Catherine Street comes alive for ‘CatDig’ street festival

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

ART installations, poetry and creative writing, salsa and flamenco demonstrations, live music and DJs, photo exhibits, food and guitar classes and astronomy talks - there is something for everyone at this weekend’s ‘CatDig’ street festival in the city, running from Friday to Sunday.

ART installations, poetry and creative writing, salsa and flamenco demonstrations, live music and DJs, photo exhibits, food and guitar classes and astronomy talks - there is something for everyone at this weekend’s ‘CatDig’ street festival in the city, running from Friday to Sunday.

The Catherine Street ‘Cultural Dig’ - or ‘CatDig’ - street festival returns to the half-kilometre stretch this weekend, the second staging of an event which brought the street to life last year.

A weekend of artistic and creative events, hosted by the Catherine Street traders and curated by the SpiritStore Arts Group, the packed programme of events - taking place in shop windows, on the street and inside many varied premises - makes this an event to behold.

Featuring poets, musicians, dancers, artists and artisans - crucially, the idea of the festival is that it interacts with the street, so various shops and business premises will host their own events over the three days.

“The framework was in place, we just put out the call for people who were interested in doing it exactly the way it was done last year. The street now owns it, and there are going to be some real, individual artworks going on. It is really building up its own momentum as a street festival,” he explained.

All of the events are free and will take place along one of Limerick’s oldest streets. The vibrant line-up includes installation artwork, performance and dance, photography, craftwork, workshops on astronomy and screenwriting, comedy, improvised music and conceptual works that specifically use the street’s history as their subject.

Central to the weekend will be the ‘Poetry Depot’ in Flannery’s Bar, which will allow the public to mingle with poets and receive a real-life piece of art as they craft their own personal poetry. The ‘Doublelife of Catherine St’ is a parallel project to CatDig and features walks, talks and performances organised by LSAD’s Tracy Fahey, running all weekend.

“CatDig is designed as an opportunity for all to investigate, participate and question the street but most importantly to really experience a range of diverse art events that redefine this city centre space for a summer’s weekend.”

The ‘CatDig’ street festival takes place from May 13-15. For full details see www.facebook.com/catdig2011.