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Culture Night 2014



At the launch of Culture Night 2014 was Simon Thompson with students from St. Patricks G.N.S., Dublin Road, Limerick were, Caitlin Considine, 10, Ciara Kelly, 10 and Wiktoria Lipinska, 10 on Limerick’s Urban Horses which the children helped with creating. Picture: Alan Place.

Limerick Culture Night. Explore, Experience, Enjoy!


Culture Night 2014 will take place in Limerick on Friday, 19th September and will offer a wonderful opportunity for Limerick to showcase the diverse array of arts and cultural activities that the region has to offer.




This year, with Limerick’s designation as National City of Culture 2014, we are well and truly primed for a very special Culture Night!

The growing enthusiasm and excitement for all things cultural is palpable. Limerick is currently a hive of cultural activity, with both flagship events and home grown ‘Made in Limerick’ projects taking place, and this year’s Culture Night offers a perfect opportunity for the people of Limerick to further sample some of these wonderful events and ongoing projects.

Culture Night Limerick will be officially launched in early September but in the meantime, put the date in your diary and come on out for a night of FREE fun and activities – music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literary readings, workshops, talks, walks and much, much more.


Here you will find an example of some of the events taking place in Limerick for Culture Night 2014 on Friday, September 19th.


Limerick’s Urban Horse will launch at 6pm on Culture Night at Limerick City Gallery of Art, in the People’s Park. Limerick Corridor Art (LCAP), in association with Limerick City of Culture 2014, present Limerick’s Urban Horse project consisting of 15 life-size horse sculptures developed by artist and educator Angela Connolly (LCAP) and hand painted by children and young people on the theme of ‘Individuality and Identity’. LCAP engaged with 18 different communities and hundreds of Limerick youth in the Urban Horse Project and also collaborated with Limerick’s FabLab. The Urban Horse sculptures have been inspired by the heritage of the horse culture that exists within the city and suburbs of Limerick. These sculptures will sit on the grassy slopes of the People’s Park from Culture Night onwards. Each model is a highly interactive and uniquely decorated, encouraging young and old to participate and enjoy.


‘That’s Limerick City’ Launch   

We invite visitors young and old to join us at the opening of the Limerick City of Culture Legacy Project under the History & Heritage strand. The event takes place at The Milk Market and will kick off from 5pm.  Refreshments will be provided along with musical entertainment by the Music Legacy project – the Pigtown Fling. Limerick Civic Trust brings to you ‘That’s Limerick City,’ a pop-up people’s museum. Housed in the historic venue of the Milk Market we will be surrounding visitors and stallholders with images and words that try to answer the question “What is Limerick city’s culture?” Limerick citizens have kindly loaned and donated objects in addition to audio and visual imagery to go on display in the Market House and images for the walls of the courtyard. All walks of life mingle and trade under the big top, what better place to show the vibrancy, history and characters of our city. As part of our education programme all our talks, workshops and tours will be free creating an open space for debate and dialogue around the different ways we can display history.


Hospital Shop Window Festival (HSWF) will be launched on Culture Night and run until Friday September 26, 2014. The Festival takes place on the main street of Hospital, Co. Limerick and utilises dormant and functional shop premises as showcases for visual arts with the aim of bringing art and culture to the street, allowing free and unrestricted access for all. This is a new and exciting addition to Limerick’s programme of arts festivals.


Macnas present Rumpus! Macnas bring their wonderful blend of peformance and street theatre to Limerick. Under the light of the moon a mistress and her merry wanderers spring along. Music, mayhem and frivolity fill the air. Part procession and part performance and part visual installation; Macnas bring a daring dash of the unpredictable to Limerick’s streets for Culture Night.


The Royal Picture Show, will host a free Culture Night film screening at 69 O’Connell Street, and will also launch a film exhibition. As part of the Royal Cinema Project, the Royal Picture Show is a 4 day film festival (Thurs 18th – Sun 21st Sept.) of the best Irish & World cinema, including short films, a film for Culture Night, a tribute to Co. Limerick actor Madeleine Carroll, and much more.


A Country House Writers Weekend will host a Culture Night Fireside Reading at 6pm at Inchirourke, Askeaton, Co. Limerick, as part of their creative writing weekend, the perfect opportunity to visit this historic country house and enjoy a special literary reading in an elegant atmosphere.


The Lime Tree Theatre will host a free concert No Regrets – the Music of Édith Piaf by Jeannette Byrne. Jeanette is a wonderful interpreter of Piaf’s work and will perform such classics as ‘La Vie en Rose’ and ‘Je ne regrette rien’ as a tribute to the music and legacy of Édith Piaf. This concert is a thank you from Lime Tree Theate to their customers for their continued support and patronage during the year and also a welcome to new audiences.

culture night limerick print makers Bike Printing 3Limerick Printmakers want you all to join their art house party in their new home in 3 Johns Square from 5pm – 9.30pm – Try your hand at printing methods including linocut, monoprint, woodblock & silkscreen. Get your face painted & your hands dirty – after all, the walls of their new home aren’t going to decorate themselves! Don’t forget to look out for the amazing Limerick Printmakers bike around town & in Johns Square throughout the night! They will also have a Limerick Printmakers team printing in The Hunt Museum. All activities are free & all ages are more than welcome.  Look out for our bright red door & come join the printmaking party!


For further information on Culture Night events check out their website here!

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.