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Get Creative at Cruinniú na nÓg – Here’s Whats Happening in Mayo

Date: 08-06-2021

Circus classes on Achill, a scavenger hunt in Ballinglen,  a gardening workshop in Kilmovee,  outdoor story telling and yoga in Belmullet, – these are just a few of the events for children taking place next Saturday for the Cruinniú na nÓg Festival.  In Castlebar the Linenhall  Arts centre will create a series of short videos to promote creativity in music, art and dance - check out Garden Grooves, Toy Art and Family Funk on their website. Whereas in Ballina members of Downs Syndrome Mayo can get involved in creating a large outdoor art piece. Other events include putting a Mayo person on the moon (not really, but a new video will show you how); learning to play the pipes and making mini books.

County Mayo is no slouch in the creativity stakes – just look at our impressive array of award-winning writers, not to mention our amazingly expressive artists, multi-talented musicians, and theatrical titans. So it makes sense to celebrate and harness that creativity in the most colourful way possible for Cruinniú na nÓg – Creative Ireland’s flagship programme – which takes place nationally on June 15.

Cruinniú na nÓg encompasses a wide-ranging and exciting programme of events – with the celebration of creativity for young people at its heart.  As well as the line-up of events planned throughout Mayo, young people can also take part in national initiatives such as a global drumming workshop, a national dance challenge, a three-day children’s film festival and a national knitting event. The country will truly come alive for the day – a day of celebrating and encouraging children and young people to take part in cultural and creative events around the county. And young Mayo minds will have their pick of the creative fun this year!

“Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under eighteen,” says Mayo Creative Ireland Coordinator Austin Vaughan. “And in Mayo we will have ten events covering all areas of creativity from a moon landing art workshop to acrobatics and from film making to nature workshops.”

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. The festival is organised by the Creative Ireland team of Mayo County Council.  So make sure to take part in one of the fun, free, creative activities for one day only on June 12th . As the great Maya Angelou said: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Cruinniú na nÓg takes place in Mayo on Saturday, June 12th. All events are free. Full programme at

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