This two day conference and performance event intends to draw attention to some of the issues facing the arts in Limerick. The organisers say: “On the eve of Limerick’s designation as the first Irish National City of Culture, it is fitting that public discussion take place between artists and decision makers.”
Guest speakers will be drawn from national and international arts organisations and will include Patrick Gyger, Director of Le Lieu Unique in Nantes (a groundbreaking contemporary arts centre in France) and Limerick born Kevin Wallace, an international theatre producer based in the West End.
Dr Stephen Kinsella from the Kemmy Business School in UL; Dr Niamh Nic Gabhann, Director of the new MA in Festive Arts at UL, Karl Wallace, Artistic Director, City of Culture; Dr Bernadette Quinn, DIT and Sheila Deegan, City Arts Officer and Gavin Kostick, Literary Manager of Fishamble Theatre Company are also amongst the contributors. The topics are delightfully varied (a more detailed programme is below the post). There will also be an informal Cultural Café on both days where there will be an opportunity for attendees to meet contributors and organisers.
Admission to the conference is free to students and unwaged. Donations of €10 per day are sought from other attendees. Tickets to The Limerick Experiment evening performance are available to book separately (see details below).
Advance registration for the conference is essential and further details may be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six Short Pieces for Limerick
On the evening of Day 1 of the conference, artists from The Limerick Experiment will showcase a number of devised performance and interdisciplinary works. The 15 artists from different disciplines have come together and, with the facilitation of Gavin Kostick, have created a number of short performances. These works are the outcome of monthly workshops and rehearsals.
The group includes actors, writers, film makers, musicians, visual artists and directors: Ann Blake, Marie Boylan, Mike Finn, Emma Fisher, Kevin Kiely, Maeve McGrath, MagsO’Donoghue, Joan Sheehy, Jo Slade, Monica Spencer, Ciarda Tobin, Shane Whisker and Damien Wilson. The wide range of sources for inspiration include the Shannon, list making, a barber’s chair, conversations over tea and Limerick’s Red Light District…a scattering of topics that will surely make for interesting results!
Tickets for the performances are €10 and are available from the Lime Tree Theatre Box Office on 061-774774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie/limerickartsencounter.
As part of The Limerick Experiment one of the events will be performed earlier in the evening as the performance takes place outside. Tickets are free but limited and must be booked in advance from: red-square-lmk.eventbrite.ie. Red Square involves an audio download (to be made in advance) and there will be two performances at 7pm and 7:20pm.