Positive start for Limerick's Fringe Festival

ORGANISERS RECEIVE 'OVERWHELMING' RESPONSE TO APPLICATION PROCESS

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

Positive start for Limerick's Fringe Festival

Fringe Festival members, Simon Thompson, Eva Birdthistle, Shane Vaughan and Fiona Marie Booth

THE INAUGURAL Limerick Fringe Festival has received more than 80 applications from local, national and international artists.

The event — running from March 30 to April 1 next year — is the brainchild of a collective of artists, directors and performers, who wish to introduce “new work” and artistic diversity to a broad local audience.

The application process, which closed in September, saw an “overwhelming” response from the arts and culture community, organisers told the Limerick Leader.

Festival committee member, Eva Birdthistle said: “We are now in the process of sending out the great news to those whom have been selected and the acts will be announced next month, with tickets going on sale in January. The programme is brimming at the seams with artistic wonderfulness. There'll be something for experienced Fringe goers, those who are new to the scene as well as a wonderful Family Fringe programme.”

Organiser Simon Thompson, who is a theatre director, said that Limerick city is an apt location for a fringe festival as “experimental and alternative arts” sits well in Limerick.

Mr Thompson added that the festival will expose “challenging, vibrant and quirky” performances to the people of Limerick.

In the lead up to the inaugural event, the festival has introduced a sponsorship programme, which will financially assist the running of the festival. Sponsors can contribute €100, €250 or €500. 

For more information on the festival, visit www.limerickfringe.com.