What do the River Shannon and Limerick City of Culture have in common? They're both in full flow. Here, we cherry-pick the events you won’t want to miss from June to September.
Still Current (27 May): Dancers of international renown, a choreographer who trained at the Royal Ballet, and a lighting designer worth his weight in awards: this is dancing as art. Music wise, expect new scores and Eric Satie works while the dancing will consist of new
Culture and Chips (29 May – 2 June): A celebration of the humble chip in a 1920s Spiegletent is the type of festival that doesn’t come along too often. Expect music from Jerry Fish and the Electric Slideshow and a Culinary Carnival and Banquet where locally sourced grub is matched with craft beers and wines. Yum.
Carmen (28 & 29 May ): Among the most celebrated operas in history, Bizet’s Carmen is played by the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Ballet under cover of the city’s eclectic heart, The Milk Market.
Limerick Sings (30 May – 1 June): The voices of countless choirs will assemble to make very beautiful music in, among other venues, the vaulted beauty of St Mary’s Cathedral. An evening BBQ at the University of Limerick will end things in style.
Eva International (12 April – 6 July): If you like your art with a side-order of political edge, you’ll love this. Titled ‘Agitationism’ the show features works by 55 Irish and international artists selected from proposals in a whopping 96 countries.
Bianco (14-22 June): Forget all you know about the circus: NoFit State Circus have changed everything. Presented under the vaulted folds of a big top tent, the BIANCO show is an explosion of circus skills. Think swinging trapeze, cloudswing, aerial straps and all sorts of eye-watering acrobatics.
A Bill Whelan Gala Celebration (21 June): Question: What do you get when you cross a Riverdance composer, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Limerick’s University Concert Hall? Answer: a night of musical memories that will last you a lifetime.
Sense and Sensibility (20 July): Thanks to the timeless genius of Jane Austen and the folks at Chapter House Theatre company, you have the chance to witness something unique: a performance of Sense and Sensibility in an 800-year-old castle (King John’s).
The Elemental Arts and Culture Festival (12-14 September): If you’re missing the imagination you had as a child, here’s where to find it again. Elemental’s otherworldly creations are delightfully dream-like and will be coming to you throughout Limerick city via the mediums of visual art, dance, theatre, literature and more.
Culture Night (19 September): Museums, galleries, historic houses and many more cultural curiosities open their doors after hours and into the night for one night only. Expect free entry, a surprise or two and an entirely different way of seeing a city.
Limerick Jazz Festival (25-28 September): Limerick, they say, is a lady. And she likes music. Limerick Jazz Festival is a smoothly seductive musical moment during the year of culture that pops up in venues all over the city thanks to the Limerick Jazz Society.
New to Limerick city? Here’s what you’ve been missing, and you can get a taste of summer in the city right here.
Rugby fan? The World Club Rugby 7s will be rolling into the city this 9-10 August and the Munster stadium, Thomond Park, will be a venue.