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2017

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Fresh Film Festival

 27th January

Fresh Film Festival, Ireland’s leading festival celebrating young filmmakers,
takes place 22-28 March in Limerick.  Festival highlights include
the finals of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards,
workshops in scriptwriting, animation and music videos,
feature screenings and international shorts.

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Limerick Literary Festival 2017 in honour of Kate O’Brien

23rd-26th February 2017

Limerick Literary Festival 2017, formerly known as Kate O’Brien Weekend, is this year celebrating its 33rd edition. The event continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author, while attracting prominent participants from all over the world. This year, we have gathered up to 20 participants from Ireland, England, Italy and the US in six different venues in Limerick city.
The theme is “ City of Bridges”.

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Limerick Choral Festival

 3rd-5th March

The Limerick Choral Festival marks its 10th anniversary this year.
Limerick Choral Festival aims to promote and develop choral music.
Choirs from all over are welcome to join the Limerick Choral Festival  on their 10th anniversary.
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Pay It Forward Limerick

 11-17 March

The Festival of Kindness, from 13th-17th March is an initiative
from Pay it Forward Limerick (PIF Limerick) – a team of local volunteers
and businesses who are embracing the concept to carry out intentional acts of kindness.
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Limerick St.Patricks Festival

 17 March

Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival 2015 is the largest parade outside Dublin.
The parade will take place on the Tuesday 17, March which will see
magnificent displays parade through the streets of Limerick.
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International Band Championship

 19th March

The International Band Championship is highlight of Limerick’s St. Patrick’s  Festival.
The Championship will host a number of Marching bands from all Ireland, USA and Europe.
The International Band Championship is judges by world class judges.
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The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas

24th-26th March 

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas celebrates the role of the citizen in the political life of Limerick. This year’s theme is ‘the State of Us’. With 100 years of perspective, we’ll be asking what we’ve learned and what we’ve left undone since the Proclamation of our Republic.

The programme has everything from film premières, big debates and an evening of protest music to spoken word, art and comedy events. There is truly something for everyone. Make sure you come and have your say!

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Limerick Film Festival

27th March-1st April

The Limerick Film Festival is back! Now in its seventh year, the LIT-founded three-day event has grown in size and reputation – attracting hundreds of filmmakers and visitors from home and abroad. Countries such as USA, Canada, Japan, Belgium, France, Israel and Spain have been represented since its inception.

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Limerick Fringe Festival 

        30th-1st April 2017

Limerick Fringe is a new vibrant, multi-genre performance based event hosted in Limerick.

In 2017 Limerick Fringe will run from 30th March till 1st April. Limerick Fringe is a not for profit organisation that looks to support artists and producers to promote new, vibrant and daring arts to a wider audience utilizing non-traditional spaces.

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Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival

 1st-7th April 

Proving there is always something new to learn, Limerick’s Lifelong Learning Festival is a celebration of Learning across the region. It promotes Limerick as a superb location for personal, social and work-related learning and development.

The 6th annual LLL Festival, which takes place from April 16th to 22nd 2016, features a host of free events and activities to interest, entertain and engage people of all ages! There will also be a Thomond Park Showcase held on the Saturday 16th April to open festival week.

The selection of events spans across a wide variety of areas such as arts and crafts, music and dancing, sports and leisure, caring and health studies, gardening and horticulture, activities for children and young people, as well as many events exploring more traditional education and training areas.

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Michael Hartnett Literary & Art Festival

6th-8th April 2017

On behalf of Limerick City and County Council I would like to welcome all our participants and visitors to Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival and wish every one of you an enjoyable and stimulating visit.

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Riverfest

 28th April – 1st May

Riverfest 2016 kicks off over the May Bank Holiday weekend and will showcase & celebrate all that’s great about Limerick City!

The festival caters to foodies, fun-seekers and fun-runners and is the first major festival of the year in Ireland.

Highlights of Riverfest 2016 will include the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run; Ireland’s largest barbecue cook-off, the Coors Light Riverfest BBQ Competition; the Continental Fair of European artisan producers and Fashion Friday.

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Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run

 30th April

The organisers of the 6th annual Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run
exceeded last year’s participant numbers of 12,200 which are partly
explained by the early bird registration discounts that ended on February 6 last.
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Limerick Sings International Choral Festival

22nd-25th June

Limerick Sings invites you and your choir to its 4th International Choral Festival. The festival extends a warm welcome to choirs of all traditions and nationalities to come together for a weekend of festive non-competitive singing in spectacular venues including St Mary’s Cathedral and Holy Trinity Abbey Church in the picturesque village of Adare, Co Limerick.

There are also opportunities to sing in other venues throughout the weekend in Limerick City such as the Hunt Museum. Their musical director will liaise with your choir to assist them with additional singing opportunities. Limerick has a long and very fine tradition of choral, opera and musical theatre.

The festival weekend is designed to offer choirs the opportunity to sing in some of Ireland’s finest music venues in the company of choristers from other countries and traditions of singing. It also offers a social programme to entertain you and provide a chance to meet your local Irish hosts from Limerick choirs.

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Limerick LGBT PrideFestival

10th-16th July

The Limerick Pride Festival 2015 will be starting on Tuesday July 14
with events each day until Sunday July 19 and will feature a multitude
of events, from educational workshops and discussions to evenings
of music and club nights, to cater to the Pride needs of everyone.
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Elemental 2017

8th -10th  September

Elemental Arts and Culture Festival takes place in September in Limerick City. The festival encompasses the arts in all their guises and is guided by a green ethos.Elemental is delighted to announce that it has won Gold in its category for Best Promotional Brochure at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards.

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2016

 

 

 

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Eva International

 16 April – 20 July

2016 is a meaningful year for Ireland as it marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a moment of great significance in the struggle for liberation from British colonial rule.

Responding to the context of the centenary, EVA International 2016 curated by Koyo Kouoh will be entitled Still (the) Barbarians and will investigate the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure from where artistic reflections, critical redefinitions and political transformations are articulated.

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 April

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The Limerick Spring

 17-19 April

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas returns
for it’s second year from the 17th to the 19th of April and
this week sees the launch of its website and a crowd
funding initiative to help finance the festival.

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Make a Move Festival

 2-5 July

The Make A Move festival 2015, which ran from from Thurs July 2 to Sun July 5
this year, has been a recurring event in Limerick City since 2012.
The festival was established to promote engagement in hip hop music, dance and art throughout the city. 
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August

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Sarsfields Day Festival

21-23 August

Sarsfields Day Festival Weekend honours Patrick Sarsfield and the heroic
defenders of the walled city of Limerick in 1690. In August 1690, William of Orange
and his army were successful at the Battle of the Boyne, and proceeded
to rampage through the South of Ireland, in order to quell any further resistance by Jacobites to his domination of Ireland.
Be part of this city’s great historical and proud history.

Various venues across Limerick city.

September

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WestFest

10-13 September

Walking on Cars, UB40, Example ,The Riptide Movement, The Stunning and Hudson Taylor are among a big-hitting music line-up for the Westfest 2015 Festival from 10-13 September in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

Now in its fifth year, the Westfest Line Up is one of those best kept secrets on the Irish summer festival scene, with exceptional bands performing over four sensational nights of music and entertainment! 

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Elemental 2015

Elemental, Limerick’s Arts & Culture Festival

 11-13 September

Elemental, Limerick’s Arts & Culture Festival, takes place again from September 11th to the September 13th.
Now in year four, Elemental has built a reputation for delivering a high-quality, fun, inclusive festival, with community, heritage and the arts in all their guises at its core. Taking place citywide, Elemental will be taking to the streets, shops, cafes, galleries and theatres of Limerick, with a programme offering something for everyone

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Limerick Culture Night

18 September

Culture Night will take place on Friday 18th September this year.
Limerick City & County want to make sure that Limerick is once again
well represented in this national initiative with a full programme of events
to showcase the wealth of culture that Limerick has to offer,
building on our Limerick2014 legacy and reinforcing our current Limerick2020 European City of Culture Bid. 

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Limerick Jazz Festival

 25-27 September

Limerick Jazz Festival is an annual event promoting live jazz performance
in various venues throughout the city of Limerick. 2015 will feature artists
from the US, the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

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October

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Cuisle International Poetry Festival

 October

Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival will be in it’s 21st year this October.
The attendance at the Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival  has been rising, on a year by year basis.
The nightly readings are the highlight of Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival,
which has over the past years gained a very favourable international reputation
as a festival at which to present work, both from at home and abroad.

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Open House Limerick

 9-11 October

Open House Limerick is annual festival showcasing outstanding
architecture for all to experience, completely free of charge.

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PAF

Polish Art Festival

 15-31 October

The theme of PAF 2015 is “Transgressing dimensions. Lullabies and Keening Tradition.”
The core of the Festival is an exhibition of paintings, drawing, sculpture, artistic photography,
handcrafted jewellery of Polish Artists creating in Ireland.
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November

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Outbreak Limerick Zombie Festival 

 November

On the last weekend in October, Outbreak begins. Limerick’s streets will be over-run with zombies, as we stage the largest Zombie themed party weekend ever seen! Zombie flashmobs, parades, movie screenings, bands, DJs, and plenty of zombie-friendly hotels bars restaurants and nightclubs, this will be unlike any weekend you’ve ever experienced before.

Date to be decided

December

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Limerick Christmas Racing Festival 

26-29 December

Day 1 of the Christmas Racing Festival. Gates open at 10:30am with the first race off
at approximately 12:30pm. St. Stephen’s Day racing is a tradition in the mid-west
so make sure you join us for a feast of National Hunt racing to include The Shannon Airport Novice Chase (Grade 2).

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