26 Sept 2022

Limerick plays its part in online arts programme for young people by young people

Limerick plays its part in online arts programme for young people by young people

The Lasta Festival is opening this Thursday at 7pm with Soda Blonde - formerly known as Little Green Cars

LASTA, a national arts programme for young people by young people, taking place across eight venues in Ireland, including Limerick, launches this Thursday evening.

From all corners of Ireland this is the biggest collaborative arts festival taking place in venues across the country from Tralee to Limerick, Ennis to Galway, Portlaoise to Longford and Dún Laoghaire to Letterkenny.

In a new innovative approach to programming, 21 young curators were engaged by the NASC venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from June 11 to June 20, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people. Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

The launch of the festival takes place this Thursday evening at 7pm with Soda Blonde, the hugely popular alt-pop band from Dublin (originally Little Green Cars).  This opening gig will stream live on Youtube Premiere and is free of charge.

The curators have delivered a unique and diverse programme of events featuring theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, spoken word along with innovative site specific and multi-disciplinary events.

Some of the highlights of the festival include: AfroPopCity, a Limerick based Afrobeat and Hip-Hop Collective; Silent, Pat Kinevane's Olivier Award-winning play; Drifting, a short film set in a small midlands town, starring Paul Mescal and Dafhyd Flynn; What Moves You, featuring Snowflake-author Louise Nealon in conversation with movement artist Douglas Reddan; actor and writer Owen Colgan star of the hit show The Hardy Bucks, brings you The Dance of Life a collection of videos; Indie rock group NewDad; singer song-writer Aoife Meade who will entertain audiences with her jazzy tones and Irish and international traditional star Lisa Canny.

Booking is now open with many events free to attend.

The NASC Network Venues are:  Lime Tree Theatre, Backstage Theatre (Longford), Dunamaise Arts Centre (Portlaoise), glór (Ennis), An Grianán (Letterkenny), Pavilion Theatre (Dún Laoghaire), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) and Town Hall Theatre (Galway).

Booking information can be found on each venue website.

Lasta is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, 10-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.

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