Creativity for all ages at county Cruinniú na nÓg events

Pictured promoting Creativity for all ages at Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 at Tuam Youth Cafe were Efe Peter, Holly Farrell, Grace Hession Devaney, youth worker Karyn Gavin, Shoaib Ahmmed, Aoife Boyle, Alexandru Sortoc and Kathleen Roberts. Photograph by Aengus McMahon

Pictured promoting Creativity for all ages at Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 at Tuam Youth Cafe were Efe Peter, Holly Farrell, Grace Hession Devaney, youth worker Karyn Gavin, Shoaib Ahmmed, Aoife Boyle, Alexandru Sortoc and Kathleen Roberts. Photograph by Aengus McMahon

Crinniú na nÓg is an annual national initiative celebrating the creative potential of children and young people. Galway is hosting a series of wonderful events across the county on Saturday 15 June, following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event.

These free events and programmes for Cruinniú na nÓg have been organised by the Galway County Arts Office; events include ‘Pop-up Worlds’ with Moonfish Theatre and Galway Public Libraries Mobile Library Service happening on Saturday June 15 in Abbeyknockmoy, Moylough and Mountbellew. This is no ordinary library bus, its books are doorways to the past. Open one, and you will be carried on an epic historical adventure. This is suitable for ages 8-16 years.

There will be ‘multi-sensory fun’ with artist Phillida Eves at Ballinasloe Library. Join Phillida for an exploration of the senses, all at your own pace, in a creative, safe, and fun space. Suitable for ages 0 - 8 years and all are welcome. You can find out how to ‘Dress for Less’ with Get Lippy Youth Group at The Storehouse in Ballinasloe. Join Youth Work Ireland and Comhairle na nÓg youth group for an upcycling workshop led by Sew Last Season, who will demonstrate simple techniques to re-imagine your old garments. Also featuring a fashion show and clothing swap shop. Suitable for ages 13 and over.

Workshops will run in Tuam over three consecutive days leading up to Cruinniú, with a showcase of completed mixed media art presented publicly to the local community on June 15. A group of young people, guided by local artist Sylwia Gryczu of Tandi Art Studio, will use different art forms such as collage, painting, and graffiti to create large visual boards representing culturally diverse characters and promoting positive mental health messages. ‘Colourful Minds - Create, Share, Connect’ takes place at Tuam Youth Café. An original youth theatre production of Wizard? Takes place at Ballygar Town Hall.

Members of Youthwork Ireland Midlands will create a spectacular multimedia journey to the magical land of Oz, working on and off the stage, involved in all elements of this performance.

Joanna McGlynn, Programme Coordinator urges you to find an event nearby and get involved. “Feed your imaginations. Be curious, bring a friend and discover something new together. Cruinniú invites children and young people across Galway County to revel in boundless creativity.”

For further details on what’s on in your area visit https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/events/location/galway%20county/

Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. In partnership with the 31 Local Authorities and supported by RTÉ. Thousands of parents, families and young people are expected to take part in a wide range of fun, free, creative activities; from graffiti art workshops to stop-motion animation, robot-making to shield-making workshops!

Further details online: https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/about/

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