Cruinnú na nÓg 2022 returns to Wicklow in June

Children and young people across County Wicklow are invited to get creative and take part in Cruinnú na nÓg 2022 which takes place on Saturday, 11th June.

Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities. It is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.

This year Wicklow County Arts Office has selected an exciting and engaging programme of activities which will give the whole family the opportunity to try something new and celebrate creativity.

Amongst the highlights in a packed programme are:

  • Wicklow County Arts Office has created a special West Wicklow programme with candle making, forest school activities, juggling, movie making and a cooking demonstration by Catherine Fulvio to name just a few.
  • Garageland Galaxyz is an electrifying new nationwide festival featuring young musicians aged 12-18. With eight Live Stages all over Ireland and a giant online multicast featuring hundreds of young artists, special guests and music industry workshops, Garageland Galaxyz is set to be one of the biggest events ever seen for supporting young Irish musicians. Anyone interested in taking part can send an email with the subject line “YES Galaxyz Wicklow” to info@garageland.ie by Thursday, 13th May.
  • In partnership with Youth Theatre Ireland, Mr Sands Youth Theatre and Making Waves Youth Theatre are both providing taster workshops where aspiring young actors and performers can get to meet existing members, see the things they’ve made and play drama games.
  • Circus Explored aims to encourage every child in Ireland to learn to juggle. Over 5000 FREE juggling balls are being distributed to every county in Ireland. Children and Young people can pick up a set by registering with www.isacs.ie and then receive four online tutorials in ball juggling.
  • Wicklow Libraries are hosting a range of fun fill activities and workshops including junk workshops, traditional singing, smart phone film making, puppet shows and more.
  • Finally, in collaboration with the Historic Houses of Ireland, Killruddery House is providing a weekend of art, culture and heritage for children. ‘I See You’ will see workshops by Aduantas Aerial, Me & The Moon and circus performers Ben Carpenter, Bróna Howard and Stephen McGinley.

Cathaoirlach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Shay Cullen, said he was pleased that the Council can present a full range of in person events which capture children’s imaginations after the two years of COVID-19 prevented such activity.

Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Brian Gleeson, is delighted with the range of opportunities and the number of locations that the programme reaches in the county in 2022 and commented: “We hope that children and young people unleash their creativity and celebrate the day with us.”

All these events are free, book today to avoid disappointment.

Take a look full programme of Cruinniú na nÓg events HERE and on Creative Ireland’s website HERE

For further information, please contact Síle Stewart, Art Services Coordinator, Wicklow County Arts Office, at sstewart@wicklowcoco.ie or on 0404 20100 ext 4910.

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