Creative Ireland: Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 goes virtual

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

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

A national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on Saturday, June 13. Children and young people are invited to take part in a range of events and workshops delivered by Limerick Culture and Arts Office in partnership with Fresh Film.

All events are child-centred and activity-based. It’s a day for lots of doing, making and creating! Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, and as part of the Government’s #InThisTogether campaign, the Creative Ireland Programme and RTÉ will bring Cruinniú na nÓg online for 2020.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

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

This is the third year of Cruinniú na nÓg and there are hundreds of free creative activities taking place throughout Ireland for young people under 18 within the Government and NPHET guidelines of social distancing and staying safe.

Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland’s national day of youthful creativity and the final showcase will take place on June 13, 2020. However, this time, due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we are creating together but kept apart.

So this year our Limerick events will be online and we will be posting updates about our events on social media for local children to follow, engage with and enjoy.

We encourage young people to answer the call, to get creative at home and be ready to showcase their creative talents on Saturday, June 13!

Highlights include a Paper Costumes and Props Workshop with Lumen Street Theatre, a Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Emma Fisher, and The Story of the Wind Children: A MusiTale with Thomas Johnston. There are also film workshops and screenings throughout the day.


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.

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