Limerick Spring festival returns but needs funding support

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Members of the Limerick Spring organising committee - Claire Gallery, Jennifer Moroney Ward and and Tara Robinson
The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas returns for the second year this April, boasting a starry line-up of national and internationally renowned guests.

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas returns for the second year this April, boasting a starry line-up of national and internationally renowned guests.

The festival, which started life as a Made in Limerick project funded through City of Culture, will take place in the city from April 17-19 and feature debate, film premieres and protest music along with satire, art and even brunch.

Already lined up to take part are economist and author Philippe Legrain, writer and activist Thomas Fazi, academics Jane Suiter and Vincent Durac, Managing Director and European anchor of new media start up Reported.ly, Malachy Browne, parliamentary assistant to Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Diarmuid O’Flynn, writer and satirist Gerard Stembridge and comedian Paddy Cullivan, among others.

Over 15 volunteers have been involved in making the Limerick Spring happen, with a core group involved for the last four months, amassing an estimated 1000 hours between them. The festival requires funding this year to meet the shortfall from City of Culture and has this week launched a {www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-limerick-spring-festival-of-politics-ideas/x/6320973|crowd funding initiative|click here} to help finance it, allowing people to invest in the festival and buy their weekend event tickets in advance.

“Limerick has a long tradition of political activism and has played a leading role in the development of the Irish state,” said co-ordinator Jennifer Moroney-Ward.

“This three day festival will invite citizens and guest speakers to delve deeper into looking at where the power lies and to discuss the political structures and systems that influence our lives in 2015.

“We know from last year that there is a huge appetite for this type of event in Limerick and beyond, we just really need people to support us by buying tickets for the events or by making whatever contribution they can,” she added.

To support the indiegogo campaign and help the Limerick Spring festival come to life, see Limerick Spring.