Culture is aflame across Limerick: Stephen Hennigar, Sheila Deegan, arts officer, Metropolitan Mayor, Cllr Michael Hourigan and Noel Darragh Martin, Pattern Dance Culture, launch Culture Night
CULTURE night is back and it is bigger than ever.
The annual event, which sees cultural institutions throw open their doors for free and at later than usual opening times, has a huge following in Limerick and has consistently seen culture lovers and families out in their droves to sample the fare on offer.
Organisers have promised “a feast for all the senses”.
One hundred events will take place between 5pm and 11pm on Friday across the city and county, grouped thematically across heritage, children and family, art and design, theatre and film, poetry and writing and music and dance. It is a great way to get a flavour for the vibrant arts scene on offer across Limerick.
This is the eighth year Culture Night has taken place in Limerick and it has grown year by year. Arts officer Sheila Deegan said: “I love the energy of Culture Night with friends and families seeking out events and happenings in usual and unusual spaces.
“The 100 events being provided this year is a credit to individual cultural practitioners and organisations who throw open their doors for late night opening for one night only. Don't let the opportunity pass you by to hear music, watch a movie, listen to poetry and prose or just dance.”
Don’t be overwhelmed by the variety on offer, either choose specific events or stroll around and get caught up in the fun. We have chosen a sample of things to do from the 100 on offer.
Start the night with the Culture Night bus tours, which run from 5pm to 8pm and are a great way to get around. Pick up from the bus stop at Arthur’s Quay.
At 5.30pm, members of the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, performing as Gaeilge as Na Tograi Imram, perform the music of Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and David Bowie in Mary Immaculate College.
Be sure to call to the Fab Lab on Patrick Street – 5.30pm to 9pm – and the Limerick Printmakers in John’s Square – 6pm – 10pm – and see what both hotspots have to offer. The Printmakers, in particular, is popular with families and kids seeking printing fun.
Head to the Belltable at 7.30pm, for a showcase of works by five Limerick filmmakers, offering a vibrant slice of the burgeoning local film industry.
If that doesn’t float your boat, check out the Pinch Pot Constructions or Ceramic Throwing, go on a Guided Tour of the Book of Kells or walk the medieval walls, take in an international cuisine exhibit, experience four markets in one or ‘Park-up & Picnic’.
Events are taking place at various locations across the city and the county. Check out limerick.ie or culturenight.ie for full details.