Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 Celebrate Creativity

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Save the date – June 15th – Cruinniú na nÓg celebrating creativity in young people

Do you have an idea for a creative event for children and young people that you would like to see happen?

Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 – the national day of creativity for children and young people – will take place on Saturday 15th June this year. The model is similar to Culture Night except that events are held during the day, making them much more accessible to children and young people.

So if you work with children and young people in some place like a school, crèche or youth club, now is the time to do something really special. Have a chat with them, see what they’re interested in and develop a plan together. Maybe they’ve always wanted to make a film, perform in a band, do some incredible experiments, or explore their own community in a creative way. If you’ve got an idea, Leitrim County Council can help make it happen.

Or if you’re a theatre company, arts centre or involved in culture and creativity in some other way and are looking to engage a new young audience, this is a great opportunity to make that happen.

The guiding principle of Cruinniú 2019 is to empower children and young people to develop their creative expression by providing opportunities for them to participate in creative activities in their local area. Events can take all shapes and sizes from visual and performing arts to workshops and adventures in heritage, culture, science or technology. The emphasis though should be on ‘doing’, ‘making’, ‘creating’. All events should be focussed on children and young people (up to 18), and Leitrim County Council particularly welcome applications that gives access to groups of children who haven’t had such opportunities before.

What Amount Of Money Is Available For Individual Projects?

If you are interested in organising an event the County Council would like to hear from you. Leitrim County Council can provide financial support towards the costs– particularly the costs of hiring artists or other practitioners and the costs of materials. Grants will typically be in the region of €500 to €2,000. While there is no fixed number of awards, there will generally be a larger number of lesser value awards and a small number of higher value ones. Depending on the number of applications received, it may not be possible to fund all applicants and in that case available funding will be allocated to those which best meet the objectives of Leitrim County Council’s Culture and Creativity Strategy. While the focus of most events will be on Saturday 15th, some events can also be held the day before for those groups, especially schools, that meet during the week.

Details of the Council’s Culture and Creative Strategy can be found HERE and Cruinniú na nÓg Application Forms can be downloaded HERE. Completed forms can be submitted by post to Cruinniu na nOg, Leitrim County Council Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim or by email using the file transfer platform to

Closing date for applications is Monday the 1st of April 2019. For more information contact Christine Kelly on 071 96 21694 or email

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