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New Electronic Arts Festival to attract 20,000 people to Limerick in 2020

A brand-new electronic arts festival is set to attract 20,000 people to the city next year.

Limerick Electronic Arts Festival or LEAF is the first of its kind and will kick off in March 2020.

LEAF has been officially launched in the city with a special event at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday last where Glasshouse Ensemble performed in celebration.

The world-first event showcasing electronic arts and the intersection of technology and artistic expression is expected to welcome internationally renowned music artists, leaders in social media innovation, and technological innovators.

The full line-up for next year is yet to be announced however, some sneak-peaks have been revealed.

Speakers from the EU, Facebook and LEGO will attend the festival and take part in interviews and panels discussing topics such as ‘A Digital First Society’ and ‘AI & Art’.

A day-long youth strand called ‘Creation’ will present workshops and panels on E-sports, YouTube, music creation, and online collaboration and monetisation from companies such as Depop and Spotify.

At the new warehouse space on the campus of Limerick College for Further Education a business symposium called ‘Intersection’ will be held.

A multi-generational choir that aims to unite people from different backgrounds in Limerick called Chime Out will conclude the festival with an outdoor light show.

The festival will cater to all generations with family-friendly events as well.

LEAF 2020 will take place across a variety of city centre venues from March 5 to March 8, 2020.

Launch of LEAF 2020. Video: Katie Martin

Gallery: Official launch of LEAF 2020.

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