Creativity to the fore at Cruinniú na nÓg

Killarney children and teenagers were among hundreds who enjoyed free cultural and creative events as part of Cruinniú na nÓg last Saturday.

Creativity was to the fore at all the events and workshops which were all well subscribed and feedback from participants has highlighted the demand for more creative activity choices for our young people in Kerry

“Feedback tells us that there was a great choice of activity this year and parents were very pleased to be able to access quality free events for their children”, stated Kate Kennelly, Creative Ireland Kerry Co-ordinator and Arts Officer at Kerry County Council, stated.  The event was organised by the Arts Office at Kerry County Council and brought about as a result of Creative Ireland funding through the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Mayor of Kerry Councillor Niall Kelliher acknowledged the significance of the day and the fact that in its second year there were hundreds of children and young people involved in events right across Kerry. “We are grateful to all our creative professionals, partners and venues who organised events in many towns across the county”, Councillor Kelliher went on to say. Attendances were up on last year with some workshops over-subscribed.

Events at Inch Beach offered up not only creative fun but fresh air and fine appetites as a group of exuberant teens created large land art pieces on the beach. A drumming circle rounded off a day well spent in the open air. Events in Tralee, Killarney and Listowel were all well attended and a young group of filmmakers in each town got a quick immersion into the busy world of filmmaking through film, costume and stage make up information. One parent remarked “He is determined to make movies and you know I think today’s workshop actually taught him the bones of how to do it”.  Visual art, craft, puppetry workshops in Ballinskelligs, Cromane, Ballyferriter, Castleisland and Waterville were all well attended, and parents were pleased to see the results in exhibition form as well as creations ready to bring home. Siamsa Tíre ran an environmental drawing workshop with the apt title ‘How to Save The World’ where young enthusiastic participants responded using creative materials to the big questions affecting our world.  The Wetlands had a great turn out to their pottery and bird making workshops and Kerry County Museum hosted a fully booked creative journalling workshop with Annemarie Ní Churreáin. Meanwhile Killarney House hosted five key events including performances, an exhibition and workshops with Ballet Poulet by the Fanzini Brothers a bit hit among younger audiences.

Overall the day was a creative celebration across the county. With over 35 imaginative events in 13 locations, Cruinniú na nÓg is fast becoming a cultural force in Kerry.

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