AFTER a weekend in which Limerick revelled in sun soaked cultural fun, the annual Culture Night was launched in the city.
Over 70 events have been programmed for this year’s event, which sees arts and heritage venues throw open the doors to the public, free of charge and with later than usual opening hours.
Taking place on Friday, September 19, a record number of free events for all ages will be held throughout the city and county over a five hour period and Sheila Deegan, arts and culture manager with City of Culture, said that Limerick has “taken Culture Night to its heart” in the six year it has been running.
“We were invited six years ago to be part of it and we took up the mantle,” she explained at the launch in the People’s Park this Monday, fresh from the highs of Royal de Luxe’s gigantic event over the weekend.
“Now we have over 70 events in six years and it is just a lovely family event. I know that last weekend has shown that families can really engage, but Culture Night always had that at a smaller level.
“You have all generations of people coming out to engage with a lot of things, venues, cultural organisations - some of which people don’t think about.
“What you encounter on Culture Night is something unexpected,” she added.
Over 50 venues across Limerick opened last year, with record crowds flocking to attend the many free events, more than 6,000 people in all and it is expected that numbers will increase again this year.
Two legacy projects of City of Culture will be launched on the night, including Limerick’s Urban Horse project, developed by artist Angela Connolly, and That’s Limerick City, a pop-up people’s museum to be hosted in the Milk Market.
Limerick’s cultural quarter at John’s Square will host a massive showcase involving Dance Limerick, Limerick Youth Theatre, Fresh Film Festival and Music Generation, while Macnas will also put on a street theatre performance.
For full details see www.culturenight.ie.