New arts and cultural festival for Limerick aims to bring ‘one big party’ to city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE organisers of a brand new festival based in the city are aiming to “bring the arts in all shapes and sizes” to Limerick for one day of back-to-back entertainment.

THE organisers of a brand new festival based in the city are aiming to “bring the arts in all shapes and sizes” to Limerick for one day of back-to-back entertainment.

The inaugural Elemental Arts & Culture Festival, launched this Monday in the Hunt Museum, will run on Saturday September 15 and is the brainchild of a team of people based in Limerick and involved in the arts who are keen to “showcase the positive side of the city”.

The festival will encompass interactive street art and performances, dance and short film, workshops and talks. Jennifer Allen, one of the voluntary organising committee, hopes the festival will “feel like a big party for a day”.

“The theme came about from the elements of nature - the five elements - so a lot of the performers use fire, air and water in their act, so it is going to be fairly colourful, dynamic and a bit of fun for the day,” she explained.

“It really just started with a couple of us having a cup of coffee and saying we should try and get Limerick moving with one big festival that does everything - you can have a cultural aspect, an artistic aspect, rather than just one specific genre. Everyone is invited to take part in this,” she added.

From laughter yoga and Tai Chi and dance to puzzles, funny portraits and all things fun-related hosted in the Frank McCourt Museum, the festival will also have a serious side, with a talk on pioneering county Limerick woman Sophie Pierce, who was an Olympian and an aviator in the 1920s, while Bedford Row and Thomas Street will be the main hub for street activity. The Hunt Museum will also showcase a number of skilled craftsmen and women, from a woodturner to a farrier and a Limerick lace maker.

“Once people are in town they will have plenty to see and will be entertained for the day,” explained Ms Allen.

“Where possible, we have tried to keep it free, because people just don’t have the budget. If you have a family you can come in and hop from one thing to next and be entertained for the day.”