TOMCAT STREET FESTIVAL 2014
Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June – Thomas Street & Catherine Street
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See Thomas St and Catherine St come to life in a way never before seen on the pedestrian streets of Limerick!
You will NOT want to miss the magic and mystery that’s going to explode upon the streets this weekend, and every event is free. That’s right, FREE!
Have you ever wanted to wander around a giant garden like a tiny Alice in Wonderland? Ever thought what would happen if a strange wonderful creature was to quite literally come out of the woodwork? Have you ever wanted to see a flashmob in action live and in person? You wanna see Limerick’s Roller Girls in action? Or a little oasis of nature being cultivated in one of the busiest areas in the city?
Well if the answer to any of these is a resounding ‘YES!’, the the TomCat Bank Holiday Weekend Festival is made for you and all your family. All ages are catered for, with events like magic and science tricks happening in the morning, to the giant living garden in the afternoon, to special down-time for all the grown-up folk at night time with a cacophony of our finest DJ’s and musicans helling to continue the magic into the wee small hours. Every pub will have something special going on in the evening, so you won’t be disappointed no matter where on Thomas St or Catherine St you choose to go.
TomCat is also more than a little excited to announce that on Sunday June 1st, you’ve got a double treat and it’ll cost you NOTHING to get in. The musical dreadlocked genius that is Duke Special will be performing in The Blind Pig on Upper Thomas St, one of the fastest-growing popular pubs in the city by far. Not only that, but one of the coolest DJs around, DJ Norman Jay, is playing a set in Mickey Martins the very same night. Mickey’s is one of Limerick’s best-loved pubs for DJ sets and general chilled party vibes that evening. So much fun going around, and all within a few yards walking distance and no cover charge! I know where I’m going to be this weekend – do you?
So many free events, so little time. Trust us, this festival is young in years but will fast become one of Limerick’s most favourite annual June Bank Holiday events. Don’t you want to the the one who says in a few years that you were there when it all started? Get those dates into your calendars folks, and get ready for one of the most fun, visually stimulating weekends you’re ever going to have in your home town.
TomCat – Proud To Be From Limerick.
Friday 30th May
5.30pm: Opening of festival – Join us for a wine and cheese reception in the beautiful Anne Street garden to officially open the festivies with a range of delicious finger foods from the local cafes and restaurants.
7pm: Walkabout history tour – Hosted by Sharon Slater discussing the unique and slightly dark history of our little neighbourhood. Sharon has indept knowledge of the area and this promises to be a curiosity raising time.
8pm: Sign workshop – Tom Collins will invite the public into his workshop to view traditional signage techniques. You will also be able to see the ever changing face of the Tomcat area with Tom’s local knowledge at your disposal.
Saturday 31st May
There are so many small events planned we aim to create a busy feel to the area, a real festival atmosphere. To aid us in this we have a wide range of street d.cor hired from Bui Bolg such as oversized benches and deck chairs, giant flowers and many other items to give a real impact on the street. This will provide a fantastic backdrop for the events we have running throughout the day.
- A grand piano donated by Kleisers to be placed in the foyer of Brown Thomas
- The Roller Derby Girls will be skating around adding to the carnival atmosphere and directing people to differnet happenings.
- Still life art classes, lectures on curiosities, garden parties and much much more.
- The choral festival is also taking place this weekend and we hope to have a number of the choirs perform on the street.
- Mad Hatters Tea Party: Hosted on the corner of Thomas Street and Foxes Bow this vintage tea party brings life and colour to the area. Our stilt walking Mad Hatter together with the Queen of Hearts and her card soldiers will walk a procession from the Milk Market to the Tomcat area.
- Busking: To add to the carnival atmosphere we have a troupe of dedicated and vetted buskers spread throughout the area and three pianists playing all afternoon.
- Focal point: On lower Thomas Street we intend to drop a very large wooden crate early in the morning. This abnormal structure will add to people’s curiosity as to why it’s there and what’s inside. At 2 pm we will inflate the contents of the crate to reveal 6 m high tentacles towering above the street. With the natural gradient on Thomas Street this spectacle cannot be missed. A mass of people will gather together to view a small troupe of ballet dancers perform in costume.
- Flash mob: To take full advantage of the mass gathering of people (approx. 2000) we have a flash mob curated by Ras Mikey, who choreographed the recent Shannon Airport flash mob, that will involve close to 60 people.
- Throughout the day we will also have local jugglers, fire breather’s, clowns and actors engaging with people on the street to encourage them to get into the festival humour.
- We also have the limerick printmakers hand screen printing t-shirts which will be for sale outside Paddy Frawleys on Thomas Street
- There will also be an acrobat preforming within a large inflatable brown bottle and a host of quirky events.
- Theatre: From 3pm to 6 pm we will use the new garden on the corner of Anne Street and Thomas Street to perform a series of short plays. With the help of local groups the wild flower garden with seating made from the trees that fell in People’s Park during the winter storms will provide a perfect location for an engaging space
- To end the days activities each of the pubs in the Tomcat area have organised top-line entertainment across a broad variety of styles to cover every kind of taste.
Sunday 1st June
On Sunday we will have a small series of events that include two performances from Drum Circle Ireland, open air tango and a small food expo on the street.
To see stories about the Festival in past years go HERE.