DURING his recent visit to Limerick, President Michael D Higgins took time to attend an event to mark the Made in Limerick strand of City of Culture.
The 109 projects - funded to the tune of €2.3m of the overall €6m State contribution - were celebrated at an event in Dance Limerick during the President’s visit to Limerick.
A video documenting the many Made in Limerick projects, made by Piquant Media, who are based in Limerick, has been subsequently released.
A patron of City of Culture, President Higgins said he was “very glad to have received the opportunity to meet the activists associated with some of those projects that form part of the Made in Limerick initiative, one which will, of course, ensure that this significant year of creativity here in Limerick will leave a strong and lasting legacy that can be enjoyed for many years to come.”
The President, who earlier visited Culture House to meet City of Culture officials, before received the Freedom of Limerick at an event in the Milk Market, said that the funding strand of the year of culture, the lion’s share of which are community-led, youth and civic projects, some 54 of the total 109, “remind us of the many ways in which a community can embrace and use the arts in order to acknowledge and pursue its own cultural identity.
“It was indeed very inspiring to read the list of successful projects and see such varied and innovative artistic endeavours, all developed through a real desire to facilitate individual and community expression through art,” he explained.
“Some initiatives have brought the arts out of the theatres, galleries, and concert halls, and into the streets and villages and communities of Limerick, placing culture right at the heart of society.
“Others have focussed on reconnecting citizens with their past through re-enacting significant historical events, exploring Limerick’s splendid archaeology, and examining the critical subject of genealogy.
“Several projects introduce Limerick’s young citizens to the joys of theatre and music and film, encouraging them to engage with, and make their own contribution to, this important year of culture,” he added.
President Higgins also met with representatives from four projects who shared some of the detail of their projects with him. These were the Georgian Pop Up Museum, Are You Dancing, Particles or Waves, and Noye’s Fludde.
“I am very inspired by the imaginative ways in which so many of the projects demonstrate a real understanding of the importance of constantly striving to re-invent, re-imagine and re-interpret in order to ensure that the Arts remain relevant in an ever evolving society,” added the President.