THE city will be the venue for the return of the multidisciplinary arts and culture festival Elemental in September.
The returning festival has been boosted to three days from last year’s successful staging, and boasts a strong emphasis on children, with “something for everyone” according to Maeve McGrath, one of the organisers.
“It is back, we had a great year last year, but it was only one day and this year it is three days. We have more events and we focussed more on specific events this year,” she explained at the launch in Sally Mills Bakery in the Milk Market this Monday.
“We learnt what not to do, what went wrong and right for us, that is what you do, you have to learn. We did a survey afterward and people asked for more stuff for kids, so you will see that, it is reflected in the programme,” she added of Elemental, which will run from Friday-Sunday, September 13-15.
A strong programme will fill the streets and venues of the city with art and culture, while a centrepiece of the event will be the premiere of ward winning feature length documentary The Summit, which tells the tragic story of the day Limerick climber Ger McDonnell lost his life after conquering K2.
“We have a gala screening of the Summit, which is absolutely superb, we are delighted to get that, and all proceeds from that go to the Ger McDonnell memorial fund,” explained Maeve.
Highlights include puppetry and aerial performances at Dance Limerick - formerly home to Daghdha - laughter yoga and tai chi on Bedford Row, an acoustic set by Limerick band Senakah at the Franciscan Friary, master craftsman and women exhibiting in the Hunt Museum, a ‘tea dance’ with Myles Breen in the Milk Market, TAPAS -theatre, art, poetry, audio and street - in bite sized performances around the city, while movie director Gerry Stembridge will also host a talk in the city.
“We have covered across the arts completely, film, dance, puppetry, theatre, literature, history, lectures - something for everybody - and more specifically, all of the events, bar the charity ones, are free,” explained Maeve.
“We want to make the arts and culture accessible to people, we really want it in people’s face, we are city of culture next year and we have a city full of culture, there is loads going on.
“I think what we have to do now is get behind the city,” she added.
See ElementalFestival.com for full details of the programme.