On Saturday 23rd June 2018 young Dubliners and their families took to their local parks, beaches, community centres, libraries and cultural venues all over the city to participate in more than 120 free Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg events.
With a big emphasis on not only seeing, but also making and doing, these creative events varied from making splatter prints with leaves, to music and drama play dates for the littlest of the audience at the Mud Island Community Garden on the North Strand, to a massive concert in La Fanu Park, Ballyfermot which celebrated the talents of young local musicians.
Throughout the city, Cruinniú na nÓg programme focused on activities which enabled young people to access creativity in their communities. These included specially curated cultural experiences for children with chronic illness at IMMA, to groups of scouts who performed their own sea songs that reflected their concerns about environmental issues in Clontarf, alongside investigative workshops lead by educator and activist Sinead Burke that will inform creative projects for Dublin’s young people in the future and numerous workshops in all public libraries across the city.
Also included in the programme were over 40 projects that were generated by artists, community groups and cultural institutions as a result of a Creative Open Call made by Dublin City Council, and 10 larger events specifically developed for the Day. The teams delivered a great range of events and really entered into the spirit of creativity for young people locally – shining a spotlight on many opportunities available in all sorts of community buildings and spaces like parks, libraries and local centres and venues across the City.
It was a great achievement by our teams, artists and venues to deliver so many events on the one day, particularly involving so many different partners and venues locally across the City. We all enjoyed sparking the imagination of the children who attended and participated in great numbers, and took great inspiration ourselves from all of the smiles on the children’s faces and lots of very creative things made, written, shared and performed.
Iseult Byrne CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company who programmed and coordinated Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the making of Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg as well as joining us to enjoy it on the day, for helping make it a great success.
Initiated and developed by Dublin City Council’s creative and cultural teams, 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 was 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.0