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Press Release for Immediate Release – 18th June 2020 – Cruinniú na nÓg Carlow

Back with a bang for its third year, Cruinniú na nÓg the National day of Creativity for young people saw an amazing range of online activities take place last Saturday 13th June 2020. Workshops, competitions, online tutorials and live dance events were delivered to young people from across the county and indeed around Ireland and beyond!
Today’s Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of free creativity for young people, coordinated by Carlow County Council Arts office and Culture Team chose the theme of “The Sky is Blue”. It’s inspired by Leighlinbridge County Carlow Scientist John Tyndall who figured out why the sky is blue and the effects of global warming.
In so doing he changed the world for the better in many ways and the young people of Carlow creatively respond to that.
Today’s Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of free creativity for young people, coordinated by Carlow County Council Arts office and Culture Team chose the theme of “The Sky is Blue”. It’s inspired by Leighlinbridge County Carlow Scientist John Tyndall who figured out why the sky is blue and the effects of global warming.
In so doing he changed the world for the better in many ways and the young people of Carlow creatively respond to that.
Children and young people engaged online with literature, arts, singing, dance and heritage as part of the completely free programme. The Environment Section of Carlow County Council held a “Scrap-Tastic Upcycling competition to revamp your old clothes. VISUAL invited young people to become exhibition curators at home with their “The Sky is Blue” project. Take A Part Carlow worked with young people to create new dance forms through online dance tutorials with Ruairi Curran and Irene Cunningham, explore the world of poetry, prose and short stories with writer Clifton Redmond, while CREATE School provided fun STEAM workshops in Movie Making, Digital Photography and more, while County Carlow Youth Theatre launched its exciting summer programme entitled “Here We Are Now”.

This year was certainly different as all events took place online, however this was no problem for Carlow young people as the Creative Ireland Facebook page saw traffic between 11-17 June increase to 6,350 post reaches, 793 new engagements with posts and 151 new page views. Parents feedback was very positive with one Mum commenting “Thanks for providing so many cool activities to keep our kids active and entertained”.

Carlow Arts Office decided to commission local film company, ULAB Studio to create a short film to capture some of the fantastic Carlow creatives who took part in Cruinniú na nÓg Carlow 2020! In the film we meet Aoise from Leighlinbridge taking part in the Scraptastic Upcycling Challenge, Isabel from Rathoe engaged in the Blue Skies Art Project & Creative Writing, Diarmuid is taking part in the writing workshop with poet Clifton Redmond, Isabelle tells us Why The Sky Is Blue & Fionn goes digital with Createschool & Carlow County Museum. To view the film, go to https://www.rte.ie/learn/2020/0611/1146826-the-sky-is-blue/

Carlow Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator Sinead Dowling shared ‘this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg, Carlow, was developed around the theme, “The Sky is Blue”, inspired by Leighlinbridge Scientist John Tyndall, who figured out why the sky is blue and the effects of global warming. In so doing he changed the world for the better in many ways and the young people of Carlow creatively responded to that. A special thanks to all of the Carlow organisations that helped make this day a roaring success – Carlow County Museum, Carlow County Library, Take A Part Carlow, Carlow Youth Theatre, VISUAL and Carlow Regional Youth Services.’
For more information visit:
https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/events/location/carlow/

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Cruinniú na nÓg Carlow is organised and managed by Carlow Arts Office as part of the Creative Ireland Programme
For Further information contact the Arts Office: Sinead Dowling, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator or Aileen Nolan – Creative Ireland Carlow Project Assistant
T: +353 (0)59 9136234 M: 087 358 0224 M:0868200247.
E: sdowling@carlowcoco.ie or anolan@carlowcoco.ie