Entertainment, Lifestyle

Cruinniú: Ireland’s new national culture day

By William Dunne, Sub-Editor

Last Easter Monday the country reflected on the 1916 rising in it’s centenary year on the streets of Dublin. Well, this Easter Monday is going to be a little different as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced a new national day of culture and creativity to be celebrated in each county throughout the country.

The new day, Cruinniu na Casca, is part of the Creative Ireland programme and is a free public event which aims to “celebrate culture and creativity in contemporary Irish society through a variety of live music and dance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more.”

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Credit: RTE @rte Twitter March 23rd.

The initiative is running in conjunction with RTE with a special large-scale event ongoing from 11am to 6pm across four areas in Dublin.

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys and RTE Director General Dee Forbes joined Enda Kenny to announce the festival yesterday with the Taoiseach saying “It’s an initiative that is close to my heart.

“The theme for Cruinniú Na Cásca 2017 is diversity and inclusion. As a people, as communities, we can only benefit from taking a day every year to think seriously about ourselves, to have important conversations – but also to share our experiences and to come together to enjoy our cultural heritage and the work of our artists and performers. I firmly believe that Cruinniú has the potential to enrich our social and cultural lives long into the future.”

All 31 local authorities will host special Cruinniú Na Cásca initiatives with a focus on providing events for children and families.

Previously Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD said “we want to encourage people to become involved in the cultural life of their own county through a national day of creativity.
“We have set ourselves some ambitious targets for year one of Creative Ireland, with Cruinniú na Cásca top of the list. I am delighted that people nationwide will have the opportunity to come together and participate in cultural and creative activity on Easter Monday, driving our collective well-being and our sense of community.”

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