Cruinniú na nÓg is a Creative Ireland initiative that aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through a compelling spread of performances, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more. Every year, this variety of youth-centred events are free and activity-based, with plenty of opportunities for children and young people to get ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘creating’.
Thanks to all the arts organisations, creative venues and cultural institutions based in Cork City that submitted event listings for the Cork City Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 programme which can be found here.
The full programme for this years Cork City Cruinnú na nÓg programme is available here.
Youth groups have an opportunity to bring Cruinniú na nÓg to your area in collaboration with Creative Partners through the Cork City Council Creative Young Neighbourhoods pilot programme. Closing Date: 12pm on 25th April 2022
See instructions in 'Information for Youth' section below.
In this video, find out who is waiting to partner with you as part of Creative Young Neighbourhoods! Then contact Cork City Council Arts Office with a short video of your own or a page of text saying who you'd like to get creative with in your neighbourhood for Cruinniú na nÓg on 11th June 2022 and beyond.
13:10mins Framework Films
18:10mins Shandon Studios
25:20mins St Peter's Church
27:22mins Triskel Arts Centre
For more information and tips, read each section relevant to you below.
What is Cruinniú na nÓg?
Cruinniú na nÓg translates from Irish as ‘The Meeting of The Young’ It is a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. Every year, each local authority Creative Ireland Team takes responsibility for coordinating a Cruinniú na nÓg programme in their area annually.
In Cork City, Cruinniú na nÓg is supported through partnership by arts organisations, cultural institutions and creative venues. For more information, go to https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/ or check out the 2021 Cork City programme here.
What is the aim of Creative Young Neighbourhoods?
This is a process-led pilot that aims to address a strategic priority for Cork City youth: facilitating the creativity of all young people in a way that recognises their autonomy and the value of youth-led experiences with, for and by ages 12+ to coincide with Cruinniú na nÓg 2022.
It is anticipated that many participating youth groups will be relatively new to creative experiences. This is an opportunity for young people to get to know partners in a creative way and to be actively involved in co-planning their experience.
How will Creative Young Neighbourhoods achieve its aim?
Cork City Arts Office invites creative partners to make young people aware of the experiences they offer via short presentations as part of a webinar event on 22nd March 2022. Youth groups are then invited to respond by identifying who they would like to work with and why.
Responses will be assessed for creativity, engagement potential and feasibility by Cork City Arts Office. A geographic spread around the city will be a factor for assessors. Highest scoring responses will be reviewed by the relevant creative partners before an award of funding is made.
What funding is available for Creative Young Neighbourhoods?
A number of awards of €3000 will be allocated by Cork City Council based on availability of funds.
What is the timeframe for a Creative Young Neighbourhoods Award?
See schedule below. Please note that it may be subject to change due to evolving circumstances. All parties will be notified of changes in advance.
|12pm 2nd March||Information session for Creatives|
|12pm 21st March||Slide Submission Deadline|
|6.30pm 22nd March||'Get to Know Cork City Creatives' online event. Register here.|
|12pm 25th April||Deadline for Youth Responses|
|12pm 26th April||Assessment of Youth Responses @CCC Arts Office, Review by Creative Partners|
|12pm 28th April||Confirmation of Creative Young Neighbourhoods Awards, Commencement of planning|
|3rd May||Creative Young Neighbourhoods Public Announcement|
|11th June||Cruinniú na nÓg 2022|
|1st Nov||Deadline for conclusion of all Creative Young Neighbourhoods|
Please note that awardees are invited to manage the timeframe of delivery of your activities from 28th April as per a partnership schedule. It is asked that all activities by completed by 1st November 2022 at the latest.
Where do I register to attend 'Get to Know Cork City Creatives'?
Creatives wishing to join this event and present should get in touch in advance with email@example.com
Youth Groups can register for this event here
Young people joining the event must be accompanied by an 18+ youth worker. Youth workers can simply 1. Click on the ‘Register’ button, 2. Set up a group name, then proceed with registration and 3. Instruct each youth group member to enter that group name when registering if they plan to join the event on a separate device to the youth worker’s.
Please note that this event will be recorded.
Who is eligible for a Creative Young Neighbourhoods Award?
Please note that schools are not eligible for this opportunity.
What kind of activities are eligible for Creative Young Neighbourhoods?
As this is a process-led pilot initiative, it is recommended that activities not be prescribed in advance by creatives. Ideally, youth groups will be enabled to explore possibilities and make choices about their preferred creative experience.
It is anticipated that initial interactions may be focused on getting to know each other and exploring creative forms.
Suggested starting points are welcome. Fun is encouraged. Creativity is crucial.
Something creative must take place in the neighbourhood of the participating youth group on 11th June 2022 to coincide with Cruinniú na nÓg. Activities can start earlier than this date and may continue beyond it.
Can an existing projects be extended to youth groups?
Existing projects with parameters that have already been set in advance may feel very prescriptive for youth groups. An activity that is process-led should be open to new directions from the start.
Can one youth group exchange with another?
It is recommended that an approach of this kind be carefully considered. While it could be positive for all involved, there is a risk that a group less experienced in creativity may not feel comfortable with a group that has been privileged with more access and experience. It might establish a hierarchy between participants more suited to a mentorship opportunity which Creative Young Neighbourhoods is not.
What are eligible expenses for Creative Young Neighbourhoods?
Contact Cork City Arts Office if you have any questions with regard to eligible costs.
What is not an eligible expense for Creative Young Neighbourhoods?
The partnership-based approach should mean that the costs above are supported ‘in kind’ by participating Creative Partners and Youth Groups.
What conditions and criteria guide Creative Young Neighbourhoods?
Creative and Youth Partners must:
How can Creatives get involved?
In this section is an overview of what can be expected by creatives when getting involved in this pilot. The 5 slide template can be downloaded from here.
Young Creative Neighbourhoods has been developed to centre youth voices and choices. It’s success will depend on youth-led engagement. Not every creative will go through to the final stage however it is hoped that the opportunity will be a worthwhile experience for all. At the very least, connections will be made in the first stages that will may pave the path to future opportunities for creative exchange and cross-sectoral collaboration.
FIRST STAGE: All Creatives
Step 1. Download the 5 slide template provided here, prepare your presentation and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm on 21st March 2022. See tips below.*
If you are unavailable to attend the 'Get to Know Cork City Creatives' online session at 6.30pm on 22nd March, you may pre-record your presentation and submit as an mp4 via We Transfer by 12pm on 21st March 2022 to email@example.com
Please note that submission of presentation content will be understood as consent for public sharing and filing by Cork City Council and Creative Ireland for future reference and potential publicity opportunities. The event will be recorded and shared publicly.
Step 2. Deliver your presentation in 5 minutes at 6.30pm on 22nd March. A timeslot will be allocated to you in advance.
Step 3. All creatives will be notified as to who was identified in youth responses by 12pm on 26th April.
SECOND STAGE: Identified Creatives Only:
Step 4. Confirm capacity to partner with youth group by 12pm on 27th April 2022.
THIRD STAGE: Viable Proposals Only:
Step 5. Draw down funding and commence planning on confirmation of award with partnering Youth Group. (Instructions on funding drawdown will be supplied prior to commencement.)
Step 6. Enjoy your Creative Young Neighbourhoods experience
If feasible and desirable by young participants, promote your activities on social media using the following tags and hashtags:
Step 7. On concluding your Creative Young Neighbourhoods experience, return the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Tips for Creative Presentations
You can think of this presentation as an opportunity to pitch yourself as a creative partner/collaborator/ally with young people. Download the 5 slide template provided here to present the following information in five minutes here.
Follow the suggestions below to complete your slides.
Slide 1 ‘Title Slide’ - insert title of organisation/venue/institution
Slide 2 ‘We Are..’ - describe your aims, dreams and creative ambitions
Slide 3 ‘We Get Creative By’ – describe what kind of creativity you facilitate e.g. dance, traditional crafts etc
Slide 4 ‘We Offer’ – describe what what facilities/tools/skills you can offer to youth e.g. stage, exhibition space, online screen etc
Slide 5 ‘We’d Love to Partner With Youth Because’ – outline why and how you would like to work with a youth group e.g. what kind of creative activities you think would be fun to try together including what you could bring in a city neighbourhood for Cruinniú na nÓg
Whether you present live or via a pre-recording, the following tips are offered:
How can Youth get involved?
In this section is an overview of what can be expected by youth groups when getting involved in this pilot.
Young Creative Neighbourhoods has been developed to centre youth voices and choices. It’s success will depend on youth-led engagement. It will not be possible to fund every response from a Youth Group however it is hoped that the opportunity will be a worthwhile experience for all. At the very least, connections will be made in the first stages that will may pave the path to future opportunities for creative exchange and cross-sectoral collaboration.
FIRST STAGE: All Youth Groups
Step 1. Come along to the 'Get to Know Cork City Creatives' online event at 6.30pm on 22nd March or download the recording of the event from this webpage from 23rd March 2022.
Youth groups can register for this event here*
*Young people joining the event must be accompanied by an 18+ youth worker. Youth workers can simply 1. Click on the ‘Register’ button, 2. Set up a group name, then proceed with registration and 3. Instruct each youth group member to enter that group name when registering if they plan to join the event on a separate device to the youth worker’s.
Step 2. Prepare a response to a presentation that appealed to your group. The response should be in text (1 page max) or video (2 mins max) identifying who your group would like to partner with and why. (See *tips below). You should also include how you could celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg in your neighbourhood. Send your response to email@example.com by 12pm on 25th April 2022. Please note that only videos in .mp4 format can be accepted.
SECOND STAGE: Selected Responses Only:
Step 3. Commence planning on confirmation of award with Creative. Agree areas for budgetary spend and key dates in advance with creative partner.
Step 4. Enjoy your Creative Young Neighbourhoods experience
If feasible and desirable by young group members, promote your activities on social media using the following hashtags:
*Tips for Youth Group Responses
Whether you submit a video (2 mins, .mp4) or text (1 page), make sure to tell us:
For tips on facilitating online and 'blended' or 'hybrid' activities (ie.. activities with combined online and in-person elements), see our 'Lessons from Lockdown' video series below.
Tadhg Crowley at The Glucksman Gallery offers an insight into the challenges overcome in relation to producing visual art with young people through innovative approaches to engagement.
Garry McCarthy at GMC Beats discusses challenges overcome in relation to facilitating music workshops for young people on behalf of Music Generation and demonstrates some practical tools for online engagement.
Kath Gorman at Cork Midsummer Festival gives an overview of a participatory art project produced despite COVID-related restrictions with young people in Ireland collaboration with Teatro Container in Chile. Kath Gorman describes how Cruinniú na nÓg can be a platform for showcasing larger scale initiatives such as Little Druids of Humanity, a magical virtual arts project and game for children and young people, their families and neighbourhood supported by Creative Ireland and Cork City Council.
A Garden Collective provide practical tips on online production and technology use for live streaming and more. In 2020, COVID 19 forced the collective to present elements of their Port to Port festival online.
You can view all of last years' activities in the Cork City Cruinnú na nÓg 2021 programme here until the end of April 2022.
For more information about Cruinniú na nÓg and Creative Ireland, go to www.cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie