Cruinniú na nÓg 2022

Saturday, 11th June 2022
A day of free creative activity for young people

Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, recently announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2022, a day of free creative activity for young people:

“Since 2018, Cruinniú na nÓg has become a key date in Ireland’s cultural calendar. It has provided wonderful opportunities for Ireland’s 1.2 million children and young people to try something new like circus skills, animation, perform at live music gigs, explore contemporary dance, showcase new work through youth theatre and so much more. We are so thrilled that the restrictions of the last two years are behind us and that this year everyone can join together to be creative, express themselves and have fun. All events are free.”

Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 is a collaboration between the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ and is the only event of its kind in the world.

Cruinniú na nÓg Laois 2022: Full Programme here

More information at

Launching Cruinniú na nÓg Laois which is being held on the 11th June next are senior infants at Rath N.S. with Ann Lawlor, Creative Ireland Laois; Laura Kavanagh, teacher; Erica Borges, Laois Youth Dance Ensemble; Cllr Conor Bergin, Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council; Rosa Flannery, Music Generation Laois and Jeca the clown.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Launching Cruinniú na nÓg Laois which is being held on the 11th June next are senior infants at Rath N.S. with Jeca the clown.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Cruinniú na nÓg Laois is a day of creativity for children and young people under the age of 18 which celebrates and encourages participation in culture and creativity through ‘doing’, ‘making’, and ‘creating’ from visual and performing arts to workshops and adventures in heritage, libraries, culture, science, technology or climate action. Events are free, local and activity-based.

Cruinniú na nÓg Laois 2022: Full Programme here



Art Competition 2022
Laois Series: A Sense of Place

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. Competition opens at 10am on Wednesday 20th April.

Create a piece of art inspired by your SENSE OF PLACE and let your imagination soar in this art competition for children and young people up to 18 (living in Laois). The sky is the limit and your artwork can be in any visual art medium such as, drawing, painting, Lego, sculpture, print, collage, digital photography, mixed media, graffiti, etc. These are examples and not a prescriptive list.

Age categories are: Under 6 | 6-8 | 9-11 | 12-14 | 15-18

Download entry details & terms of the competition at the Dunamaise Arts Centre website

Prize: The artworks will be adjudicated by a panel of professional artists nominated by Laois Arts Office and Dunamaise Arts Centre. Five winners will be selected in total and their artworks will be exhibited at Dunamaise Arts Centre café for Cruinniú na nÓg on 11th June 2022, and also available as a series of postcards. A launch event will be organised for the entrants and their families and friends (Date TBC).

Final Submission date for entries: midnight, Wednesday 25th May


Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 Open Call Grant Scheme


Laois County Council – Creative Ireland Laois is seeking artists to create and deliver a programme of activities/ events to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 11 June,  2022.

We are inviting applications from creative practitioners, artists, and art organisations /groups  (including a team of creative practitioners) who have the capacity to devise, facilitate and deliver creative content and activities for children and young people in any medium or artform (examples include theatre, music, circus, street art, performance, fashion, photography, digital arts, installation art, literature, storytelling, architecture, coding, biodiversity, folklife, heritage, archaeology, landscape), in specific town or village in Laois.

-Our ambition is to support via grant aid a number of specific creative programmes with a range of creative activities in towns and villages in Laois.

If you are a community organisation/group, you should work with a creative practitioner(s)/artist(s) to put together the proposal and for the practitioner(s)/artist(s) to lead on the creative content.

In particular, we welcome and will prioritise applications that gives access to groups of children and young people who haven’t had such opportunities before.

For guidelines and application form, details here

Cruinniu Grant Scheme Form and details


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