Cruinniú na nÓg : A festival of ONLINE creativity for children and young people with Sligo Library

Cruinniú na nÓg at Sligo Library is moving online!

Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg with some special guests, interactive events, plus opportunities for you to get involved and win some prizes.

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Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  (5th May 2020) announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18.  Full press release here; Minister Madigan launches Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people, Saturday 13th June 2020 | Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Announcing Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Minister Madigan said: “Creativity and culture are powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their innate curiosity. Creativity also helps to encourage social responsibility and personal qualities related to wellbeing such as resilience, empathy, and a capacity for connection and friendship. Over the past 2 years Cruinniú na nÓg has been a key point in the calendar for children and young people to try something creative, develop an appetite for discovery and acquire new skills – and 2020 will be no different.”

In light of the public health restrictions currently in force, the Creative Ireland Programme and its partners have developed a number of creative, cultural and engaging “calls to action” which children, young people – indeed entire families – can create in their own homes and gardens on Saturday 13th June. Highlights will include:

Céilí in the Kitchen – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to create a Céilí in their kitchen for Cruinniú, with Áirc Damhsa, who will guide us through the Irish tradition of these communal social events that take place in houses:


Have you ever made a kite? It’s great fun and really easy. And it’s something you can do in your garden or in the park, while keeping your distance from others. In fact the whole point of kite flying is not to get too close as kite strings can get into a terrible muddle. Design & Crafts Council Ireland have joined forces with Creative Ireland to design a kite that anyone can make at home. All you need is some sticks, some newspaper, some string and a whole lot of imagination. Why not decorate in your favourite colours, or with pictures of your heroes?

On the 28th May at 3pm, a live webinar will start you on the road to making your kite. A further number of videos will guide you and your family through fun ways to make a kite.

• Wednesday June 3 – 1st video live
• Thursday June 4 – 2nd webinar live at 3pm
• Monday June 8 – 2nd video live
• Tuesday 9th & Thursday 11th  – 3 & 4th Webinars live at 3pm
• Wednesday June 10th  – 3rd  video live
• Friday June 12 – Final video live

#CreativeIreland

In the week leading up to Cruinniu na nOg, on June 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th we will be sharing with you the most popular coding games you want to see. For now, just use #CreativeIreland on your social media or email info@whizzkids.ie with a shout out of what type of games you would like to know how to make and we’ll post the 4 most popular workshop requests.