Culture Night 2011

It’s that time of year again. Culture Night is on all over the country tomorrow (September 23). It was first organised in Dublin by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust but not to be outdone by the Dubs, for the past few years it has spread beyond the Pale.

In Limerick, it will run from 5 to 10pm and offers free entry into museums, galleries and arts events all over the city and county. It’s an incentive to go and see things all in aid of broadening your cultural horizons.

Some of the things on include (all for a recession proof ‘free’):

Walking tours of the walls of Limerick from 5-8.30pm.

Limerick Tango (Thomas Street) offer a free hour-long introduction to Argentine Tango. A session will go ahead at 7pm and another at 8.30pm with a maximum of eight couples per session. Bookings on 085 1434479.

Life-drawing classes at UL in the Foundation Building and guided tours of the UL art collection.

Entry into King John’s Castle (5-8pm); the Thomond Park Museum (5-8pm); Munster Masonic Centre; the Georgian House and Gardens; Limerick City Museum; all artists’ studios available to see late into the evening i.e. Faber Studios, Occupy Space, Contact Studios.

There will be children’s workshops in Limerick City Library, the Hunt Museum and Limerick Printmakers (Printmakers at 5a Sarsfield Street: 6-8pm Kids tote bag
silkscreen printing and 8.30-10pm Adults tote bag silkscreen printing).

There will be a free memoir writing workshop at Limerick Writers Centre (based at the Frank McCourt Museum in Hartstonge Street, which you can also see on the night).

The Limerick School of Art & Design is staging an exhibition.

There will also be music performances at the City Library, LCGA, The Hunt Museum and Conradh na Gaeilge.

The SpiritStore Art Project boards a double decker bus with their Poetry Depot (a pop-up poetry shop). “A place where poets compose personalised poems for you on the spot, based on topics, themes or forms suggested by you. Inkstorm poets will compose poems for you as you circle Limerick’s cultural landscape, hop-on hop-off, then end your tour with a poem in your hand

From 6-9pm, Limerick Youth Theatre will show an audio visual installation, displaying video footage of recent productions, combined with photographic images documenting their activities with local youth in the field of theatre and performance. The public will be able to talk on a one to one basis with members and management/facilitation staff in the LYT offices at 73 O’Connell Street. In conjunction with LYT, Orchard Theatre Company will stage four performances of the Michael Chekhov short The Proposal in the studio space for maximum audience capacity of 20 people at each performance.

The Belltable have a few events for the evening including a reading by Peter and Natasha Murtagh from their new book Buen Camino at 5pm; a film screening of The Way with Martin Sheen at 6pm and live music by Karen Underwood and jazz band at 8.30pm.

The Limerick City Gallery of Art have quite a lot going on too. On Culture Night, it will open the doors of three venues to mark the end of the off-site programme. They are: Istabraq Hall (at City Hall), Ormston House (9-10 Patrick Street) and the Carnegie Building (Pery Square).

At the Carnegie Building at 5pm and 6pm, there will be a lively Sing Out, led by musical director Liz Powell from the Association of Irish Choirs. In just 40 minutes you will learn some songs from scratch, learn some vocal and physical warm-ups and vocal techniques. Anyone interested can just show up.

At Istabraq Hall at 6pm, you can go for a curatorial tour of Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions, curated by Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes. The exhibition features work by twenty artists and artists groups.
Ormston House opens from 5pm for a ‘house-warming celebration’ from 5-10pm and enjoy a guided tour of the current exhibition with our friendly staff from 7pm. Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions presents work by a host of international artists who are influenced by writers such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien.

Especially interesting is the sneak preview of the Carnegie Building at 8pm. This is ahead of the grand opening of the newly extended and renovated Limerick City Gallery of Art. The architect John A. O’Reilly and the project architect Hugh Murray will be available to show and tell people about the new development and how it compliments the extension that is now known as the South Gallery that opened in 1999. Since May 2010, a Phase II Development, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through the Access II scheme, has provided a large scale redevelopment of LCGA, adding three extensions to the historic structure, in order to upgrade facilities for the visiting public and staff.

It seems like Limerick has lots going on for Culture Night. The Arts Office and all the organisations involved have made a serious effort, and will continue to do so tomorrow, so here’s hoping for a big turn-out.

More information is available on the website.

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