Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 is coming up on 12 June, but the workshops and fun events to get you ready have already started! There is so much happening that we have picked some of the highlights.

Have a look and make sure to take part on Saturday, 12 June in Cruinniú na nÓg 2021!

Beat Your Drum

Did you know if you've got a heartbeat, you’ve got rhythm? Beat Your Drum brings together great rhythm makers from Ireland and around the world to lead short, fun, online workshops so you too can become a drummer.

Brian Fleming has helped to produce an international drumming programme that will start in Ireland on the bodhrán and travel the globe learning the indigenous drums of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

The drumming workshops have started already, so start practicing and get ready for 12 June!

Find out more HERE - Beat Your Drum

Knitting Across the Nation

Let's get knitting! Airfield Estate in Dundrum will send out 400 wool packs to young knitters around the country.

These packs will contain wool from Airfield's own flock of Jacob’s sheep are designed to foster a long term love of craft making, sustainability and creativity in young Irish people.

Click here for more - Knitting Across the Nation

Nenagh Children’s Film Festival

Working with Cartoon Saloon’s Grainne Rose Fordham, children and young people will learn new film making and the latest in stop-motion animation skills in a series of on-line workshops.

Over three days the festival features movies from all over the world, including some creations from Irish kids working with Next Gen Animators.

Find out how to take part and make your own movie HERE!


Step out of your bedrooms and onto Garageland Youth TV, a dedicated online TV channel designed to give young musicians a chance to shine.

If you are a musician aged 10-18, solo, in a band, rapper, singer songwriter, bagpipe player, any genre, you are welcome to come and join us for Garageland at Cruinniú na nÓg 2021.

Garageland is proudly supported by RTÉ 2XM.

Read more about how to rock out HERE!

Let’s Dance

For this year's Cruinniú na nÓg, Dance Ireland are producing a new dance project, happening nationwide in the lead up to year’s event on Saturday, 12 June. It’s called Let’s Dance!

An experienced creative team, including a professional choreographer, a digital producer and a dedicated coordinator will bring you online resources all aimed at connecting more young people with dance.

Find out more HERE!

Imagine Orchestra

Join in a series of public access online event workshops leading up to Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 and be part of an online concert celebrating all the participants creativity, alongside tutors and guest artists.

On the big day, 12 June, take part in the Imagine-Orchestra Music Marathon! This will be a world record attempt of the largest virtually performing music ensemble. The record stands at 1320 - you can beat that!

You can see all the details HERE!

AND you can find the music and upload your clips HERE!

Céilí in the Kitchen

A céilí in the kitchen can happen anywhere in the world and embrace all cultures and traditions.

Following on from the success of last year’s céilí, Áirc Damhsa will deliver a series of Meitheal Workshops - connecting young people, youth groups and schools to take part in a set programme leading up to Cruinniú na nÓg.

To learn the steps and get ready for the Céilí click HERE!

Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 is a collaboration between the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ and is the only event of its kind in the world.