Oscar nominated Song of the Sea to screen at Elemental

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

'A unique art-form': Jennifer Allen of Elemental
THE Elemental Arts and Culture Festival, returning again this September for a fourth year, features a host of events taking place city-wide.

THE Elemental Arts and Culture Festival, returning again this September for a fourth year, features a host of events taking place city-wide.

The voluntary-run festival takes place from September 11-13 and will run in the streets, shops, cafes, galleries and theatres of the city.

The Academy-Award nominated Song of the Sea will get a screening, as will the joyous Alive Inside, which won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival.

A central event of the festival will be the screening of Sign Painters by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, followed by a q&a with American sign painter Sean Starr, with the veteran artist and Kayleigh Starr to take part in an open event and exhibition in Fab Lab on Rutland Street.

“We spoke with local sign artist Tom Collins last year about potentially screening Sign Painters at Elemental,” explained Jennifer Allen of the festival, which recently hosted a crowd-funding campaign to raise capital for the three day event, which does not receive Arts Council funding.

“Now it’s grown to become a screening, an exhibition, works-in-progress, podcasts, the works! It will bring a whole new perspective and insight to this unique art-form,” she added. Mr Starr will work with Mr Collins on “the creation of a very Limerick-themed collaborative piece” for the festival, inspired by the music of The Cranberries, he explained recently.

Mr Starr outlined on his recent podcast that he intends to host a sale of artwork that would raise funds for the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol while he is in Limerick.

There is a wide variety of community, heritage and arts events taking place in the festival, which aims to be both fun and inclusive. Alan Hogan, general manager of Elemental, said: “We’ve selected a range of events which we hope people can really engage with and learn from.

“Eco-workshops, animation workshops, making a traditional musical instrument - with a twist. Even puppet-making, for adults,” he added.

The full, 32-page programme detailing all of the events, is available now city-wide and online at elementalfestival.com.