Lumen Street Theatre lights up Limerick

  • Samhain Halloween Festival 2020 (Pic Deirdre Power)
Pic: Deirdre Power

Award winning Lumen Street Theatre bring Samhain, Limerick’s Halloween Festival, back to the streets of medieval Limerick between October 24th and 26th.

Lumen will create a parade of light in the medieval quarter of the city with a procession of lanterns made by several communities such as St. Michael’s NS, Limerick School Project, The Learning Hub and St. Mary’s NS. They will showcase Street Theatre and Spectacle performed by members of Limerick Youth Theatre, the Irish Chamber Orchestra's community music programme Sing Out with Strings, service users from The Daughters of Charity Service Limerick, including performances by Blue Frog Circus Toys and Curious State. To celebrate this magical time of year the light filled spectacle will include fire performance, a Death Café by Jennifer Moran Stritch, talks based on the philosophy behind ‘Pagan Rave’ by Billy Mag Fhloinn, traditional stories by Eddie Lenihan and an evening plunge into the cool waters of our city’s River Shannon by SwimableLimerick.

Samhain, Limerick’s Halloween Festival will be launched by Cllr. Elisa O' Donovan on Monday 30th September at 6pm, at Ormston House, Limerick.

Artistic Director of Lumen Street Theatre, Martin Shannon says; ”In 2018, Samhain illustrated that the festival was whole heartedly embraced by the community of St. Marys and beyond. We aim to build on last year’s success with another parade, on Saturday October 26th, as the highlight with the Bishop's Lady spectre at its heart. We are inviting all of Limerick to come and watch and/or to take part in the light filled procession through the medieval quarter and brave the ghosts, ghouls and spooks on the way. The festival aims to illuminate Halloween and to celebrate Irish folklore and traditions. We want to reclaim Halloween and make Limerick 'the' destination for the weekend.”

Samhain, Limerick’s Halloween Festival, in its inception was and will always be, about engaging with the local communities of our city. Lumen Street Theatre are back with an even more diverse and varied programme of activities and events this October. 

Martin adds, "This year’s festival is not to be missed, unless you want to draw the scorn of the Bishop's Lady." 

Samhain, Limerick’s Halloween Festival is presented by Lumen Street Theatre and funded by Limerick City and County Council and the Heritage Council of Ireland.

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