Open House Limerick 2021 Events launch the OHL2021 weekend festival programme. Pictured at the Curraghgour Boatclub was Liam O Donoghue from Limerick city. Picture: Oisin McHugh/ True Media.
Celebrating Limerick’s 10th Festival of Architecture October 29 to 31
Open House Limerick have launched the OHL2021 weekend festival programme with many events ready for you to explore framed on this year’s theme, ‘Architecture is Reconnecting’.
Established as the Mid-West’s largest annual architecture event, this year’s programme has a wide range of intergenerational blended events in Limerick City and County drawing on strands from heritage, modernism and public life.
‘Architecture is Reconnecting’ is the theme for 2021, which is the tenth year of the festival, with a fantastic programme of events scheduled that will inspire, enthuse, provoke and entertain. The concept will not only display Limerick’s architectural talent but also engages with the public to discuss how architects and communities can work together to find new ways to reconnect. This is at a time when Limerick is embracing an open-minded approach to placemaking and architecture post-pandemic.
COVID-19 has forced many of us to reconsider the way we think of our homes, neighbourhoods, villages, towns and city. New restrictions and lockdowns have altered how we engage with our surroundings – reconnecting and rediscovering our back gardens, balconies, local parks, streetscapes, riversides and buildings. This year, Open House Limerick will celebrate reconnecting to the resilience of architecture and urbanism within Limerick by introducing a hybrid programme of events including films, self-guided walks, outdoor guided tours and family activities. The festival, organised by a voluntary committee, is presented by architects, designers, academics, artists and many others for the general public to enjoy, all for free.
Open House Limerick has a simple mission: to provide access to our architectural heritage that is normally closed to the general public. In addition to architectural tours, visitors to Open House Limerick can also attend some of the free evening events and talks for a different view into architecture.
Austin Dennany (Chair, OHL) said:
“The committee is delighted to welcome all members of the public to this extensive festival of architecture in Limerick this October, all free of charge. Our ‘Reconnected’ theme has inspired hundreds of participants – from small architecture practices to major cultural institutions – to create a fantastic and varied programme. There really is something for everyone. Open House Limerick not only demonstrates Limerick’s architectural talent and opens up buildings for all to visit, but also presents how architects and communities can work together to reconnect to our heritage, open space, buildings and public life.”
Open House Limerick Bake-Off Building Reveal!!!!
Today's the day – we're unveiling the two 20th Century Limerick buildings we would like you to re-create in cake form! pic.twitter.com/WEfjM4RESJ
— OpenHouseLimerick (@OHLimerick) October 16, 2021
‘Reconnecting’ is fundamental to how people experience their environment, and Limerick City and County is a great example of how quickly society can pivot in response to the pandemic. This year’s festival will celebrate these creations through guided building tours, public talks, discussions, short films, public exhibitions, walking tours and family workshops based around 3 key themes:
- Reconnecting to Heritage: Architecture of well-known Limerick landmarks and hidden corners. Highlights include: ‘Tait Trail’ film, ‘Distinguished Villas’ self-guided walking tour, Kings Island walking tours, and ‘The Cellars of the City – Time and Terrain’ film.
- Reconnecting to Modernism: Celebrating and reconnecting to Limerick’s Modernist legacy. Highlights include: Architectural Cycle tour, ‘A Conversation with the City’ film, Modernist Treasure Hunt family event, ‘Modernism at the Movies’ film screening which celebrates the work of the late Paddy Cahill and ‘Architectural Bake-Off’ a virtual baking competition.
- Reconnecting to Public Life: Showcasing architecture and urbanism that can improve the quality of life, address climate change and enhance social interaction, supporting Ireland’s civic infrastructure and shaping our collective memories. Highlights include: A Pavilion for Limerick, Community Engagement in Towns Webinar, ‘Where Land Meets Sea’ self-guided walking tour and ‘Sketch Out’ drawing workshop.
Pre-booking is essential for all events as there is limited capacity.
Tickets on sale now for Open House Limerick 2021 Events HERE
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