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TG4 celebrates Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 a day of creativity for young people



TG4 in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, will celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 with a number of series of short films with children and teenagers. Among these productions is a new series of Cruthaím which celebrates young people’s creativity and innovation and adds to the event of Cruinniú na nÓg 2023. There are two strands to this year’s Cruthaím creations- Ealaín Ghainimh & Spraoi Samhlaíoch. These will be available on Cúla4’s YouTube channel here Cúla4 and on TG4.

Several primary schools took part in Crutháim Ealaín Ghainimh (Sand Art Project).

Groups of 10–12-year-olds come together to work on a unique futuristic sand art project. We follow them on their journey as they realise their vision for what the world will look like 500 years from now. The children are asked to embrace a limitless sense of imagination and concoct a collective vision of what they would like their world to be. From words to mountains, skyscrapers to solar- powered airplanes; the possibilities are endless! We document their timeline from imaginative, original concepts, through tuition from a sand art expert to completion of their creation. Among the schools that took part are Scoil an Fheirtéaraigh in Kerry, Gaelscoil Bhrian Bóroimhe in Dublin, Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré in Sligo and Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí in Donegal. Also taking part is a young Gaeilgeoir, Ailbhe Ní Chuaig, who lives in Spain.

Spraoi Samhlaíoch sheds light on young people’s distinctive talents and on their unique energy in a national and international context.

Using their imaginations, we see a group of 5- and 6-year-olds immerse themselves in collaborative creativity based around the theme of the episode. Through art, story, song, and drama the children will express themselves and have plenty of fun along the way! Taking part in this series are pupils from Gaelscoil Mhuscraí in Cork, Scoil Náisiúnta Chnoc na Naomh in Donegal, Scoil Mhuire in Rosmuc in Galway and Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa in Meath.

Also created to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg is a documentary film called Sean-Nós directed by Tadhg Óg Mac Dhonnagáin which examines whether we can break with tradition and breathe new life into a sean-nós song?

This will be on TG4 on Saturday 10th June 3.55pm and on TG4’s YouTube channel thereafter. This short documentary follows four young people, Áine Ní Fhearraigh, Eibhlín Ní Mháirtín, Neasa Nic Dhonncha, and Sorcha Ní Lorcáin as they embark on a musical journey together to put a sean-nós song into the context of 2023. With the help of their mentors, rapper Oisín Mac and music producer Vúdú (Aaron Ó Súilleabháin) they create a new sean-nós X hip-hop song.

Muireann Ní Chiobháin Commissioning Editor for Young People says, “TG4 is very excited about ‘Cruinniú na nÓg’ 2023. This year features a new documentary film Sean-nós, which follows four young people who look to see whether they can and should break with tradition and breathe new life into a sean-nós song? There is also a new series of Cruthaím, produced by Meangadh Fíbín, that showcases what creativity means for young people across Ireland and abroad. “
All three strand of Cruthaím were produced by Meangadh Fíbín for TG4.
For a full listing of all activities and information on how to join in for Cruinniú na nÓg – please go to
Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme and is one of the key actions of Creative Youth – a plan to enable the creative potential of every child and young person. It is delivered through the network of Creative Ireland Coordinators and local authority Culture and Creativity Teams in each of the local authorities and is supported by TG4 and RTÉ.

Media Contact in TG4:
Linda Ní Ghríofa | Communications Editor |

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