16 – 21 May

Launch night

FUTURE LIMERICK launched on March 22nd, 2022. To celebrate the launch, we put together a specially curated night of music, poetry, spoken word and dance to give a flavour of what’s to come. The launch took place in the Belltable theatre.

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan performed two poetry pieces inspired by nature, science and the rising water levels of the River Shannon. Local musician Anna Jane Ryan performed two beautiful pieces on violin, while dancers Jean O’Donoghue and Yumi Lee performed a river inspired contemporary dance piece, with music by Nathan Cohen. To round off the night, Eva O’ Connor impressed the audience with her captivating spoken word piece SURFER GIRL, highlighting the damaging impact of neoprene wetsuits on the oceans.

Hildegard Ryan from Sunday’s Child Theatre Company says the project grew from their belief that the arts can play a crucial role in helping people envisage a more sustainable future in Limerick. “As the climate crisis escalates it’s easy to get bogged down in feelings of hopelessness. FUTURE LIMERICK will be an antidote to this, focusing on hope and creativity. Our festival will be engaging and entertaining way to imagine a brighter future and engage on the climate issues that matter most to the Limerick community.”

Louise Donlon, Director at Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable says that the festival will help inspire positive action; “Addressing the challenges we face through the medium of the arts will help to frame them in a way that makes them seem less daunting, and we hope this festival will inspire new & creative ideas for a local-led response to climate change.”

Speaking at the launch, Grace Kelly, ESB Creative Experiences Manager said “Sunday’s Child and Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable have curated a wonderful programme of multi-disciplinary arts events that will creatively engage communities across Limerick and kick start conversations about what a sustainable “Future Limerick” might be.”

Photos by Diarmuid Greene.