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LASTA 2021 Festival will be running from Friday June 11th to Sunday, June 20th and is a national arts programme by young people for young people. LASTA 2021 Festival will be running from Friday June 11th to Sunday, June 20th and is a national arts programme by young people for young people.

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Lime Tree Theatre presents LASTA 2021 Festival – a national arts programme by young people for young people

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LASTA 2021 Festival will be running from Friday June 11th to Sunday, June 20th and is a national arts programme by young people for young people.

Lime Tree Theatre presents LASTA 2021 Festival – a national arts programme by young people for young people

Lime Tree Theatre presents LASTA 2021 Festival from Friday June 11th to Sunday, June 20th , this a national arts programme by young people for young people.

Lime Tree Theatre and 7 other venues from around the country are all collaborating with 21 young curators to present a new, fresh and exciting programme for young people.

From all corners of Ireland this is the biggest collaborative arts festival taking place in venues across the country from Tralee to Limerick, Ennis to Galway, Portlaoise to Longford and Dún Laoghaire to Letterkenny.

In a new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators were engaged by the NASC venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.  Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people have worked collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

The Curators have delivered a unique and diverse programme of events to take place within the 10-day festival featuring theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, spoken word along with innovative site specific and multi-disciplinary events.

Highlights of the festival include: AfroPopCity, a Limerick based Afrobeat and Hip-Hop Collective; Silent, Pat Kinevane’s Olivier Award-winning play; Drifting, a short film set in a small midlands town, starring Paul Mescal and Dafhyd Flynn; What Moves You, featuring Snowflake-author Louise Nealon in conversation with movement artist Douglas Reddan; actor and writer Owen Colgan star of the hit show The Hardy Bucks, brings you The Dance of Life a collection of videos; Indie rock group NewDad; singer song-writer Aoife Meade who will entertain audiences with her jazzy tones and Irish and international traditional star Lisa Canny.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project will showcase the breadth of creativity of our future arts programmers and producers. This promises to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible, and exciting festival of events. Booking is now open with many events free to attend.

For more information on Lasta 2021 festival go HERE 

For more stories on Lasta 2021 go HERE 

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 ilovelimerick.com 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.

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