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17/06/20 Kitchens and living rooms were a hive of activity on the national day of youthful creativity

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Sisters Tallulah (11) and Violet (6) busy creating their very own Kites for Cruinniú. Photo Credit Paul McGuckin


Cruinniú na nÓg took place last Saturday (13 June) in living rooms and kitchens throughout Donegal and across Ireland. Children and young people had the opportunity to participate in a whole range of online activities including online workshops, a mini youth music festival, a short film release and tutorials.


The national day of youthful creativity is now in its third year of delivering creative events to young people in their own locality. This year with public health advice, it required a creative approach. Speaking on behalf of Donegal County Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg team, Karen Sheehy is delighted with how well it was received. “Children from all corners of Donegal and beyond were able to access quality creative workshops with experienced professionals in creative writing, song writing, coding and broadcasting, without having to leave the house,”  said Karen.


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Gathering of the Force at Banba’s Crown, Malin Head. Photo Credit: Martha McCulloch


Some of the events required some input prior to the big day and are widely available online. Budding young chefs contributed to a dedicated e-book, Recipes for Disaster.

The Alone Together youth mini music festival, organised by the Regional Cultural Centre in collaboration with The Loft, offered young musicians and music fans the opportunity to put together their very own festival.


A Short Film Gathering of the Force, which premiered on social media on Saturday, was also a huge hit. The film represents the resilience of young people throughout this pandemic and showcases the breathtaking scenery at Donegal’s Banba’s Crown.


Across Ireland there were over 500 free to attend virtual events and activities which catered for those aged 0 – 18 years. One of the greatest strengths of Cruinniú 2020 was that each family in Ireland had equal access to cultural programmes across the country and  could attend events at the dedicated children’s cultural centre The Ark and the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin without having to make a trip.


Cruinniú na nÓg is the flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme's Creative Youth plan. Donegal County Council's Culture and Creativity Team administer the programme in County Donegal.


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You can relive the Alone Together Music Festival, read the Recipes for Disaster ebook and watch the Gathering of the Force video at the links below.


Alone Together Music Festival


Recipes for Disasters ebook


Gathering of the Force


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