Culture Night 2022 returned after a two-year hiatus.
By Ciara McKenna
Culture Night 2022 was back in full swing after a two-year break due to restrictions. An eclectic line-up of events took place across the city and county celebrating Limericks artists and cultural organisations.
Culture Night shines a light on Limerick’s abundance of creative talent by hosting events in studios, museums, galleries and workshops, introducing people to the arts and culture of Limerick City and county.
The centrepiece of the night took place at King Johns Castle with a live electronic music and hip-hop concert featuring R Kitt, Paddy Mulcahy, Fedah and Rumi. A live Mural by ohhi ohno and an art installation by xplusxcollective could also be found in the castle. This event was produced in association with King Johns Castle, the SIONNA Festival, TOT Events and Culture Night.
An outdoor aerial performance took place on Friday and Saturday by the Fidget Feet acrobatic performance group in the Potato Market.
Popular with the jazz lovers, the Belltable hosted the Limerick jazz festival in the foyer as a late-night event.
The Hunt Museum was a hotspot for events where you could find something for everyone throughout the day with the sound and vision exhibition, a live broadcast from Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive, music from the Limerick New Music Ensemble and the screening of a short film from Yonit Kosovske.
The Milk Market was another venue for the day’s activities which hosted the Pigtown festival at the end of their parade. Pigtown is a Limerick food group that celebrates food producers, culture and heritage. You could also find a petting farm and live music in the market.
Headway, an acquired brain injury service held a showcase exhibition of their client’s work with mosaics, art pieces and much more.
A cohort of other activities took place in the county such as the Newcastle West Foroige Group’s craft and activities evening. In Bruff GROWRemote hosted music workshops for kids and Mungret College welcomed the public in for a tour of the historical grounds. Balyneety’s Men Shed held an evening of art and music and in Garryspillare an evening of trad music was enjoyed in the community hall with Ceol, Caint agus Craic.
Dr. Pippa Little, Arts Officer of Limerick Culture Night said: “The Limerick Arts Office of Limerick City and County Council welcomes this opportunity to work with many partners, including venues, community groups and artists, to highlight the work of creatives. We are thrilled to be welcoming audiences back to a bumper Culture Night, with family friendly events, late night offerings and many of our community and voluntary groups participating for the first time since 2019.
“Never has it been more important for an event like Culture Night to take place as it presents the opportunity for our creative community to work in partnership to nurture the cultural life of our region and support our audiences within their communities. Culture Night 2022 will represent the best of those collaborations between our artists and cultural institutions in the city and county.”