Thousands expected in city for Limerick’s Culture Night 2012

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

CULTURE Night 2012 takes place this Friday and is expected to attract over 6,000 people to the 45 venues taking part in the city.

CULTURE Night 2012 takes place this Friday and is expected to attract over 6,000 people to the 45 venues taking part in the city.

The nationwide night of culture, which encourages local cultural institutions and bodies to throw open the doors of their venues and invite the public inside for free, takes place this Friday from 5pm-10pm in venues across the city, featuring free concerts, walking tours, drop-in workshops, poetry, film and theatre events and more.

City arts officer Sheila Deegan said she would “absolutely encourage” people to come out and visit the participating venues across the city, and for the first time, county also.

“It is important to support the participating organisations who have made a lot of effort for Culture Night, but there will also be something waiting for people to do in every place,” she explained.

The number of participating venues has gone from 14 to 45 for this the fifth year it has taken place and the arts office estimate from previous surveys that 6,000 people came out to attend last year.

Ms Deegan picked out some highlights from the packed programme.

“Both the Hunt Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art will be a hive of activity with workshops,” she explained, “so you will be able to make, see and hear something, because both of those places will have music, workshops and tours.

“The Printmakers is always really exciting for young kids because they can get messy and also come away with something that they have made. It is a very vibrant, exciting night,” added Ms Deegan.

The National Chamber Choir will perform a concert in St Mary’s Cathedral, while Honor Heffernan will perform in the Belltable. See www.limerick.ie/culturenight for more.