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What’s Happening in Dublin for Cruinniú na Cásca?

05 April 2017
4 min read

There’s so much happening this Easter Monday in Dublin to mark the first-ever Cruinniú na Cásca, a national day of creativity with something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Find out what’s on in a zone near you. 

There’s so much happening this Easter Monday in Dublin to mark the first-ever Cruinniú na Cásca,a national day of creativity with something for everyone to explore and enjoy. Find out what’s on in a zone near you.


From 11am to 6pm on Monday, 17th April, Ireland will come alive for Cruinniú na Cásca, a new, large-scale, free, fun family festival that invites members of the public across the country to join in a celebration of contemporary Irish life, culture and creativity.

Following on from the success of last year’s RTÉ Reflecting the Rising public event in Dublin, Cruinniú na Cásca will see four zones across the city centre on both sides of the River Liffey come alive with an impressive array of live music and dance, theatre, art and coding workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more.

With so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to begin. To help, here are just some of the highlights from each zone, or you can visit RTÉ Cruinniú na Cásca online to see the full programme.

View a map of Dublin event zones here.

Zone 1: Smithfield Square

The wide open spaces of Smithfield Square on Dublin’s north side will be transformed into a bustling hub of activities for young and old alike. If music is your thing, it's the place to be, with live performances from some of Ireland's rising stars alongside a host of new acts.

  • Catch some of Dublin’s hottest musical acts, like We Cut Corners Loah, Soulé, The Academic, the Booka Brass Band and more on the RTÉ 2fm Band Stage
  • At the Lighthouse Cinema, enjoy special screenings of the best new Irish films
  • Learn how to build your very own bionic man at a robot-making workshop
  • Join All Out Design for the ultimate street art workshop and graffiti battle
  • Check out a fun variety of classic VW camper vans at the free, open display
  • Try your hand at mixing music at the RTÉ Pulse DJ workshop
  • Get involved with a special interactive slam poetry performance led by Colm Keegan
  • Do a little doodling at an illustration workshop with Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch

The RTÉ 2fm Roadcaster will broadcast live from 11am-5pm, with live music and interviews with the bands and artists playing. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will also broadcast live from their strand of talks at the Generator Hostel from 4-5pm.

Zone 2: Dublin Castle

Head to Dublin Castle on the south side of the city this Easter Monday to take part in a rich variety of free arts and entertainment.

  • Treat your little ones to magic and puppet shows, arts and crafts workshops, face painting, balloon modelling and more, courtesy of Sillybilly Events
  • Head indoors for a stimulating series of talks and panel discussions about Irish life and culture
  • Get hands-on at one of Go4it’s fascinating workshops and learn about programming, app inventing and even game development
  • Join author and host Jim Carroll at Banter, a fun and enlightening panel series on everything from drink to sport to the mercurial music business
  • Climb aboard the Dublin City Mobile Library bus for theatre, storytelling, and a consultation with the one and only Book Doctor
  • Get your groove on at the Upper Courtyard Stage with acts like Crash Ensemble, Slow Moving Clouds, Landless, and Rue, to name just a few
  • Test your trivia knowledge and have a few laughs at A Rather Dramatic Quiz
  • Be part of the mini craft village, hosted by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland 

Zone 3: St. Stephen’s Green

If you are looking for activities to engage and captivate our youngest citizens, wander the winding paths of St. Stephen’s Green and enjoy the enormous range of activities and amusements waiting around each bend.

  • Lead the kids to surefire fun at the Imaginosity Interactive Playground
  • Laze in the grass to the sounds of musical entertainment from The Supertonic Orchestra, Casa Peru, Gloria and more on the bandstand
  • Help create a community rhythm at Fuinneamh, the 14ft diameter drum everyone can try
  • Take in a dance performance - and maybe even try a few moves - from Filipino dancing to Cuban Salsa and more
  • Enjoy music from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Lisa Lambe, Hot House Flowers and more on the Orchestra Stage
  • Hear award-winning poetry from Poetry Aloud
  • Bring your 0-4 year-old along to Hoot Owl for Little Ones, a family story and craft workshop
  • For autistic children, special sensory workshops - from storytelling to animation - will provide a calm and stimulating way to spend the day
  • Stop by the interactive Chime Cave and make a little noise
  • Let your child build and learn at the Learn It LEGO Junior Engineers Workshop

RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena will broadcast live from the Orchestra Stage from 11am-1pm.

Zone 4: Custom House Quay

Take a riverside stroll to Custom House Quay on Dublin’s north side for an afternoon of fun, frolic, and fabulous family time.

  • Test your senses with the latest art instalment from Mark Cronin and 3D Street Art Ireland
  • Kids will love going for a spin on the traditional merry-go-round carousel or life-size teacup ride
  • Dance in the streets at the lively Céilí Mór at Custom House Stage
  • Join the Chinese Academy of Dance Ireland for three performances of Chinese folk dance accompanied by traditional zithers
  • Enjoy a rousing performance from the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band
  • Learn some new moves - from Bollywood to tango to waacking - in the Dance Zone
  • Sit in with the experts (on topics from fishing to construction) at an Insights into Industry open panel discussion
  • Take the first step on the road to being a traditional musician at a hands-on trad music workshop
  • Savour the flavours in the Food Village, then treat yourself to family entertainment in the picnic area

RTÉ Radio 1’s Liveline with Joe Duffy will broadcast live from the stage from 1.30-3pm.


These activities are just a sampling from the full programme of events taking place across Dublin city for the inaugural Cruinniú na Cásca Festival. Why not get together and dance, eat, sing and play, for free, and make this Easter Monday a day to remember?


When: Easter Monday, April 17, 2017 from 11.00am – 6.00pm
Where: Four zones across Dublin city centre

View a map of Dublin event zones here.



All events are free, although some are ticketed due to limited capacity. It's strongly recommended that you secure your place for talks, film screenings, autism friendly workshops and coding classes online in advance. Cruinniú na Cásca is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and is supported by RTÉ, Dublin City Council, the OPW, Transport for Ireland and the 31 Local Authorities.

Check out this health and safety guide to ensure everyone has a fun and safe day out this Easter.

For a full list of events and to book your free tickets, visit RTÉ Cruinniú na Cásca online.