Based on reports available to my Department, almost 550,000 people turned out in Dublin and nationwide on Easter Monday for the first Cruinniú na Cásca. An initiative under Pillar 2 of the Programme - Enabling creativity in every community, Cruinniú na Cásca celebrate d culture and creativity in contemporary Irish society through a rich variety of live music and dance, talks, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, readings and screenings, special events and more.
Dublin City, the festival’s hub, hosted four distinct activity zones, from Smithfield Square and Custom House Quay on the city’s north side to Dublin Castle and St Stephen’s Green on the south. In addition to the events taking place across four zones in Dublin City, 31 local authorities hosted free, family-friendly Cruinniú na Cásca events in their individual counties as part of the national Creative Ireland programme. RTÉ 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.
In embracing and celebrating our creativity and the energy and diversity of Ireland , this year’s first Cruinniú na Cásca reflected the aim of the Creative Ireland Programme to mainstream culture and creativity in the life of the nation and to promote individual, community and national wellbeing.