Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative presented by RTÉ is a free public event which will take place in towns and cities across Ireland, on Easter Monday with a special large-scale event in Dublin.
Four zones in Dublin city centre including Smithfield Square, from 11am – 6pm, will celebrate contemporary Irish culture and creativity through a rich variety of live music and dance, coding, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more.
RTÉ will broadcast live from Cruinniú na Cásca zones throughout the day across RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, with regular updates on television and online.
As part of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities around the country will host their own free family friendly Cruinniú na Cásca initiatives in their own counties.
Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative, presented by RTÉ is supported by Dublin City Council, the Office of Public Works and Transport for Ireland.
What’s happening at Smithfield Square?
11AM – 6PM | FREE
Want to hear the best in contemporary Irish music? See the best in Irish film? Smithfield Square is the perfect place for you on Easter Monday at Cruinniú na Cásca. Try your hand at some of the free workshops and interactive activities on offer throughout the day? From making robots and slam poetry to illustration and learning how to DJ. Stroll around the square to catch our Buí Bolg display with VW campervans and not forgetting the food area with ethic and artisan food on offer.
SMITHFIELD SQUARE STAGE
Includes live performances from Soulé, Loah, The Academic, Jack O’Rourke & Booka Brass Band plus RTÉ 2FM presenters.
Free ticketed event | Advance booking required
Screenings of Irish films across the day including The Secret Scripture, Song of the Sea (with one screening in Irish), Older than Ireland, The Young Offenders, The Lobster and Room.
WORKSHOPS & INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES
Make Create Innovate Hands-on activities using technology, design and creativity to find solutions.
From making robots, to using LEDs and conductive clay, and creating sound using graphite controllers.
The Science Gallery programme includes an Irish premiere of the greatest hits of the world-leading algorithmic composer; an open mic session of poetry written by computers, improvised duets for human and machine and the popular game “Bot Or Not” (it’s harder than you think!)
In the mood for something else? Why not try out some slam poetry, learn how to DJ with RTÉ Pulse or take part in an illustration workshop, not forgetting workshops in Film/TV/Radio production. Ongoing all day at various intervals.
Haymarket is transformed into a global village for foodies. Concession stands with a mix of ethnic and artisan fare is the flavour of the day.
VW camper vans, Buí Bolg display, Cozmo, graffiti; Word Camera – a booth where you can get your photo taken and a computer will compose a poem based on what it sees.
11AM – 6PM | SAOR IN AISCE
An mian leat an ceol is fearr in Éirinn faoi láthair a chloisteáil? Nó an scoth i scannáin Éireannacha? Cearnóg Mhargadh an Feirme an áit duitse Luan Cásca ag Cruinniú na Cásca. Tabhair faoi roinnt de na ceardlanna saor in aisce nó na gníomhaíochtaí idirghníomhacha a bheidh ar siúl i gcaitheamh an lae. Ó dhul ag déanamh róbat agus léamh filíochta go léaráidiú nó foghlaim le bheith i do DJ. Téigh ag fáinneáil thart ar an gcearnóg chun taispeántas Buí Bolg a fheiceáil ina mbeidh veaineanna campála VW, gan trácht ar an limistéar bia a mbeidh bia eitneach agus bia ceardaí ann.
Beidh ceol beo ann ó Soulé, Loah, The Academic, Jack O’Rourke & Booka Brass Band chomh maith le láithreoirí RTÉ 2FM.