Catch some culture in Limerick this Culture Night as the city and county prepares to welcome thousands of culture seekers to the more than 80 events on offer.
The depth and range of cultural offerings in Limerick will be on display at locations across the city and county of Limerick on Friday 21 September as part of the nationwide celebration of arts and culture.
The thousands of people who are expected to attend the events on Culture Night will be in for a treat.
From International Living Statues at the Hunt Museum to going behind the scenes at one of Limerick’s busiest Garda Stations; there is something for all the family.
The gates and doors of some of Limerick’s famous landmarks will be opened to visitors including the North Munster Masonic Centre, Limerick Museum in the Old Franciscan Friary and Sarsfield Barracks.
Watch in awe as Zoltan Gere, an expert in the ancient martial art of ground archery and horseback archery brings them to life in the iconic surrounds of King John’s Castle.
Or why not taste Limerick’s food heritage at the Milk Market with the Pigtown food series and the unique Pigtown Parade.
Enter the spirit of the evening with a colourful taster of Limerick Culture at Bedford Row Bedlam with hip-hop performances, mini all ages dance classes, performances by Limerick Music Generation and the Mary Immaculate Community Choir.
There will also be caricature drawing, a photo booth with live projection, kid’s arts and crafts and street animators, ending the night with an LED performance.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins said: “Culture Night is an incredible way to celebrate culture and the arts in Limerick. The number and type of events highlight the depth of talent that is in Limerick and the number of practitioners who are making our city and county a better place through their art. Limerick has embraced Culture Night as it is an opportunity to sample ‘bite-size’ portions. It is a smorgasbord of culture all in one evening. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.”
Sheila Deegan, Culture and Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council and Creative Ireland Co-ordinator said: “Culture Night Limerick happens because many people share a vision and enthusiasm for enjoying, celebrating and promoting creativity and culture. In Limerick, culture is not simple, it has many layers. Aware of that, we look at Limerick through the lens of multiplicity and celebrate the variety of identities, cultures, histories, landscapes and forms of expression that co-exist side by side giving our region its uniqueness.”
“Limerick’s rich history, culture and strong heritage remain ever present in its structures, streets and people, from the historic towns of Kilmallock and medieval village of Askeaton, to the archaeological site at Lough Gur and Limerick’s churches which contain a rich cultural heritage of the work of such craftspeople as Wilhemina Geddes and Harry Clarke, a legacy of Ireland’s position as a centre for excellence in the design and manufacture of the highest quality of stained glass.”
“There is a vibrant alternative and independent live cultural scene in Limerick, led by individuals, and communities of interest and a myriad of innovative cultural organisations and amateur groups who hold culture as an important form of expression. This is what Culture Night is all about.”
Events are taking place at various locations across the city and county including Limerick City Gallery of Art, UL, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick Civic Trust, St. Molua’s Church Ardagh, De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre, Friars Gate Theatre, Fab Lab and Narrative 4, to name a few!
In the county Culture Night events are taking place in Kilmallock, Kildimo, Newcastle West, Adare, Rathkeale, Abbeyfeale, Bruree, Garryspillane, Carrigkerry and a very special event in Ardagh as the 150 year celebrations of the Ardagh Chalice commence.
There are over 80 events to choose from. All events are FREE but some venues may require advance booking. On the night the extraordinary team of Culture Night Volunteers will be on hand to provide information, brochures and guidance or you can pop into the Culture Night Hub in the Tourist Office at 20 O’Connell Street, in the heart of Limerick city centre.