Free creative events for children and young people in Louth this weekend as part of Cruinniú na nÓg

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Cruinniú na nÓg, the annual day of free creativity for children and young people, takes place on Saturday 11 June. The event is organized by Creative Ireland, in collaboration with Louth County Council and Louth Creative Ireland’s cultural team.

This year we are back in person with our Carnival of Creativity across the county and have a full lineup of activities and workshops to offer. The Cruinniú na nÓg program encourages children to embrace their creativity and get involved in arts and culture and we run events in Carlingford, Dundalk, Ardee and Drogheda.

Carlingford – At the Carlingford Heritage Center between 2 and 4 p.m., Creative Spark will host workshops where kids can try their hand at screen printing, origami and collage, all inspired by Carlingford and its fascinating heritage.

Dundalk – A Táin arts center offers storytelling, pottery making and dance for musical theater workshops available at varying times between 10am and 6pm. The MAD Youth Theater will also organize a free theater workshop between 2 and 4 p.m. and we will have students from the musical generation performing live in the market square, showcasing the fabulous talents of our young county musicians. Members of the Dundalk Youth Center will also present a re-enactment of the story of the ‘Rediscovery of the Tain Bo Cuailnge’. Finally, at the Creative Spark facility in Clontygora, there will be an exhibition of work in progress at the Redeemer Resource Center with a group of young mothers and toddlers who were part of one of our outreach programs.

Ardee – We have exhibitions at the Bohemian Center showcasing work produced in 3 different workshops that have been running with the New Leaf program at Ardee and Dunleer over the past 6 weeks. The young participants worked on a digital animation project, learned to DJ and on a filmmaking project. Their works will be exhibited at the center bohème on Saturday, June 11.

Drogheda – There will be ‘Thrilling Tales’ from Barlow House, ‘Superstories and Superheros’ at the Droichead Arts Center and a fantastic free workshop from the Drogheda Youth Theater at the Barbican Centre. Meanwhile, at the Drogheda Library there will be an exhibition of mixed media sculptures made by members of the Connect Family Resource Center over the past few weeks as part of the latest of our outreach projects. Finally, the Drogheda Library will also host in-person workshops on June 11 where children will make Berehynias, traditional dolls from Ukraine. Ukrainian artist Olga Duka will lead the 3 workshops with the second workshop specifically for Ukrainian children.

All in-person events on June 11 are free, but reservations are required. Materials will be provided for a selection of workshops and can be picked up in advance on site. All activities and events are organized in collaboration with An Táin Arts Centre, Droichead Arts Centre, Creative Spark, Carlingford Heritage Center and County Louth Libraries. With special thanks also to the New Leaf Program, Connect Family Resource Center and Redeemer Family Resource Center

For more details on all the events, go to:

https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/events/location/louth/

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