Gerry Barnes Artistic Director and CEO at Belltable Arts Centre


MY CULTURE NIGHT : LIMERICK: I’ll go to Pery Square for The City Art Trail with The Hall of Mirrors Exhibition in the Limerick City Gallery of Art, then I’ll ramble into the pedestrian friendly area of Catherine Street leading to the exhibitions in the Faber Studio and the Printmakers Studio, before reaching Ormston House which has the The Misadventures of a Good Citizen and the launch of ‘Occupy Paper!’

However much I am tempted by the distant sounds of the choirs in St Mary’s Cathedral, my evening will have to be rounded off at the Hunt Museum where the University Concert Hall present Opera Works and the current exhibition which are fascinating portraits of the characters and sights of the old Milk Market. Then it’s a dash to the Belltable Arts Centre where we have our own exhibition Regia curated by Michele Horrigan and an evening of jazz related events. First, a lecture on the history of jazz from Chas Meredith, then a screening of the vintage film ‘Round Midnight’ before Honor Heffernan and friends take us towards the small hours.

Flash fiction dash

This event runs throughout the night and involves four members of the Limerick Writers’ Centre, Pat O’Connor, Margaret Cahill, Kevin Liston and Fiona Clarke Echlin, reading their work unannounced. Each piece will be three minutes in length and read at venues such as the Hunt Museum, King John’s Castle, and Limerick Printmakers.

Runs from 5pm.

Make a movie

At Daghdha Dance Company, a make a movie workshop allows the public participate in and learn how to put a film together. The workshop is free and pre-booking is not necessary.

Runs between 5pm and 8.30pm.

Guided tours

The Frank McCourt Museum is putting on guided tours. The museum is housed in a former school on Hartstonge Street, and is a significant cultural building in itself. Items on display include murals, schoolbooks from the period, old photos and a representation of the McCourt home.

Runs at 6pm and 9pm.

Chamber music

The National Chamber Choir of Ireland performs in St Mary’s Cathedral as part of their Equinox tour. Conducted by David Hill, the programme includes Bach and Rutter and contrasts dark and light. No pre-booking is required and tickets are free on the door.

Runs from 8pm.

Art workshops

Faber Studios is an artist collective, studio and exhibition space located on Henry Street. They will be providing workshops on objects that have been found and help facilitate members of the public turn these into works of art. Again, no-pre booking is required. Other art workshops taking place in the city include the Hunt Museum, Limerick Printmakers and the Limerick City Gallery and families are encouraged to drop in and out of events in all these venues.

Various venues, 5-10pm

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