Show your creativity at this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg live and online in Limerick for 2021!

  • Cruinniu na nOg 2020

Children across Limerick are being invited to take part in this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg on 12 June.

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.

It 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!

All events are free of charge, child-centred and activity-based. It’s a day for lots of doing, making and creating!

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, Creative Ireland, Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and Fresh Film will bring Cruinniú na nÓg to families and young people across Limerick City and County on Saturday 12 June with a mixture of live and online activities for all ages.

Digital content can be accessed at We will also 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 12 June!

Dr Pippa Little, Culture and Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Co-ordinator with Limerick City and County Council said: “Cruinniú na nÓg is a wonderful opportunity for children and young people to explore their creativity, at a time when they have had to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.”

“This year’s programme offers something for all age groups to enjoy, beginning with a sensitive and beautiful story from Ceol Connected. Other highlights include a Foley Sound effects for film with household items, a story writing workshop with Irish writer Julian Gough, and in Limerick our focus on film in partnership with Fresh Film, brings the work of children and young people throughout the day to their peers alongside an in-depth programme exploring filmmaking.”

Limerick Culture and Arts Office in partnership with Fresh Film, the young people's film organisation based here in Limerick, are delivering a programme of film-based activities, storytelling, sound effect making, a musi-tale and dance class for younger children, screenings from the last 25 years of Fresh Film in the city and more advanced filmmaking techniques for children 13-18 across the city and county.

This will be delivered online using our social media and video platforms.

Partners include Limerick Youth Service, Foroige, Dóchas Mid-West, Emerging Limerick Filmmakers and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board who will be delivering a wide ranging and exciting programme for the day!

Throughout the summer there will be an exhibition of Limerick children’s artwork from the Creative Ireland ‘This Is Art’ initiative. These are being hung on the perimeter of the Potato Market Railings.

We would like young people to take a picture of their favourite piece and tag @FreshFilm and @LimerickArts on social media letting us know why they like it, to be entered into a draw to win one of three FRESH FILM goodie bags.

On the day itself we begin with a screening of a short film introduction to the programme at 10.00 am, followed at 10:15am by The Far Field story & singalong session 0-4 year olds

The otherworldly realm of fairies and folklore is brought to life by Thomas Johnston of Ceol Connected in this joyful musical story for young children. Enter the realm of fairies and folklore in this joyful musical story for young children. Sing, dance and clap along!

Dance at 11:00 with Selma Daniel, for 2 - 5 year olds. Join us for this fun Dance workshop via Zoom.  Dance Limerick, Limerick Childcare Committee and the Local Creative Youth Partnership present this event. Places must be booked in advance and children must be accompanied by an adult.

At 11.00 watch the Foley Workshop for 5-8 year olds. Led by Zita Monahan of Moonfish Theatre. This fun hands-on workshop in making sound effects with household supplies shows you how to make sound effects for your next film.

Author Julian Gough will host a Story Writing workshop for 9-12 year olds via Zoom at 12.00pm. Julian wrote the Rabbit and Bear series of books for children and the Minecraft End Poem. This workshop must be pre-booked via Eventbrite. Afterwards you can watch the recorded Q&A with Julian on

At 12.30 watch Classic Fresh: Animation Screening - featuring the best short animations from the Fresh Archive. Suitable for 5 - 13 year olds.

Roxanna NicLiam and Alexandria Martin will Introduce 13+ years to the basics of turning your performance piece into a digital film piece at 1:00. The workshop will be available to view on

At 2.00 we kick off our Peer Made Content for young filmmakers aged 13-18.  Listen to Young podcasters Viral Convo’s Cruinniú na nÓg special on film.

Watch the ‘How to’ tutorial Fusing animation with live action by award winning young filmmakers Max Hendrickson and Kevin Meggs at 2:30.

Join our Panel Discussion at 3:00 via zoom webinar on Making film in many languages, featuring young makers discussing creating film in languages other than English. Places must be booked in advance.

Finally we will round off the day at 4.00 with the Classic Fresh: MidWest screening for 13 - 18 year olds of award winning films made by young people from the Midwest over the last 25 years.

Throughout the day youth groups across Limerick city and county will explore youth work through film. These groups are Limerick’s Emerging Young Filmmakers, Foroige Kilmallock, West Limerick Youth Space, Askeaton and Dóchas Mid-West. These in-person workshops are targeted at groups who have found it difficult to connect due to restrictions. Limerick Culture and Arts Office and Fresh Film are delighted to work with diverse groups across the city and county on Cruinniú na nÓg.

**All workshops will go live at the times above and most will be available online afterwards throughout the day and for the summer months on Booking Links will be available shortly

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