Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 in Leitrim – FREE activities for young people

There are four amazing FREE events for kids and teens in Leitrim as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 20222 in Leitrim.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 is a collaboration between the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the Creative Ireland programme, local authorities and RTÉ and is the only such event in the world.

Saturday, June 11 is the date to mark in your diary.

fairy tea
In Manorhamilton, join the Rabbits Riot Theater Company at Manorhamilton Castle for an afternoon of arts and crafts, interactive storytelling and a fairy-like tea party!
Hosted by an array of dazzling and magical fairies on the castle grounds, this is an event not to be missed. A real snack will be provided by Fulacht Fiadh Cafe.
It is suitable for ages 3-8 and children are encouraged to dress up as a fairy or other magical being!

Youth theater
Discover the creativity of theater for young people in these high-energy workshops in Carrigallen. Explore your imagination and self-expression by designing, creating and performing. In this fun space, you’ll learn the basic skills of acting, performance and storytelling, and directing.
There are two workshops:
3-4:30 p.m. (9-12 years old)
4:30–6:30 p.m. (13–18 years old).
They will be hosted by Sonia Norris and Regina Kiernan.

Create a dream catcher
Join artist Crona Gallagher to create your very own dreamcatcher from locally found and sought after natural materials.
Bring your own bric-a-brac found in your garden, during your walks, or small objects that you would like to add to your dreamcatcher. Materials are provided for those who did not go looking.
Weave materials into a web around a willow hoop. At the end of each line, a dream catcher or ‘fly’ will be added.
Each piece will then be exhibited in the gallery space for two weeks to the delight of visitors!

STEAM workshops
For members of the Breffni Youth Cafe in Carrick-on-Shannon, they can spark their curiosity about coding, electronics and more in a STEAM workshop from June 5-11.
At the launch of Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 last week, Minister Catherine Martin said: “Since 2018, Cruinniú na nÓg has become a key date in the Irish cultural calendar. It has provided wonderful opportunities for Ireland’s 1.2 million children and young people to try something new like circus skills, animation, perform at live music concerts, explore contemporary dance, to present new works through theater for young people and much more. All events are free.
“We are so thrilled that the restrictions of the past two years are behind us and that this year everyone can come together to be creative, express themselves and have fun.”

Historic Houses of Ireland will bring the excitement of Cruinniu na nÓg 2022 to four of their magnificent properties. Activities will include aerobatics at Killruddery House and Gardens in Wicklow and a forestry school at Kilmokea House in Wexford. Birr Castle will focus on astronomy and biodiversity and Enniscoe in Mayo will have a full program of events in its historic gardens.
Creative Ireland and RTÉ’s wonderful youth art competition is back, and winners will be announced on June 11, 2022. The deadline for entries is May 13, 2022.
TG4, with support from the Gaeltacht division of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, will produce Cruthaím 33 which will showcase the talents of 33 children and young people from every county in the country as well as a representative of our young diaspora.

Full list of all activities and booking at www.cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie and www.rte.ie

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