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Creative Ireland: Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 goes virtual

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is an event for children and young to take part in a range of events and workshops delivered by Limerick Culture and Arts Office in partnership with Fresh Film.

Creative Ireland: Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 goes virtual

Limerick will celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg- a national day of creativity for children and young people – with a host of FREE online events and workshops on Saturday 13 June.

Delivered by Limerick City and County Council in partnership with Fresh Film, Cruinniú na nÓg is a national initiative that celebrates and encourages participation in culture and creativity through performance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings, screenings, special events and much more.




For the 3rd year in a row, the Council is partnering with Fresh Film to deliver a programme of film-based activities, storytelling, prop and costume making from recycled objects, animation for beginners and more advanced film making techniques for children, 0-18 across the city and county.

The programme will be delivered online via ( with updates on supported by the Library Service, Limerick Youth Service plus Clare and Limerick Education and Training Board.

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The events and workshops are all child friendly and focused on creativity.

Dr Pippa Little, Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council said the day is about giving children and young people the opportunity to express themselves through a specially curated programme of cultural and creative activities where they can share their ideas, learn new skills and have fun.

“We’re encouraging everyone to make a day of it on Saturday 13 June with your family, with screenings for all age groups and a fantastic array of workshops, including paper costumes and props with Lumen Street Theatre and Stop motion animation with Emma Fisher. Both workshops use household objects and recycled materials. Later on in the day are film workshops, Shot for Shot with Emma Sams, Peer ‘How to’ Commissions and Cinematic Smartphone techniques with Lucy Dawson. Check out the national programme too, with resources available now with Céilí in the Kitchen and Let’s Go Fly a Kite and in the week leading up to Cruinniú, Coding for Cruinniú – Create a Video Game App. Save the date, roll up your sleeves and enjoy the creativity of making.”

Highlights of the Limerick Cruinniú na nÓg programme on Saturday 13 June include:

10:00: ‘The Best of Cruinniú 2019’ Launching the day with a five minute filmabout Cruinniú in Limerick last year.

10:15 The Story of the Wind Children: A MusiTale with Thomas Johnston 0-5yr Olds
Join musician Thomas Johnston (whistle and vocals) on a wonderfully musical telling of The Story of the Wind Children, a beautifully illustrated story by Sibylle von Olfers (1910).  As you embark on an adventure through story with the Wind Children, the music will help to lift you to the skies!

10:30 Screening: Junior Focus Short Animations (30mins)
A collection of short animations made by children and young people for junior viewers. Screened and programmed in partnership with VAFI/RAFI, Croatia

11:00 Paper Costumes and Props workshop with Lumen Street Theatre, 5-8yr olds
Lumen Street Theatre will run a Prop and Costume workshop to engage young people in reusing ordinary materials they have at home. Lumen will use these everyday items to create attractive and imaginative props and costumes, demonstrating how to reuse materials creatively instead of disposing of them.

11:30 Screening: Primary Focus Short Films (30 mins)
A collection of short films made by children and young people for primary aged children.

12:00 Stop motion Animation Workshop with Emma Fisher, 8-12yr olds
Make your very own stop motion animation. Create puppets from house hold recycling such as cereal and egg boxes and from household objects. Draw background scenes for your puppets and use a free animation app easily downloadable from a phone or tablet to animate your characters in the scene.

12:30 Screening: International Shorts Films for 12+ yrs (30 mins)
A collection of four films made by and for teenagers from Canada, Russia and Australia.

1:00 Shot for Shot Workshop with Emma Sams, 12-18yr olds
Starting with a demonstration of the different types of camera shots eg; close up, tracking, pan etc, we will demonstrate how a film scene is put together using the different angles and edits. Selecting a 1 – 2 minute section of a classic film or TV programme, we will recreate the original, clip for clip laying them against the original soundtrack. This workshop is for building your skills in planning your shots and editing the final product together!

1:30 Screening: Secondary Focus Shorts for 12+ yrs (30 mins)
A collection of Irishaward-winning short films made by and for teenagers.

2:00 Peer ‘How To’ Commissions, 12-18yr olds
We have asked 3 young Irish filmmakers to create short ‘How To’ videos on an element of their work and explain how they do it! These short skills based videos feature the work of teen filmmakers who submit work to Fresh International Film Festival explaining an element of their process.

2:00 Moving Portraits, 13+ yr olds
Limerick and Clare Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) is running an online workshop for young people who would like to create their own Moving Portrait. Voice coaching, editing, dialogue and copyright are some of the areas to be covered.

2:30 Cinematic Smartphone Techniques with Lucy Dawson, 13+yr olds
Learn cinematic smartphone techniques in this online workshop where we will guide you through video settings and techniques to take your film making to the next level. From slow motion to stabilization, lighting, visual effects and essential accessories, you’ll gain a deeper knowledge of smartphone movie making with which to express your creative vision.

3:30 Premiere Screening: ‘Fresh Blood’ 13+yr
The premiere screening of ‘Melpomene’ a horror film made by teenagers from Limerick and Clare as part of the Fresh Blood production workshop.

**All screenings and workshops will go live at the times above and will be available online afterwards throughout the day. Links will be available shortly.

All workshops will be available for the duration of the summer.

CruinniúnanÓg 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.

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Fresh Film runs a number of initiatives under strand headings. The Fresh Production strand features the ‘Fresh Blood’ horror film workshop, the ‘Hothouse’ programme and the ‘Fresh Film Squad’ designed to bring young people together to share their film experiences and create new work.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

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.

Under its Fresh Education strand, it devises film programmes for the classroom such as the ‘You Judge It’ school juries, and the ‘young programmer’ project.  As part of its Fresh International strand, it distributes Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world and seeks opportunities for young people to participate in international exchanges.

Fresh Film is an advocate for young filmmakers year-round and encourages young people to make films by hosting the annual Fresh International Film Festival which incorporates Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards.  2021 will be its 25th year encouraging young people from Ireland and overseas, aged 7 to 18 years, to create, exhibit and share films. 

The Fresh International Film Festival provides an opportunity for young filmmakers to see their work on the big screen and to compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year and to win €1000 towards their next film.

All submissions are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards including the Radharc Trust Award for documentaries, the Animation Award, the RTÉ 60 Second Award, the Film in the Irish Language award and the RTÉ Factual Award, in addition to the International and Audience awards.   

For a full list of Limerick Cruinniú na nÓg events and workshops taking place, click here.

For more information on Fresh Film, click here.

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