FUTURE LIMERICK is a climate arts festival which first took place in Limerick 16th- 21st May 2022 brought to you by Sunday’s Child in association with the Lime Tree | Belltable. Taking place across Limerick city the programme features theatre, spoken word, comedy, music, family fun and panel discussions highlighting sustainability and artists’ responses to the climate crisis.
Pictured at the launch of ÒFuture LimerickÓ, a new multi disciplinary Climate Arts Festival and collaboration between SundayÕs Child Theatre and Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable is poet Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan. Photo by Diarmuid Greene
In 2022 the festival featuredacclaimed play Afloat by Sunday’s Child Theatre, outdoor aerial performances by Fidget Feet in the People’s Park, bilingual spoken word night REIC, a night of live music in Dolans, a discussion evening with Manchán Magan and Limerick activist Saoirse Exton, stand-up comedy with Colm O’Regan, and an immersive audio experience along the river Shannon created by Sunday’s Child in collaboration with Brokentalkers. FUTURE LIMERICK will also be screened the award-winning Irish documentary films RIVER and Generate the State.
Pictured at the Family Fun Day in 2022 the crows enjoying a circus performer in People’s Park. Photo by Alan Place
For younger audiences, FUTURE LIMERICK: Climate Arts Festival is hosted a free Family Fun Day in People’s Park and Music Network returns with extravaganza Wires, Strings & Other Things. The festival will also engaged with the wider community through poetry workshops in schools, a short story competition and a Scratch Night showcasing new writing from Limerick’s theatre talent.
Pictured at the panel discussion during ÒFuture LimerickÓ 2022, Machan Magan, Saoirse Exton and Ceara Carney sit on stage at the Belltable. Photo by Alan Place
FUTURE LIMERICK was one of just five arts projects across Ireland selected to receive funding from the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund. Delivered in partnership with Business to Arts, the fund was established to support artists and arts organisations working on creative projects engaging their local communities around sustainability, climate change and the transition to a net-zero future.
We are currently working towards hosting the festival in 2024.