Culture Night Limerick 2012

Culture Night Limerick 2012
What will you see!
Friday, September 21st 2012

PRESS RELEASE- Monday, September 10th 2012

Its that time of year again, CULTURE NIGHT 2012, Limerick and the nations chance to experience the city through culture as venues around the city and county throw open their doors to the public for FREE with events for all the family starting at 5pm celebrating Limerick’s rich arts and cultural life.

Museums, galleries, theatres, castles and other venues throughout the city will host free cultural events for members of the public to enjoy late into the evening of Friday, September 21st .
For the first time County Limerick’s arts and cultural organisations will also participate in Culture Night and open their doors until late on September 21st with 20 free events, tours, talks and performances for members of the public of all ages to enjoy.
Highlights from this year’s programme include art exhibitions, traditional Irish music and dance sessions, walking tours and arts and crafts workshops at various locations such as Foynes, Newcastle West, Templeglantine, Castleconnell, Kilmallock, Lough Gur and Kilmallock, Knockainey, Mungret, Rathkeale and Askeaton.

This is the 5th year Limerick city is participating in this national event and this year’s programme includes two free concerts on the night, The National Chamber Choir of Ireland will present a spectacular concert conducted by David Hill at the historically beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral at 8pm followed later at the recently renovated Belltable Arts Centre by the acclaimed singer Honor Heffernan who's versatility and superior vocal ability means she is comfortable singing anything from Jazz and Blues to Rock and Folk, 9.30pm.


Walks of the old Walls of Limerick at King John’s Castle start at 5pm and take approximately one and a half to two hours.
The Hunt Museum, and King John’s Castle will all open free to the public until 8pm
There will be traditional Irish music at Conradh na Gaeilge in Thomas Street from 5pm-10pm and of course the traditional "cupán tae" will be provided and you are invited to participate with a song, dance or performance of your own
Hear Limerick’s finest young voices in a popular programme of opera favourites at the Hunt Museum
At Limerick Printmakers, get the whole family inky with the Big City Block Printing project
Lots to see and do for free at The Hunt Museum, including craft workshops, guided tours and art demonstrations by The Limerick Art Society, celebrating their 70th anniversary
Hear and see the fiction flashers who will be dashing around the city as part of a Flash Fiction Dash, presented by Limerick Writers’ Centre
Speak to artists in their studios in Contact Studios, Wickham street studios and Faber Studios
Be part of a drop in film set to get a tiny taste of filmmaking, hosted by Fresh Film Festival
An open discussion on the history of Urban Art with artist Cool C at Limerick School of Art & Design
Orchard Theatre Company present Terminus, a collaborative piece that encompasses three genres of performance - contemporary dance, clown and live music
Jazz up the night with a free concert in The Belltable Arts Centre with special guest Honor Heffernan at 10pm
Or if Jazz is not your thing, The National Chamber Choir of Ireland will present a spectacular concert conducted by David Hill at the historically beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral at 8pm
The 6th Annual Polish Art Festival will be in full swing with an exhibition of paintings and photography by contemporary Polish artists at the Hunt Musuem
Also as part of the Polish Art Festival, the poet Tomasz Wybranowski will read from his new book Night Vigil
Limerick City Gallery of Art will present Hall of Mirrors, an exhibition that offers a deeply engaging, enjoyable, educational, exploratory, aesthetic experience to art lovers, science lovers, families, schools, and everybody else. The exhibition is created by an international team of artists and scientists and discovery trails will be free on the night
Jazz and Funk band Tongue Bundle is a five-piece band based in Dublin, who have recently finished recording and producing their debut E.P “Salty Language”. They will perform at Limerick City Gallery of Art throughout the evening
You can drop-in to art workshops at Limerick City Gallery of Art, where collage materials will be used to recreate Charles Harper’s painting, Living Units
The Hunt Museum, will also host arts and craft workshops, on the hour, every hour from 5pm, collect a free ticket on arrival
Chain Mail Workshops will take place in Raggle Taggle, where the artist Derrick O’Sullivan will guide visitors through the process of fashioning wire into interlocking loops. The tools and materials will be on hand.
Ormston House, one of Limerick’s pop-up galleries under the Creative Limerick initiative will host talks, performances and exhibitions with contemporary living artists
The Frank McCourt Museum will have guided tours of where Frank and his brothers received their early education in Leamy School in Hartstonge Street,
and while you are there, why not try your hand at Memoir Writing, facilitated by Sheila Quealey from The Limerick Writers’ Centre from 6pm onwards.
There are several walking tours on the night including Art For Art’s Sake Walking Tour, start point Limerick City Gallery of Art at 6.15pm will take you on a walking tour around the city of all the contemporary visual art galleries and studios
Under Your Feet, A short history of Limerick City focused on the boot scrapers and coal hole covers of The Georgian City, guided by local architect. Morgan Flynn (meet at Brown Thomas at 5.30pm)
Limerick Civic Turst will also be providing free walking tours of the Medieval English Town or The People’s Park

This is a sample of what Limerick has to offer on Culture Night. Limerick City is an extraordinary place. In terms of international comparison it is a City with a small population, yet a City with a range of cultural organisations and facilities that would not be out of place should the City be ten times more populous. And yet in some regards Limerick is an enigma. Somehow, the sum of its parts do not add up to the whole. In 2014, Limerick will hold the first designation of City of Culture in Ireland in recognition that Culture has the power to change and act as a catalyst to bring the City together so that, the sum of its parts will be greater than the whole.

Be part of Culture Night – start the momentum for City of Culture 2014 by coming out and supporting Culture Night on Friday 21st of September 2012

Culture Night was first launched in Dublin in 2006 by Temple Bar Cultural Trust. The aim was to organise an event that would provide a new and imaginative way for people of all ages and from all backgrounds to access and enjoy the rich cultural offering of the country’s cultural venues.  

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Limerick City Council

For further information, please contact Sheila Deegan, at the City Arts Office on 061-407421 / 407363 or visit

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Culture Night Limerick 2012

Last update:11/09/2012