Culture to the fore in Limerick as 061 is dialled

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Fergal Lawlor and Noel Hogan of the Cranberries lend their support to the Love Letter from Limerick initiative, one of the many events taking place as part of the 061 programme      Picture: Sean Curtin
SEPTEMBER is set to be a jam-packed month of culture, as a festival - named after Limerick’s dialing code - takes place.

SEPTEMBER is set to be a jam-packed month of culture, as a festival - named after Limerick’s dialing code - takes place.

Artists from across the city gathered yesterday for the launch of The 061 festival.

Centered around the annual Culture Night on Friday, September 18, there are also six more events taking place across the city and county this month.

The extravaganza will kick off tomorrow with the return of two festivals.

Now in its fourth year, the Elemental Arts and Culture Festival will include a diverse and creative programme of visual arts, dance, cinema and music at several locations across the city.

And taking place for almost a month, again at various locations in the city will be an exhibition named Love Letters from Limerick.

Based on the craft of traditional sign writing, Limerick will welcome some of the world’s most recognised sign writers with a special collaborative project involving The Cranberries, local sign artist Tom Collins and visiting artists Sean and Kaleigh Starr.

Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler from the Cranberries were at yesterday’s launch in Patrick Street.

Speaking of the festival, Mike Fitzpatrick, who is leading Limerick’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2020, said: “It is a natural gathering of what is on. The events are quite organically formed. Elemental is a young festival which I think will grow. The jazz festival has been around for a long time but is gathering momentum.”

One festival which is already taking place is the Limerick City Gallery of Art, ‘30 days hath September’, celebrates three decades since the space reopened.

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Richard Ford will also address the University of Limerick on Tuesday, September 15.

And Culture Night will return on Friday, September 18, with organisers promising it will be bigger and better than ever.

Limerick will have a full programme of free events, including art, dance, design, film, heritage, literature, music and theatre.

Arts officer Sheila Deegan said despite new technologies, there is still a recognition around the 061 code.

“I know people might think with all our new technologies that the idea of 061 has been surpassed, but it still has a relevance. If you dial into Limerick, you still have to dial 061,” she said.

For more information on the 061 festival, telephone 061-407100.