Limerick’s cultural community will come together this September to showcase the very best the city and county has to offer as preparations continue for Limerick’s European Capital of Culture 2020 bid.
Culture Night Limerick 2015 will see more than 80 cultural events for all ages being held throughout Limerick over a 5-hour period from 5pm to 10pm on Friday, September 18th.
Among the wealth of buildings and venues opening their doors to the public for a wide range of events are Limerick City Gallery of Art, Dance Limerick, The Hunt Museum, Mungret College, St John’s Cathedral, Desmond Castle, Honeyfitz Theatre and Limerick Printmakers.
Limerick Arts Office are hoping the most comprehensive programme of events ever to be hosted locally as part of the annual initiative will show Limerick’s appetite for the designation of European Capital of Culture 2020.
Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht in partnership with Local Authority Arts Offices, and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland.
“It is people that give cities the creativity and dynamism that makes them centres of learning, technical and cultural development, and research and innovation. This dynamism is never more evident than on Culture Night, commented Sheila Deegan, Limerick Arts and Culture Officer, Limerick 2020 Bid Team.
“Museums, galleries, artists’ studios, theatres, towers, heritage centres, and other venues throughout the city and county will host a wide and varied array of cultural events for all of us to engage, re engage with and most of all celebrate and enjoy,” she added.
Ms. Deegan said after Limerick’s designation as the first National City of Culture, Limerick has shown how culture is a key factor in creating a confidence within Limerick as a place and within ourselves by celebrating artists, designers and innovators.
“The Cultural Revolution that began in Limerick in 2014 is continuing with great confidence and belief. Culture Night provides an annual creative platform for artists and creative spaces to share with you their passion and belief in the power of culture by showcasing Limerick as a rich and rewarding locus of culture” she stated.
The European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) is one of the longest-running and best-known EU initiatives, and as we bid for the designation for 2020 we are asking for your support. The Park Kiosk in Pery Square will be a hub for the bid team who will be asking the public to sign up as a cultural ambassador for the bid.
“The strength of our bid will be determined by how citizens believe in the power of culture,” commented Ms. Deegan.
Heritage is again one of central themes of Culture Night Limerick with a range of events taking place throughout the city and county including:
The Carrol Collection: A Story of an Irish Family – Limerick Civic Trust: The Bishop’s Palace, Castle Street (6pm-8pm)
Stand up and Fight: Limerick’s Military History from the Wild Geese to Gallipoli – Limerick Museum and Archives: City Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick (6pm-9pm)
King John’s Castle – Nicholas St, Limerick (5pm-8pm)
Amazing Artists in the Book of Kells – Limerick School of Art and Design: Clare Street campus, LIT (7pm)
Walk the Medieval Walls of Limerick with Dan Tietzsch-Tyler, a medieval historian – meeting at the entrance to St John’s hospital A&E (5pm)
Camino: Glimpses from the Limerick Diocesan Archive – Limerick Diocesan Office, Social Service Centre, Henry St (6pm, 7pm, 8pm)
The Parish: A History of St Mary’s – St Mary’s Church, Athlunkard Street (8pm)
Open house with informative talks on the history of Freemasonry – North Munster Masonic Centre, 9 Castle Street, King’s Island, Limerick (5pm-10pm)
Tours of St John’s Cathedral – Cathedral Place, Limerick (6.30pm, 7.30pm)
Frank McCourt Museum – Hartstonge St, Limerick (6pm-9pm)
Culture Bus Tours – Red Viking Tours bus stop, Arthur’s Quay, Limerick (5pm-8pm)
Mungret Heritage hosts an evening of traditional Mungret food – Mungret College (7pm-9pm)
Tours of Augustinian Friary/St. Nicholas Church – St. Nicholas Church of Ireland, Adare (5pm-7pm)
Tour of Desmond Castle – Adare (5pm-7pm)
Lectures on Irish-German connections: the Limerick angle – University of Limerick, room tbc (6pm-7pm)
The Hunt Museum, which houses one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, is also hosting an evening of events starting with a performance by Patterns Dance collective at 5pm in the Riverside Garden followed by Opera Delights at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. There will also be a choir workshop from 7.15pm to 8.15pm, Collection tours (5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm), Father Browne Exhibition Tours (6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm), Spoken music: A collaboration of word and chord (6pm-7pm), Arts & crafts for Kids (5pm, 6pm, 8pm, 9pm), Meta-Perception Tour, Artists’ Talk and Demo at 5.30pm, Try on the helmets (6pm-9.30pm), Culture Bites and Classic car Display (5pm-10pm), and a Seisiún at 9pm.
Culture Night will feature a number of events celebrating Limerick’s thriving art, design and crafts sector, including:
Love Letters from Limerick Exhibition – Fab Lab Limerick, 7 Rutland St (5pm-10pm)
The Park Kiosk – Peoples Park, Limerick (5pm-10pm), meet the Limerick 2020 Bid Team
Art Walk: How Street Marks Map the Area Surrounding King John’s Castle – King John’s Castle (7pm)
Plinth, TBC (5pm-8pm)
Limerick Printmakers – Bridgeland House, 3 Johns Square (5pm, last admittance 9.30pm)
OpenHouse Limerick – No. 4 Patrick Street (6pm-8pm)
Crafting Culture at Limerick Craft Hub: Clay Cookies Workshop, Embroidery Demonstration, Freehand Embroidery on canvas, Wooden Bowl Demonstration, Copper Pendant Workshop- Limerick Craft Hub, 9 Lower Cecil St (5.30pm-9.00pm)
The Third Bridge: Citizens’ Gathering – Ormston House, 9-10 Patrick St (6pm-8pm)
Open Studios: Contact Studios – Grounds of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mulgrave St. (5pm-9pm)
Open Studios: Wickham Street Studios – 6A Wickham St (5pm-10pm)
Display by The Ilen School of Gandelow boats: unique example of Limerick City vernacular craft – Harveys Quay (7pm)
Culture Cruise with Limerick City Build – Customs House Quay, (cruise times TBC)
Affordable art from local artists ranging from emerging to better known – The Gallery, 13 Bedford Row (5pm-8pm)
Roller Derby: The Sport, Subculture and Community – Dolan’s Warehouse (7pm-10pm)
Residue: an exhibition by Aileen Nix – Red Door Gallery, The Square, Newcastle West (8pm)
Open Studio: Cappamore Arts Studios – Cappamore Library and Arts Studios (7pm-9.30pm).
Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), is one of the city’s much loved civic spaces and 30 days Hath September is a celebration of that special place and of all the amazing developments that have taken place in Limerick over the last 30 years. With the largest contemporary Art Gallery in the Mid-West Region, on Culture Night LCGA is hosting a series of events starting with family workshops and ceramic demonstrations between 6pm and 7.30pm. Music from Luggage Doors Operating from 6-8pm, a tour of the in-house exhibitions and LCGA’s permanent collections from 10am to 10pm and The Young Eva pop-up Exhibition, featuring a selection of drawings created by pupils of Scoil Mháthair Dé from 6pm to 8pm.
Culture Night Limerick features a number of events specifically designed for children and families. They include:
Urban Horse: Share a Picnic – People’s Park, Pery Square (5pm-7pm)
Bells, Bell Ringing and Clay Decorations – St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge St (6pm-9pm)
Open Night at Fab Lab – Fab Lab Limerick, 7 Rutland St (5pm-10pm)
Limerick Smarter Travel Open House – Limerick Smarter Travel, first floor, The Granary, Bank Place (6pm-8pm)
Fresh Five Friday Market – Limerick Milk Market, Cornmarket Row (12pm-7pm)
Mobile Printing Press – Hunt Museum courtyard, Rutland St. (7pm-9pm)
A Way of Seeing, Family Workshops – Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square (6pm-7.30pm)
Fresh Film Festival – Dance Limerick, John’s Square (5.30pm-9.00pm)
Presentation of short films by Limerick Youth Theatre – LYT, The Basement, 73 O’Connell St (6pm-8pm)
Castleconnell Culture Night – Starting at Fairy Woods, Castleconnell (6pm until late)
Young at Heart: A collection of stories, songs and magic for old and young alike – Hospital Resource Centre, Knockainey Rd (7.30pm-9pm)
Drama Workshops – Honeyfitz Theatre, Lough Gur (7-12 year olds: 5pm-6.15pm; 13-18 year olds: 6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Culture Night Theatre and Film events include:
Back Stage Tours – Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College (6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm)
Games for Actors and Civilians Workshop – 69 O’Connell Street (5pm-7pm, every 30 mins)
Dance Film Screenings: Light Moves Festival of Screendance – Dance Limerick foyer, 1 John’s Square (5pm-9pm)
Miss Copper Kettle – The courtyard, Hunt Museum (5pm-9pm)
A Plethora of New Plays – Friars’ Gate Theatre, Sarsfield St., Kilmallock (8pm)
Music, song and dance also feature prominently in the programme of events for Culture Night Limerick 2014. Events include:
Guitarchestra – Granary Library, Michael St (8pm)
Limerick Pipe Organ Festival – St John’s Cathedral (8:30pm–9:00pm)
Irish Tradition: Ceol, Amhráin, Rince, Cupán Tae – An chistin, halla Íde, 18 Sráid Thomáis (7pm-10pm)
Harp Recital from the Irish Traditional Music Institute – No 1 Pery Square (6.30pm)
A Taste of Trad: Presented by University Concert Hall & Irish World Academy of Music & Dance – University Concert Hall (1pm)
Fox Jaw – Ormston House, 9-10 Patrick St (9pm-10pm)
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Garraí Eoin – Parkway Shopping centre (6.30pm-8.30pm)
West Limerick Singing Club – The Ramble Inn, Newcastle West (9.30pm-12.30am)
Oíche Cultúra – Newcastle West Library (7pm)
Draíocht – Central Bar, Bridge St, Newcastle West (9.30pm)
Give it a Whirl – Rathkeale Arts Centre, Council Buildings, New line, Rathkeale (8pm-9pm)
Evening of Music, Song and visual Art – Kilmurry Arts & Heritage Centre (6pm-9pm)
Opening to Self-Love – Kilmurry Arts and Heritage Centre, Castletroy (7pm-9pm)
Dance Limerick will be celebrating youth arts for Culture Night at John’s Square, Limerick’s Cultural Quarter. The Dance Limerick programme of events will feature a variety of music, dance, film and poetry events from 5.30pm to 9pm with participants including Limerick Youth Dance, County Limerick Youth Choir, Music Generation, Stanza, Scoil uí Ruairc, and composer and producer Paddy Mulcahy.
Poetry and Writing events taking place include:
An evening with Kate O’Brien – Boru House, Mulgrave St (6pm-9pm)
White House Limerick Poetry Open Mic – White House Bar, 52 O’ Connell St (7pm-9pm)
Spoken Music: A Collaboration of Word and Chord – Riverside Garden, Hunt Museum (6pm-7pm)
Poetry and Writing – Quay Books, Arthur’s Quay Shopping centre (7pm-9pm)
Billy’s Adare: “In his own words” – Adare library, Adare (time TBC)
The Spoken Word Open Mic – Glórach Community Theatre, Abbeyfeale (8pm)
For further information on Culture Night Limerick on September 18th, contact the Limerick Arts Office on 061 407363, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.limerick.ie / www.culturenight.ie.