Creative Ireland: Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

A national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on 13 June 2020. 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.

Cruinniú na nÓg - Shot for Shot Workshop
Cruinniú na nÓg - Shot for Shot Workshop

Cruinniú na nÓg is an 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, and as part of the Government’s #InThisTogether campaign, the Creative Ireland Programme and RTÉ will bring Cruinniú na nÓg online for 2020.

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 13th June!

Here is a list of Limerick events and workshops taking place:

10:00 Screening: Best of Cruinniu 2019

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 Shorts (30mins)
A collection of short films made by children and young people for junior viewers.

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 Shorts (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.

12:30pm Screening: International Shorts for 12+ yrs (30 mins)
A collection of short films made by and for teenagers around the world.

1:00pm 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!

1:30pm Screening: Secondary Focus Shorts (30 mins)
A collection of award winning short films made by and for teenagers.

2:00pm 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 Film Festival explaining an element of their process.

2:00pm Moving Portraits, 13+ age range
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.

2:30pm Cinematic Smartphone Techniques with Lucy Dawson, 13+ age range
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.

3:30pm Premiere Screening: 'Fresh Blood'
The premiere screening of a horror film made by teenagers from Limerick and Clare as part of the Fresh blood production workshop.

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

For more information see:

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

#CreativeIreland #InThisTogether

Cruinniú na nÓg is initiative that in line with the Creative Youth Plan aims to enable the creativity of every child and young person, and each of the country’s 31 Local Authorities will lead on creating a programme of local events to showcase and share opportunities for children and young people. Children aged 0 to 18 will be able to experience a wealth of creative activities in their homes.
For more information on the all the events planned for Cruinniú na nÓg this year visit the official website at:

We hope you enjoy this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg!

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.

This service is provided by

Culture and Arts Department

Phone +353 61 556370
Limerick City and County Council Headquarters, Merchants Quay, Limerick, V94 EH90