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The sun shone on Donegal’s first Cruinniú na nÓg which took place on Saturday 23 June.  This was particularly lucky for the children and young people attending outdoor events including the sundial mandala workshop at the Regional Cultural Centre and the carnival skills workshop and parade at the Glebe Gallery.

Saturday was a day for ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘creating’!

16 events took place at 13 locations across the county – at the libraries in Bundoran, Letterkenny, Milford, Buncrana, Carndonagh and Na Rosa, at the County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre, Cathedral Quarter Letterkenny, the Balor Theatre, the Donegal Railway Museum, an Chrannóg and the Glebe Gallery.  

Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through filmmaking, story creating/telling, and workshops including art, music, drama, singing, clay, sundial mandala and carnival workshops, and much more. Children were busy creating new flavours for biscuits and sweets at the Jacobs exhibition event at the Museum while in Milford one curious boy queried the truth in the stories and folklore performed by Joe Brennan. At Central library we had budding new female film directors.  The weather allowed for lots of outdoor activity with sundials and a carnival parade.

Events were all free, local and activity-based.

We’re looking forward to next year’s Cruinniú na nÓg (Saturday, June 22nd 2019) already.  In the meantime there are lots of other creative & cultural events for children and young people coming up such as during the Earagail Arts Festival in July, Heritage Week in August and Wainfest in October.  Donegal is a creative & cultural county all year around.

Donegal County Council’s Culture Division and Creative Ireland look forward to celebrating creativity among children later this year once more with the annual Arts and Book Festival for Children, Wainfest from the 6th to 14th October across Donegal. This year’s theme is “Wild and Wondrous” which will see the County celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage and become a children’s playground giving children the opportunity to explore and express their creative side during our family and school events. For more details follow us on Facebook @DonegalCountyLibrary and Twitter @DonegalLibrary and visit www.wainfest.ie.

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