LIMERICK will be transformed into a massive “riverside theatre” for the duration of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, which will kick off City of Culture.
The Limerick Leader has gleaned more details of the pageant that will wind its way through the city on December 31, which will be followed up by a massive fireworks display.
The City of Culture ‘NYE Pageant’ will “transport the streets of Limerick into wonderful fairyland full of fantastical characters, glowing floats and magical music”, according to organisers.
The procession - co-ordinated by local arts group Honest Arts - will assemble in the Milk Market from midday before being by the award winning street theatre company Bui Bolg through the streets of the city.
The procession will make its way to the city’s medieval quarter, where a ‘Son et Lumiere’ mapping display will turn the area into a “live storybook” using cutting edge digital video mapping and special lighting effects.
More than 20,000 people are expected to witness the festivities, which organisers claim will be the “biggest riverside urban theatre event ever held in Europe”.
A specially composed story by playwright Mike Finn - The Story of the Boy Who Looked for the Trout - will come to life using giant-sized puppets strategically placed on top of buildings around the banks of the river.
City of Culture CEO Patricia Ryan said she was “hugely excited to see the sheer scale and ambition of what’s planned for New Year’s Eve”.
“The positives the City of Culture will bring to Limerick with this event alone are substantial,” she added.
There is also an open call for children and adults of Limerick to get involved in the various events, and Ms Ryan said it was “massively encouraging to see 900 volunteers getting involved together with over 700 kids and teenagers across 20 Limerick schools working together to make this wonderful world class event happen”.
Early bird tickets for the concert to take place later that night in front of City Hall have now sold out, organisers confirmed.
Limerick’s own Dolores O’Riordan is to headline the event, which is the first ever New Year’s Eve concert to take place in Limerick city, joined by the Irish Chamber Orchestra and rapper Maverick Sabre.
More acts are due to be revealed next week and promoters do expect the event to fully sell out. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.
RTE has committed “serious resources” to broadcasting the concert, with a crowd of up to 2,800 people will pack into Merchant’s Quay for the ticket only gig.
The Potato Market will play host to an enclosed food market packed with food stalls with full bar facilities available.