A day of free creativity for children and young people.

Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have 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. The inaugural Cruinniú na nÓg took place on 23rd June 2018 and for the past number of years, including under exceptional circumstances in 2020, young people and families have come together to enjoy a wide range of creative activities from workshops and tutorials to recitals and readings in every city, town and village across the country. Delivered in partnership with the 31 Local Authorities and supported by RTÉ, all are invited to participate in a programme of fun, free, creative activities; from graffiti art workshops to stop-motion animation, to coding and architecture workshops!

Circus Explored

Since 2022, ISACS has been one of the Cruinniú na nÓg strategic partners delivering Circus Explored. In year one, through this nationwide initiative, ISACS delivered 5,000 juggling balls for every child in Ireland to learn how to juggle.

In 2023 with Circus Explored children all over Ireland could learn how to spin a plate using our youth-led plate spinning online tutorials. Over 4,000 spinning plates were distributed to every county in Ireland…and it still wasn’t enough!

Furthermore, we developed a series of cross-community events connecting young people from both sides of the border with members of youth/social circus organisations all over the island for creative collaboration.

In 2024 ISACS was delighted to announce that Circus Explored was back to broaden the reach of the Circus Explored all-island aspects, in line with Creative Ireland’s increased focus on Shared Island Initiatives, and with ISACS remit as a 32 county organisation.

This year our aim is to use the physical creativity of circus to create deep and lasting cross-community cultural experiences for young people across our whole island.

Feedback from young participants in 2022

"Circus is brilliant for everybody, I started not being shy at all, I started talking and I started making lots of friends"

"Circus? Oh Wow, it’s like the best thing ever"

"Circus makes me feel exhilarated and happy for the rest of the day"

"Most people can do it, you don’t have to be good at certain things to be good at circus"