Limerick goes ‘culture crazy’ at Pery Square event

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

The Ancor chamber choir performing at the City of Culture showcase night in No 2 Pery Square last Thursday. Picture: Alan Place
HUNDREDS of people in the arts, history and culture teamed up to present their innovative ideas to the public at the first Limerick City of Culture showcase.

HUNDREDS of people in the arts, history and culture teamed up to present their innovative ideas to the public at the first Limerick City of Culture showcase.

The event, which took place at No 2 Pery Square on Thursday evening, held a number of presentations by locals in the food, craft, arts, history, sport and culture industry.

The series of seminars, which kicked-off at 5pm at the Georgian house, was accompanied by performances by musicians of the Limerick Jazz Society, improv acts from Choke Comedy, solo harp playing at the entrance of the foyer, and the Limerick chamber choir Ancór.

The City of Culture 2014, which was selected by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan under a new scheme, has assigned each project to “pillar groups” or categories in the year-long initiative.

In the Food and Craft pillar group, Theresa and Athene Storey represented The Green Apron in the Milk Market, who produce homemade and locally sourced foods.

“What we are trying to show here is that all of these foods can be made from home with seasoned fruit and vegetables,” they explained when they presented their award-winning preserves.

In the Venues and Institutions category, University Concert Hall, the Lime Tree Theatre and Thomond Park representatives were present to give details of the concerts and events planned for 2013 and 2014.

The Arts and Artists section, Elemental Arts Festival showcased their agenda for their second September festival, which will host a variety of events, consisting of print, visual arts, acrobatics, film, photography and many more.

Other arts organisations that were present were Occupy Space, Rutland Street, Fabric Studios of Lower Henry Street, and the Shanagolden-based Spoken Dance Company.

At the History and Heritage pillar group, Jacqui Hayes of the Limerick City Archives said she was interested in sourcing archived photos from the 1970s.

She also mentioned that she hopes to source the whereabouts of historical graves and put them online with exact GPS locations.

City of Culture artistic director Karl Wallace said the aim of the exhibit was to show the public the exciting agenda for 2014.

“We are ambitious to deliver a memorable and successful inaugural City of Culture and generate genuine enthusiasm among the people in Limerick. We have received over 350 ideas and proposals from individuals and groups for projects which has been an invaluable exercise” he said.

The first draft of the programme, containing all participating groups will be published this September.