Limerick political festival to Spring into action

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Members of the Limerick Spring organising committee - Claire Gallery, Jennifer Moroney Ward and and Tara Robinson
LIMERICK’s political festival is set to spring into action this weekend, after the organisers met their fundraising target with days to spare.

LIMERICK’s political festival is set to spring into action this weekend, after the organisers met their fundraising target with days to spare.

The voluntary committee met their €2,500 fundraising target it needs to entertain some of the high-profile speakers set for Limerick this weekend.

Fifteen events will take place across the city, with the idea to get people thinking about politics, and the economy.

One of the highlights, the Big Debate on the Saturday night, will be hosted by Limerick-born writer and satirist Gerard Stembridge and sees a panel of local and international economists, writers, filmmakers, activists and academics tackle the question ‘Where Does Power Lie?’

Included in the panel is renowned economic commentator Philippe Legrain.

Events will take place at various venues across the city from Dolan’s to Dance Limerick and the Strand Hotel to the Printmakers, and 69 O’Connell Street, formerly the Belltable Arts Centre.

Volunteer organizer Derek O’Dwyer feels that ‘given the incredibly challenging circumstances we live in, with constant threat of economic collapse, banking crises, austerity and environmental catastrophes, it is more important now than ever for people to examine critically the world around them in, inform themselves and then come together to try and find local solutions to problems.”

The Limerick Spring Festival started life in 2014 as one of the City of Culture- Made in Limerick projects and received funding to stage events.

The brainchild of Jennifer Moroney-Ward, the Limerick Spring was inspired by festivals like Kilkenomics and Leviathan. New this year is a music event in Dolan’s, named ‘The Revolution Will Not be Spotified’ where more than 30 local musicians are coming together to share their favourite politically themed protest music. There are film screenings such as ‘Eat Your Children’ a film about Ireland and protesting along with the Irish premiere of American Revolutionary - the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.

A particularly novel event being run by local artists Kate O’Shea and Emer Casey in collaboration with the Limerick Printmakers is the children’s protest sign making workshop.

Check out the full event lists at www.limerickspring.com, or telephone 083-4591508.