by and join in a range of exciting workshops. From singing to giving musical instruments a go, all ages are covered at this family-friendly day out.

Prepare to bust a move and let loose in Co. Laois! The enigmatic talents of Laois Youth Dance Ensemble will stage pop up dances, dance workshops and lively outdoor performances at the Knockmay Estate, Portlaoise on June 11th. Part of Dance Ireland’s Pop Up Dances project, young people are invited to come along and learn hip hop and modern fusion dance techniques. And remember, there’s no such thing as two left feet!

Dance goes pop! Pop up dance in Laois

Foraging fun and imaginative upcycling in Wicklow and Wexford

Get snap happy in Dunlavin Library, Co. Wicklow as Cardboard Collectif reveal how some simple cardboard and paper can enjoy new life as a polaroid camera. All materials are supplied for this junk modelling workshop and all the young participants need to bring is their imaginations.

A day of foraging and forest fun is on the cards at Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens, Campile, Co. Wexford. Young explorers will love getting to grips with flora and fauna in Kilmokea’s expansive gardens… they’ll even transform their foraging yields into cordial and gummy bears! This truly wild Wexford afternoon will also include den-building and learning to cook over an open fire.

Forage in the forest!

These are just a snapshot of the hundreds of events taking place in Leinster and across the country for Cruinniú na nÓg on June 11th. Check out what’s on in Connacht, Ulster and Munster too!

Find fantastic free events near you here.

Can’t make an event in-person? There’s lots to explore online too!

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