'Festivals are an important way of bringing us together': Sheila Deegan
A NEW Limerick festivals guide has been released, with all of the information on what to see and do this summer.
The guide, launched by Limerick City and County Council, aims to help locals and visitors plan for all the main summer festivals taking place around the city and county.
Whether it’s Limerick’s premier festival Riverfest, Bruff’s Bluegrass Festival or EVA, Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art, the guide — created by the council’s Marketing and Communications office and Culture and Arts office — highlights dozens of ideas for fun days and nights out in Limerick.
“Festivals are an important way of bringing us together to share and learn about ourselves, our culture, our heritage and give confidence and voice to creative expression of all kinds,” said Sheila Deegan, Culture and Arts Officer with the Council.
“The recent investment by Limerick City and County Council into festivals is testament to the belief that they can create a sense of belonging as well as impact on the social and economic life of Limerick.
“If you’re planning on running a festival in Limerick, please get in touch with us so we can help to promote it,” she added.
Head of marketing at Limerick City and County Council, Laura Ryan, said that they created the guide to complement the comprehensive event listings on Limerick.ie, which is the Council’s official guide to Limerick.
“We provide a free service to festival organisers throughout Limerick so that their events can be promoted to the thousands of visitors who visit Limerick.ie every year.
“The number of festivals and gigs is staggering, over 100 that have been included in the guide. They range from local community ones to large international gigs, all taking place in Limerick,” she said.
“The new guide will allow a greater promotion and marketing of all of these festivals, making more people aware that they are taking place and ultimately helping them grow.”
Organisers of festivals or events can submit details via the My Limerick page on Limerick.ie, to be promoted for free in the Council’s event guides.
One of the year’s festival highlights is Riverfest, taking place on the May bank holiday weekend. This year, many of the weekend’s most popular attractions are back, including Riverfest watersports on the Shannon, the BBQ competition, the River festival village in Arthur’s Quay Park, the Great Limerick Run and a spectacular fireworks display.
And this summer, whether it’s family fun at Riverfest, a big gig like Steps in Thomond Park in July, history and heritage for the Lough Gur Summer Solstice Festival in June, or arts and culture for the Askeaton Contemporary Arts Festival in July – there is truly something for everyone.