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Salon Du Chat at Elemental Arts Festival


Fresh from their success at Electric Picnic 2014 Salon du Chat is back in Limerick with a new talk menu for Elemental Arts Festival on Friday 12th September at 7pm in Canteen, Mallow Street.

Adding a touch of theatre and the surreal to the art of conversation, Salon du Chat is an arts project with a twist. Recreating the atmosphere of Bohemian Paris, with a knowing nod to online chat rooms, Salon du Chat is a shrine to the art of good conversation.

Relax with a welcoming glass of bubbly as you browse the Conversation Menu. Then a friendly chat hostess will seat you at a table with a mix of friends and strangers and help you to spark up the conversation. Like any meal the starters will get the palate warmed up, while mains are for meatier matters and dessert could get risqué…

Salon du Chat has just returned from Electric Picnic in Stradbally where it ran on three days in the Mindfield Arena. The picnickers got stuck into some tasty conversations, disagreements and enthusiastic rants. Amongst the most popular topics at Electric Picnic were ‘What the Frack?’, ‘Give Me a Reason to Love You’, and ‘Online Sharing is Caring’.

The Salon cooks are creating a new menu just for Elemental, expect to find an eclectic mix of pop culture, politics, music, sport, word play and the whimsical.

Salon du Chat is supported by Limerick City of Culture 2014..


Originally conceived by Limerick residents Roisin Buckley, Gillian Jonker, Jennifer Moroney Ward and Conor Buckley, as part of a Daghdha Dance Company project, Salon du Chat has gone on to be programmed annually by Electric Picnic. Now thanks to Limerick City of Culture 2014 funding Salon du Chat returns to Limerick with four events programmed over the course of the year.


Elemental, now in its third year, has created a diverse programme, covering visual art, ‘forgotten skills’, dance, theatre, eco-workshops, spoken word and walking tours, to name a few. Taking place at locations throughout the city from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th, Elemental is all about accessibility, innovation and participation. Jennifer Allen, of Elemental said; “We are very eager that all age groups can find something engaging in the programme, where you come away having learned something new, or you see something in a new light. All while having fun, of course!” The full programme is available at locations citywide or online at


Find more on Elemental Art Festival 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 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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