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Future Limerick launch - Pictured are Hildegard Ryan, left, and Eva O’Connor, right, from Sunday’s Child Theatre Company along with performers Jean O’Donoghue and Elaine O’Dwyer. Picture: Diarmuid Greene Future Limerick launch - Pictured are Hildegard Ryan, left, and Eva O’Connor, right, from Sunday’s Child Theatre Company along with performers Jean O’Donoghue and Elaine O’Dwyer. Picture: Diarmuid Greene

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New multidisciplinary climate arts festival FUTURE LIMERICK runs May 16 – 22

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Future Limerick launch – Pictured are Hildegard Ryan, left, and Eva O’Connor, right, from Sunday’s Child Theatre Company along with performers Jean O’Donoghue and Elaine O’Dwyer. Picture: Diarmuid Greene.

Sunday’s Child Theatre in association with Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable host an exciting new multidisciplinary climate arts festival in Limerick this May.

Future Limerick - Hildegard Ryan, Louise Donlon, Lime Tree Theatre and Eva O’Connor at the launch. Picture: Ava O'Donoghue/ilovelimerick
Hildegard Ryan, Louise Donlon, Lime Tree Theatre and Eva O’Connor at the launch. Picture: Ava O’Donoghue/ilovelimerick.

Sunday’s Child Theatre in association with Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable host an exciting new multidisciplinary climate arts festival in Limerick this May.

FUTURE LIMERICK: Climate Arts Festival, a week-long festival commences on Monday, 16th May and is run over various central locations including Lime Tree Theatre, Belltable, Dolan’s, People’s Park and will also include an immersive walking tour along the river Shannon.

The ambition for this inaugural festival is to use art and creativity to engage the wider Limerick community on the issues of sustainability and climate change, and to spark debate about what a low-carbon future could look like. 

It will feature acclaimed play Afloat by Sunday’s Child Theatre as well as a host of cultural events including; outdoor aerial performances by Fidget Feet in the People’s Park, bilingual spoken word night REIC, a night of live music in Dolans, a discussion evening with Manchán Magan and Limerick activist Saoirse Exton, stand-up comedy with Colm O’Regan, and an immersive walking performance of RISING by Brokentalkers along the river Shannon The festival will also feature the award-winning documentary RIVER. For younger audiences, the festival is hosting a free Family Fun Day in People’s Park and Music Network returns with extravaganza Wires, Strings & Other Things. The festival will also engage with the wider community through art installations, poetry workshops in schools, a short story competition and a Scratch Night showcasing new writing from Limerick’s theatre talent. 

FUTURE LIMERICK: Climate Arts Festival is one of just five arts projects across Ireland selected to receive funding from the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund. Delivered in partnership with Business to Arts, the fund was established to support artists and arts organisations working on creative projects engaging their local communities around sustainability, climate change and the transition to a net-zero future.

At the launch Hildegard Ryan from Sunday’s Child Theatre Company said the project grew from their belief that the arts can play a crucial role in helping people envisage a more sustainable future in Limerick. “As the climate crisis escalates it’s easy to get bogged down in feelings of hopelessness. FUTURE LIMERICK will be an antidote to this, focusing on hope and creativity. Our festival will be engaging and entertaining way to imagine a brighter future and engage on the climate issues that matter most to the Limerick community.”  

Louise Donlon, Director at Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable added that the festival will help inspire positive action; “Addressing the challenges we face through the medium of the arts will help to frame them in a way that makes them seem less daunting, and we hope this festival will inspire new & creative ideas for a local-led response to climate change.”

Fidget Feet and Future Limerick: Climate Arts Festival take over People’s Park for a day of sustainable, climate themed entertainment. Live performers, children’s activities and fun for all the family. With incredible aerial performances, food stalls and craft sellers, there will be something for everyone amidst the beauty of People Park. Featuring Limerick’s award winning Fidget Feet. Performing at 12pm, 1.10pm and 2pm on Saturday, May 21st. FREE EVENT.

Speaking at the launch, Grace Kelly, ESB Creative Experiences Manager said “Sunday’s Child and Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable have curated a wonderful programme of multi-disciplinary arts events that will creatively engage communities across Limerick and kick start conversations about what a sustainable “Future Limerick” might be.”

Festival will run from May 16th – 22nd  2022, tickets for all events available HERE or by calling the box office on 061 – 953 400.

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Pictures: Ava O’Donoghue/ilovelimerick

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