Creativity was to the fore at Cruinniú na nÓg recently where children and teenagers enjoyed free cultural and creative events across the county.
Events and workshops were all well subscribed and feedback from participants has highlighted the demand for more creative activity choices for our young people in Kerry
Great Choice of Activity
“Feedback tells us that there was a great choice of activity this year and parents were very pleased to be able to access quality free events for their children,”said Kate Kennelly, Creative Ireland Kerry Co-ordinator and Arts Officer at Kerry County Council.
Creative Ireland Funding
The event was organised by the Arts Office at Kerry County Council and brought about as a result of Creative Ireland funding through the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
The Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Niall Kelleher acknowledged the significance of the day and the fact that, in its second year, there were hundreds of children and young people involved in events right across Kerry.
Crowds Up on Last Year
“We are grateful to all our creative professionals, partners and venues who organised events in many towns across the county and attendances were up on last year with some workshops over-subscribed,” Cllr Kelleher said.
Inch Beach Events
Events at Inch Beach offered up not only creative fun but fresh air and fine appetites as a group of exuberant teens created large land art pieces on the beach.
A drumming circle rounded off a day well spent in the open air.
Events in Tralee, Killarney and Listowel
Events in Tralee, Killarney and Listowel were all well attended and a young group of filmmakers in each town got a quick immersion into the busy world of film-making through film, costume and stage make up information.
One parent remarking on the impact an event had on a child: “He’s determined to make movies and you know I think today’s workshop actually taught him the bones of how to do it.”
Around the County
Visual art, craft, puppetry workshops in Ballinskelligs, Cromane, Ballyferriter, Castleisland and Waterville were all well attended, and parents were pleased to see the results in exhibition form as well as creations ready to bring home.
Siamsa Tíre ran an environmental drawing workshop with the apt title ‘How to Save The World’ where young enthusiastic participants responded using creative materials to the big questions affecting our world.
The Wetlands had a great turn out to their pottery and bird making workshops and Kerry County Museum hosted a fully booked creative journalling workshop with Annemarie Ní Churreáin.
A Cultural Force in Kerry
Meanwhile Killarney House hosted five key events including performances, an exhibition and workshops with Ballet Poulet by the Fanzini Brothers a bit hit among younger audiences.
Overall the day was a creative celebration across the county. With over 35 imaginative events in 13 locations, Cruinniú na nÓg is fast becoming a cultural force in Kerry.
Cruinniú na nÓg is…..
Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through a compelling spread of performances, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more.
This variety of child centred events is free and activity based, with plenty of opportunities for young people to get doing, making’ and creating.
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