What a day we had in Waterford for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019!
Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates the creativity of youth throughout Waterford City and County.
On Saturday 15th June Cruinniú na nÓg, a festival of creativity for young people, took place throughout Waterford City and County. A national day of making, doing, creating and talking inspired young people to get in touch with their inner “creative hero”; opportunities to be a street artist with Waterford Walls, a hip-hop dancer in Central Arts, a circus performer in Waterford Cultural Quarter, play a ukulele in Central Library, and build an elephant with Rogue Gallery were taken up with huge enthusiasm.
Waterford City and County Council’s twelve libraries embraced the Cruinniú na nÓg theme of creativity with an exciting programme of events including collage exploring the theme of identity, storytelling , dance, crafts, music, and outreach projects. The importance of expressing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) through creativity was explored in South East Maker Space in an event called “Make a Buzz” where children examined the science behind powering, wiring and using basic electronic components to make a buzz wire game. Cruinniú Talks, hosted and curated by the Lit Young Writers Festival in Theatre Royal provided an opportunity for teens to meet professionals involved in the arts and sports and who discussed their motivations behind their passions.
Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is presented in partnership with RTÉ and the Local Authorities, and is organised by the Creative Ireland team of Waterford City and County Council with assistance from Central Arts.