IT has been a staple at the Electric Picnic festival for a number of years but was originally dreamed up by a group from Limerick.
Salon du Chat, described as ‘an arts project with a twist’ and effectively speed debating, will take place in the city next week as part of the Limerick Spring, a Festival of Politics and Ideas.
The conversation-cafe style event is the brainchild of Limerick residents Roisin Buckley, Gillian Jonker, Jennifer Moroney Ward and Conor Buckley and was conceived originally as part of a Daghdha Dance Company project.
It went on to become a popular fixture in Stradbally and now is ‘returning home’ for four events, supported by City of Culture.
“We all spend a lot of time talking every day, but we don’t often have time to talk about things that really matter,” explained organiser Roisin Buckley.
“At Salon du Chat we find couples talking about things they’ve never discussed before, and strangers having inspirational conversations.
“The aim is to stimulate wonderful conversation in a relaxed and sociable environment.”
The first Salon du Chat takes place on Thursday, April 10 from 8pm – 10pm at Fitto Cafe, Catherine Street.
For more on the Limerick Spring see www.limerickspring.com.