Limerick Winter Carnival to Wrap Up City of Culture 2014

Thursday 27th November 2014: Limerick’s year as National City of Culture 2014 is drawing to a close but not without a giant wrap party – December 27th will see the Limerick Winter Carnival take place in numerous venues across the city.

Thursday 27th November 2014 

Limerick’s year as National City of Culture 2014 is drawing to a close but not without a giant wrap party – December 27th will see the Limerick Winter Carnival take place in numerous venues across the city.

Just when you thought the Christmas celebrations would be winding up, Limerick City of Culture is giving the whole family something to enjoy, to celebrate the success of 2014, and to mark the beginning of Limerick’s new cultural life.

Mike Fitzpatrick, Director Limerick City of Culture, encouraged all to enjoy the Limerick Winter Carnival festivities: “Now that culture is part of Limerick’s DNA, we are looking forward to seeing you out and about on December 27th to enjoy the wrap-up event of what has been a fun-filled exciting year. Walk, dance or sing off that Christmas dinner and enjoy Limerick festivities at their best. It’s goodbye to Limerick City of Culture as we sign off this year and looking forward to our journey towards European Capital of Culture 2020.”

What a year it has been in Limerick – it’s only fitting that such a special year gets a special send-off, and the Limerick Winter Carnival is sure to delight with something for all the family to enjoy, from smallies to seniors and everyone in between.

Disney and Limerick City of Culture present Disney Frozen Sing-A-long a special sing-along event which will take place in the Limerick School of Art and Design Gallery in celebration of the release of the sing-along edition of the world’s biggest animation of all time. Three screenings will take place at 10am, 1pm and 4pm with the famous Limerick Children’s choir Cantettte singing along with the movie for one of the showings, and the other two showings performed by Limerick’s own animator extraordinaire Norma Lowney.

Sing your heart out to the most popular musical movie of all time. Enter a Frozen winter wonderland and get your face painted, hair braided, colour in your favourite Frozen character, or get your photo taken with them. Then settle in and get ready to raise the roof!

A free family-friendly Carnival Extravaganza is taking place at the Milk Market from 12pm till 4pm with circus, dance, street theatre and song. Arrive early to take part in the opening ceremonial drum circle to call into flight the aerial dance company Fidget Feet as they transform the iconic Milk Market tent into a flying dance spectacular, and see the Snow Queen fly through the air. Then MCs Owen and Moley Ó Súilleabháin will host a parade of talent on stage, from African chant and dance, jazzy sing-along classics, break-dancing, beatboxing and Irish Dubstep-dancing, all gelled together with family-friendly DJ vibes. Performers include Drum Dance Ireland, God Knows and MynameisjOhn, Bazzy B and the Limerockers Crew, RasMikey Courtney and O’dykeNzewi, and the award-winning ScoilUíRuairc dance school.

If you missed Are You Dancing earlier this year, you have another opportunity to participate at St John’s Pavilion on Mulgrave Street from 4pm to 6pm. This is the perfect venue for this showband-eraballroom dancing event, as it has been associated with dancing for over 70 years.

Landlocked an outdoor video projection by artist Christina Gangos, a series of documentary video portraits of Limerick residents, screening in the Creative Nature Garden, on the corner of Thomas Street and Anne Street.

Join Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for Phoenix Rising, in celebration of Limerick City of Culture, at the iconic St Mary’s Cathedral. Expect this culminating concert to bring together exhilaration and emotional depth. With special guests including the Monks of Glenstal Abbey, Kenneth Edge (sax), Brian Kennedy (voice), NóirínNíRiain (voice), Pádraic Keane (uilleann pipes), Liz Doherty and Donegal Fiddles, Irish World Academy musicians and singers.

Rubberbandits critically acclaimed Christmas Fistfight takes place at Dolans Warehouse, described as “Rampant and unhinged… Wild and winning” by The Guardian, “Leaves you growling for more” according to Metro, “A knockout punch… mirth and mayhem” by the Times, the reviews go on.

Brad Pitt Light Orchestra Christmas Shindig takes places Upstairs at Dolans following their thoroughly cultural year during Limerick's tenure as National City of Culture culminating in producing the world premiere of 'The Unlucky Cabin Boy', a musical theatre project which saw their songsmith, David Blake, write songs and lyrics for the show alongside scriptwriter Mike Finn and the band performing and acting onstage. The BPLO's Christmas show promises to be a joyful night to remember.

Describe #Limerick2014 in one word and send to Tell Me Something, Cleeve’s Chimney by visiting / texting 087 6445950 / or tweeting @CleeveFactory to have your one word description beamed across Limerick from Cleeve’s Chimney by Andrew Kearney’s provoking installation.

Further information on the Limerick Winter Carnival from For event or ticket information and bookings, please contact Limerick City of Culture 061 525031 or email

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