ILLUSIONIST Steve Spade brought the one day Elemental Arts and Culture Festival to a stunning crescendo on Saturday night as he escaped from being burnt at the stake in King John’s Castle.
To the delight of the gathered masses in the castle courtyard, the illusion, designed and choreographed by Zeb Moore, Pius McGrath and Simon Thompson, saw the Coonagh daredevil escape from a certain fiery demise only to appear on the ramparts of the castle in the style of showman David Copperfield seconds after flames seemed to envelop him.
The fiery illusion formed a show-stopping centrepiece to the inaugural festival, which aimed to “bring the arts in all shapes and sizes” to Limerick for one day of back-to-back entertainment.
Spade was given a mayoral reception this Monday by Mayor of Limerick Gerry McLoughlin for his spectacular efforts, which formed a stunning finale to the festival. The festival boasted a litany of events taking place throughout the day across the city, from interactive street art and performances, dance and short film, to workshops and talks.
Local actor Zeb Moore was a member of the organising committee and said the feedback on Elemental from those who attended and from city venues and businesses was “phenomenal”.
“The feedback on it has been phenomenal, just incredible,” said Mr Moore. “There were nearly 200 people on Bedford Row for Myles Breen’s tea dancing and those that gathered to watch helped to clean-up afterward, which was great. The Night of Fires event in King John’s Castle was great fun and we hope to repeat it with Steve in the future.
“This was always about bringing the community together, which it did,” he added.
The festival was organised by a team of people based in Limerick and involved in the arts who were keen to “showcase the positive side of the city” and Zeb said they hoped it would “get bigger and bigger” and would return as a three day event next year.