THIS WEEK, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha, was joined by the scouts of the 80th Coolock Troop at Donaghmede Library to launch Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg programme. On the 23rd of June, young people of Dublin can choose from almost 100 activities around the city which will enable them to access creativity in their communities with their friends and family.
Initiated and developed by Dublin City Council’s creative and cultural teams, creative activity can be found in the city’s cultural venues, libraries and communities spaces on June 23, including activities in all 21 Dublin City Libraries, led by all manner of creative professionals from the worlds of theatre, dance, music, opera, film, circus, performance, fashion, photography, visual arts, digital arts, literature and more.
Some of the projects already underway, which will come to fruition on June 23rd, include:
SEA SONGS ON THE SEA SHORE, in which the Coolock scouts join 150 other scouts on the Clontarf promenade to sing the songs that the 66u Naomh Eoin Clontarf Cub Scouts wrote with the help of musicians Donal Gunne and Eithne Ni Chathain created as part of Dublin’s Culture Connects programme . These songs relate to the importance of protecting our coastline and get people thinking about what plastic is doing to the environment.
On the other side on town in Ballyfermot, UNSUNG YOUTH will showcase the collaborative work of two local youth music groups. The Familibase songwriting and recording project and the Kylemore College youth choir, string section, and songwriters have joined forces to perform their own songs in a Big Top event in La Fanu Park.
In the Watermarque Building in the heart of Dublin’s Digital Dockland’s educationalist and activist Sinead Burke will lead BAILE NUA CLIATH, a series of creative conversations that will give Dublin’s young people a real say in how and why they engage with culture. This in turn will help to shape Dublin City Council Culture Company’s future cultural programming for the city’s young people.
And, ensuring that children are able to partake in Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg no matter what their circumstances; Helium Arts in partnership with the Irish Museum of Modern Art will present a POP-UP PICNIC of creative experiences for young children with complex needs and their families, alongside another series of activities for children in two of the city’s children’s hospitals.
Also included in the programme for Cruinniú na nÓg Dublin will be over 60 activities that were generated by artists, community groups and cultural institutions as a result of a Creative Open Call made by Dublin City Council:
In The Ireland Institute on Pearse St the marvelously named Miss Mousie’s Ball will introduce local children to the many wonders of the indigenous folk songs and nursey rhymes of the South Docklands area; while In Cabra Library Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Seosamh Ó Mhaolalaí, will present stories and song first heard in Dublin over 80 years ago.
In the Mud Island Community Garden on the North Strand there are a series of nature themed art workshops where children will use flowers and foliage to create a ‘Spatter Print’s silhouette print. Led by artist Breda Jackson, these workshops will be nature themed and will allow the children to experience the bio-diversity of the community garden themselves.
Projects such as Spatter Print workshops on Mud Island is a wonderful example of how communities and artists are devising Cruinniú na nÓg Dublin event that reflect their immediate locality and will provide young people with the opportunity to create their own stories and find their place in the city, said Dublin City Council Culture Company Interim Director Iseult Byrne.
Full listing of Dublin Cruinniu events now avavilable at
Cruinniú na nÓg is a national initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to capture the ethos of Creative Ireland’s Creative Youth Pillar and is presented in partnership with the Local Authorities and RTÉ.
Cruinniú na nÓg Dublin is being coordinated by the newly established Dublin City Council Culture Company, through its Dublin’s Culture Connects initiative, which aims to connect Dubliners to their city through making and taking part in culture. www.dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie