Creativity day boost for young people

A DAY of free creativity for children and young people will be enjoyed in Kerry as part of the nationwide Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations.

For obvious reasons, this year Creative Ireland and Kerry County Council will be doing things differently and everything needed for a fantastic day of creativity will be available online.

“We are delighted to be working with wonderful artists who are fully committed to their art forms and to sharing it with young people,” said Kerry County Council Arts Officer Kate Kennelly.

“These are very different circumstances to last year but children and young people need an outlet for their creativity, perhaps now more than ever, and online events make that possible

A number of art forms are represented in the Cruinniú na nÓg programme, including dance, poetry, film and visual arts.

Máire Holmes is leading a creative project called Present Day Poetry

In Dance for DisDance, Catherine Young will curate a series of fun upbeat online dance workshops in the run up to the day when via online Zoom workshops on Tuesday, June 2 and 9, young people will learn a piece of choreography created from a variety of different dance styles.

Through a series of improvisation techniques they will be encouraged to work towards making their very own dance piece. This will be an energetic fusion of contemporary dance, hip hop and African dance styles led by Jade O’Connor.

Máire Holmes is leading a creative project called Present Day Poetry and she intends to have a poetry collection available to read online by June 13. Budding poets, from the very young up to the age of 18 are invited to write a poem and send it, before June 1, to [email protected] Poets have a choice of three themes­ masking, doing or creating.

Mieke Vanmechelen is running a Young Filmmakers Programme. With the permission of a parent or guardian, children are asked to send an email including name, age and up to three sentences on an idea they might have for a to-minute film.  Get in touch with Mieke at [email protected]

Me and the Moon will host an online workshop where children and young people will have the opportunity to make their own sketchbooks at home using basic materials. Sketchbooks can be a tool in understanding and expressing feelings relating to current events, or just as a tool in escapism.

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