Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of creativity is set to take place for the third year across Donegal on Saturday 13th of June.
It offers opportunities for young people aged 0-18 to explore their creative potential and the Creative Ireland Team, Donegal are inviting young people to have their say and make suggestions for creative activities.
Cruinniú na nÓg simply means ‘The gathering of young people’ and is a highly engaging initiative of the Creative Ireland programme in partnership with Local Authorities. Ireland is the only country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people.
Eileen Burgess, Creative Ireland Donegal coordinator is encouraging children and young people to have their say in shaping the nature of the activities to be planned across the county this June.
“We want children and young people to help us shape this year’s programme by telling us what creative experiences they would like to do or try. We would like to develop a programme that excites and is relevant to young people which will help enhance their creative potential.’
“In 2019 31 events took place across Donegal which included a seaweed safari, a forest school, messy play, virtual reality workshops and many more which took place both in indoor and outdoor locations. The involvement of the Donegal Youth Council in the selection process last year was invaluable and we’re excited to enhance the offering in 2020 by involving the voice of the child at an earlier stage in the planning process.’
Suggestions from children and young people can be submitted either by completing a short questionnaire which is available at http://bit.ly/CruinniúnanÓgCreativeSuggestions or by popping into Donegal County Museum, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny or any one of the 13 libraries across Donegal and completing a short survey.
Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016. It is a five-year all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which at its core is a wellbeing strategy which aims to improve access to cultural and creative activity in every county across the country.
Creative Ireland will prioritise children’s access to art, music, drama and coding; enhance the provision of culture and creativity in every community; further develop Ireland as a global hub for film and TV production; empower and support our artists; drive investment in our cultural institutions; and further enhance our global reputation abroad.
Creative Ireland in Donegal is led out by Donegal County Council.