Free concerts among highlights of Culture Night 2012 in Limerick city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

TWO free concerts will be among the highlights of Culture Night 2012 in Limerick city this year, taking place on Friday, September 21.

TWO free concerts will be among the highlights of Culture Night 2012 in Limerick city this year, taking place on Friday, September 21.

The nationwide night of culture, which encourages local cultural institutions and bodies to throw open the doors of their venues and invite the public inside for free, has proven to be a huge success and has been running in the city for the past four years.

Among the highlights are two free concerts on the night with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland in concert in St Mary’s Cathedral, conducted by David Hill and acclaimed singer Honor Heffernan, performing in the Belltable.

Free concerts, walking tours, drop-in workshops, poetry, film and theatre events, art and printmaking workshops will all also take place as part of the popular open night, which city arts officer Sheila Deegan says is a “great night”.

“It is the fifth year and it is a great night,” she explained. “Last year we did some research and got reaction from people as to why they came out and what they came to see. Most people felt that the night was an opportunity for them to see what exactly it is in their city.

“Often people are very busy and don’t have the time to get out, so people put this date in their diary and take the opportunity to get everyone out,” she added.

“You will always see generations of people - parents with buggies, right up to grandparents - out together on the night.”

Minister Deenihan said that Culture Night “plays a critical role in terms of increasing and improving the public’s access to culture and the arts”.

“It is a night for people of all ages to sample and connect with the cultural delights in their area and remind them that these venues are open all year round,” he added.

Visit www.limerick.ie for details of the various events taking place.