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Salon du Chat in Limerick Spring 2016

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Conversation installation Salon du Chat takes place in Ormston House on Thursday 21 April as part of The Limerick Spring 2016 Festival of Politics and Ideas. Supported by the Limerick2020 bid the newly designed Salon du Chat menu has a distinctly cultural flavour.

An arts project that encourages participants to have curated conversations in a relaxed and informal environment Salon du Chat is the brainchild of Limerick creatives Jennifer Moroney Ward, Róisín Buckley, Conor Buckley and Gillian Jonker. Participants are invited to take a seat, a coffee and a snack and are given a menu of conversation topics. They are then encouraged to select some topics and to take part in conversations with friends and strangers in a structured but relaxed environment.

With a tag line ‘chat without the chit’ the aim of Salon du Chat is to create a space where people can talk about the things that really matter to them.

Salon du Chat creator Róisín Buckley says:

“Salon du Chat is like speed debating, where people can interact, debate, discuss and converse. We create a new menu for every event we do and the topics of conversation are relevant to life in the moment in Limerick, such as culture, politics, environment, education, health, technology and so on. We want people to enjoy engaging quality conversation without getting bogged down in chit chat”

Like any good menu Salon du Chat offers a selection of starters, mains and desserts. The starters are light and a good way to ease your way into the conversation, the mains are more serious topics, while the desserts are fun and playful. Examples of starters are ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ and ‘1916 Fatigues’, while the mains includes ‘The State of Us’ and ‘Click Bait: Journalism in Crisis’, and amongst the desserts are ‘Plenty of Fish’ and ‘Culture in the City’.

Salon du Chat is a free event and takes place on Thursday 21 April in Ormston House, Patrick Street, Limerick from 8pm – 10pm. The menu created for this Salon du Chat reflects the themes of Limerick Spring and Limerick2020.

Salon du Chat has been supported by Limerick2020, Piquant Media and LCETB.

For further details on Salon du Chat at the Limerick Spring Festival 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 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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