Féile Luimní to celebrate 70 years in 2016

One of Limerick’s cultural institutions, Féile Luimní, will celebrate 70 years of existence next year.

Having made a massive contribution to the social and artistic life of Limerick city and county, the organisation will mark the milestone with a series of competitions, a concert and by awarding special 70th anniversary Bursaries of Excellence, it was announced at the official launch this Tuesday.

IMG_1045I remember competing in Speech & Drama in primary school and it was a brilliant experience (our class group won a cup). Also, our very own Limerick Arts Officer, Sheila Deegan, has some Féile bronze medals for Irish dancing. It’s a real highlight for lots of primary school kids as well as musicians and trained singers.

The competition will be held in the first three months of the year—beginning in January with the Speech & Drama (Senior section, 20-24 January & Junior section, 29 January-3 February). The instrumental section will run 4-7 February. Applications are now closed for these competitions. The vocal competition will run 4-6 March (closing date for entries: 9 January) and March 2016 will also see the annual Roinn na Gaeilge Festival—which places a big emphasis on making our native language as accessible as possible.

The venue for all events is The Redemptorist Centre of Music.

The committee is “appealing for schools and teachers to encourage students to attend and, where already entered, to participate, so as expose them to the joy of the sense of achievement and the self confidence that public performance brings”.

The Prize Winners Concert will take place on 9 April in the wonderfully atmospheric setting of the ancient, St Mary’s Cathedral. This will feature winners from Féile Luimní 2016, and will be a real night of celebration. The top prize winners in many categories of performance, along with the winners of the 70th Anniversary Awards of Excellence will perform on the night.

The 70th Anniversary Awards of Excellence feature a €1,000 vocal bursary, which is awarded to the competitor who excels across the four genres of: Opera, Oratorio, German Lieder and Art Songs. There is also an Instrumental Recital Award of Excellence of €750 for over 18s. There are also 70th Anniversary Awards of Excellence for Speech and Drama; the Joe O’Connor Perpetual Cup and a bursary of €750 will go to the Most Outstanding Senior Performer and bursaries of €200 will also be awarded to the two Most outstanding Junior Performers (male and female).

Anyone that would like to assist in helping to organise any of the events or who can contribute in any way to Féile Luimní is asked to contact the committee.

Secretary Mary Scanlan can be reached on 087-2208616 or alternatively, email: feileluimni@gmail.com.

For more information, see www.feileluimni.com.

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