LIMERICK’s stint as national City of Culture is coming to a conclusion and will ‘wrap-up’ with a special event in December.
While the year began with a concert and live TV broadcast on New Year’s Eve, it will come to a conclusion with a Winter Carnival event on December 27.
Details of the event were released to the Limerick Leader this Wednesday and include plans for a Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long in LSAD, a Carnival Extravaganza in the Milk Market, Are You Dancing in John’s Square, an outdoor projection portrait in the city and a concert in St Mary’s Cathedral, Phoenix Rising, which will see the RTÉ Concert Orchestra present the music of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin.
Director Mike Fitzpatrick, said he was “looking forward to seeing you out and about on December 27 to enjoy the wrap-up event of what has been a fun-filled exciting year.
“It’s goodbye to Limerick City of Culture as we sign off this year and look forward to our journey towards European Capital of Culture 2020,” he added.
Arts officer Sheila Deegan said the event would bring the year to a “natural conclusion”.
“It is celebratory, two days after Christmas, the idea is of families coming out and being in the city for the day,” she said.
“The reality is that there are an awful lot of Made in Limerick projects coming to fruition this month and early next month, and the energy of Christmas is something that people naturally buy into.
“We are just wrapping up, but we are not saying it is over - this project is over, but the fact that we have to bid for 2020 now means that actually the momentum will continue. “That spectacle is important, but we also have to take a breath and reflect,” she added.
Other events also include shows with The Rubberbandits and the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra in Dolan’s.
Families will enjoy the Disney Frozen Sing-A-long event in Limerick School of Art and Design Gallery to mark 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 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.
The free family-friendly Carnival Extravaganza will take place in the Milk Market from 12pm to 4pm and feature circus, dance, street theatre and song with aerial dance company Fidget Feet, MCs Owen and Moley Ó Súilleabháin, Drum Dance Ireland, God Knows and MynameisjOhn, Bazzy B and the Limerockers Crew and Scoil Uí Ruairc dance school.