THE confidence created by City of Culture shows no signs of abating and a record number of events will form the programme for Culture Night, which takes place later this month.
The event, returning for a seventh consecutive year, allows people – primarily families – to take advantage of free admission and late opening hours in the city’s arts, culture and heritage venues, from 5pm-10pm on September 18. More than 80 events will take place over the five hour period.
The city’s cultural community will come together for a showcase as the preparations continue for Limerick’s EU Capital of Culture bid in 2020.
“It is people that give cities the creativity and dynamism that makes them centres of learning, technical and cultural development, and research and innovation,” said Sheila Deegan, arts officer and key member of the 2020 bid team.
“This dynamism is never more evident than on Culture Night. Museums, galleries, artists’ studios, theatres, towers, heritage centres, and other venues throughout the city and county will host a wide and varied array of cultural events for all of us to engage, re engage with and most of all celebrate and enjoy,” she added.
Seventy specific events in total across Limerick took place last year, then a record for the annual event, which is a Temple Bar Cultural Trust programme, in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the local authority and the Limerick 2020 Bid.
The arts officer said that City of Culture had created a confidence in Limerick and “within ourselves by celebrating artists, designers and innovators.
“The Cultural Revolution that began in Limerick in 2014 is continuing with great confidence and belief,” she said.
“Culture Night provides an annual creative platform for artists and creative spaces to share with you their passion and belief in the power of culture by showcasing Limerick as a rich and rewarding locus of culture,” she added, noting the 2020 team would be installed in the Park Kiosk in Pery Square to meet people and sign up cultural ambassadors for the bid.
“The strength of our bid will be determined by how citizens believe in the power of culture,” she explained.
Among the wealth of buildings and venues opening their doors to the public for a wide range of events are Limerick City Gallery of Art, Dance Limerick, The Hunt Museum, Mungret College, St John’s Cathedral, Desmond Castle, Honeyfitz Theatre and Limerick Printmakers.
Events will also take place in Limerick Civic Trust at the Bishop’s Palace, Limerick Museum and Archives, King John’s Castle, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick Diocesan Office on Henry Street, St Mary’s Church, the North Munster Masonic Centre on Castle Street, the Frank McCourt Museum and many more.