Public input sought for development of cultural strategy for Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Public input sought for development of cultural strategy for Limerick

‘Public consultation’: Sheila Deegan, Limerick 2020 arts and culture officer

AS Limerick approaches a “key point in its cultural history and development” by bidding for the European Capital of Culture designation in 2020, the council is calling on the public engage in the development of a new cultural strategy.

The local authority is calling on both the arts and culture community and members of the public to “play their part in the formation of a comprehensive new cultural strategy”.

A series of public meetings will be head across Limerick in April, in Newcastle West, Rathkeale, Kilmallock and the city centre.

The strategy will inform the 2020 bid, which faces a crunch moment in July when a jury will visit Limerick as part of the process. But the council says it also wants Limerick to “strategically plan and look to the future to ensure culture continues to play a leading role in developing the city and region”.

“Essentially, this strategy is about moving towards a wider idea of culture and how the Council supports culture into the future,” said Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Liam Galvin.

“The strategy is aimed at supporting new and existing festivals and events as well identifying the use of unoccupied spaces throughout Limerick for cultural purposes. I urge the people of Limerick who have an interest in culture to be involved in forming the strategy.”

Sheila Deegan, arts and culture officer with the 2020 bid, said that the strategy would be “an integrated set of choices that will pave the way for effective planning to achieve change through cultural engagement”.

“This strategy will be decided on collectively through public consultation and partnership. We are delighted to be working with Limerick Arts and Culture Exchange (LACE) and Professional Limerick Arts Network (PLAN) both new, independent, cultural representative bodies that work to develop, support and advocate for the cultural sector in Limerick,” she said.

“We are looking to create a meaningful cultural strategy that can be implemented with success across Limerick. The cultural strategy will be a catalyst for a step change in the way local government supports and delivers culture.”

See www.Limerick.ie/Council for more details.