THE Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas is to return for a second year, and will focus on the role of activists.
In a year which has seen gains for activism-based parties, and the left-wing across Europe, the second Spring festival aims to reflect this.
It takes place between April 17 and 19, but the countdown to the festival will get under way with a fundraising table quiz at Dolans next Wednesday, February 18.
Committee member David Studer said that while last year was about embracing the citizen in readiness for the local elections, this year will be more introspective.
“It was very well received last year, and certainly within the committee, we felt it played an important role leading up to the elections, informing citizens on their right to participate, ask questions and engage with local politicians,” he said.
“Last year was all about celebrating the citizen, but this year in light of the activism we have seen both locally, nationally and internationally. To examine the role of the activist in civil society, and find out what role they play,” he added.
The inaugural Limerick Spring festival enjoyed funding from the City of Culture.
Unfortunately this year, this is not available, meaning the organisers have to look for ways of funding the festival elsewhere.
At the table quiz, the cost of entry is €20 per table of four, with all money raised going directly towards the staging of the festival.
This year’s Limerick Spring Festival will feature a night of protest movement, called The Revolution will not be Spotified.
David said: “This will be a fun night showing ways you can get your message across”, while a debate will also be held.
The organisers are also working with the Limerick Printmakers to run a children’s workshop during the festival. “We want to give theme the chance to show the concerns they have in society. It is important to recognise that a child’s voice is important in society,” David added.