Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas 2018-01-16T18:20:23+00:00

Festival of Politics and Ideas
19th – 25th of February

The Limerick Spring 2018

Hope in uncertain times is not easy. Bad news is everywhere. But there are always people shining a light for us.
Activism for some of us might be campaigning against local polluters, being involved in tidy towns campaigns or for better planning and infrastructure. For others it might be about fighting for the right to work, marry, or enjoy basic human rights such as shelter and refuge. Each effort, however small, changes the society we live in.
The Limerick Spring aims to shine a spotlight on projects, ideas and citizens that are leading the way and offering a glimpse of what is possible.
Come join us between the 19th-25th February. Who knows what changes you might be ready to inspire in the world?
Events at Limerick Spring

MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

Sharing the burden

Sharing the Burden

In a time of financial crisis, austerity measures and wage cuts, the record-breaking profits of multinational organisations have led to increasing calls for them to ‘pay their fair share’. In response, many organisations cite their compliance with tax laws, and place blame on poorly written regulations. Come join us for a discussion of these issues and ongoing efforts to address them.

Event Location: TBC
Date: Monday Feb 19th 
Time: 6pm
Ticket Price : FREE 
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TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

SPEAKERS CORNER AT THE LIMERICK SPRING

Speaker’s Corner at UL

Have your say & celebrate Freedom of Speech while you’re at it! Speaker’s Corner is a long standing tradition of the Limerick Spring and this year we are excited to bring it into the campuses of Limerick.

Event Location: University of Limerick – Students Union Pavilion – Outdoors
Date: Tues Feb 20th 
Time: 2pm
Ticket Price : FREE 
Festival Pass yes or no: N/A
Booking: N/A

It’s the Patriarchy, Man!

Come and join us for a discussion on all things patriarchal. Help us unpick where the patriarchy lies, let’s talk about who wins and who loses and why we should care. Do we engage consciously or go with the flow? Whose norm is it anyway? We will laugh, we will cry (maybe!) and we will dissect the patriarchy… man

Event Location: Ormston House, Patrick Street, Limerick 
Date: Tuesday Feb 2Oth 
Time: 6pm
Ticket Price : FREE
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
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WEDNESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

SPEAKERS CORNER AT THE LIMERICK SPRING

Speaker’s Corner at LIT School of Art and Design

Have your say & celebrate Freedom of Speech while you’re at it! Speaker’s Corner is a long standing tradition of the Limerick Spring and this year we are excited to bring it into the campuses of Limerick! Speaker’s Corner at LIT School of Art and Design will be MC’d by Executive Steve.

Event Location: LIT School of Art and Design Date
Date: Wed Feb 21st
Time: 1pm
Ticket Price : FREE
Festival Pass yes or no: N/A
Booking: No

 Art in Uncertain Times

The Limerick Spring is very excited to host a series of talks followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘Art in Uncertain Times’ with Kerry Guinan, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Eve Olney, Executive Steve, Dara Waldron and Fiona Woods.

Kerry Guinan is an artist and researcher based in Dublin. Through interventions, performances, and experiments in the public sphere, her work critiques art’s role in the neoliberal economy.

Vukasin Nedeljkovic initiated the multidisciplinary project Asylum Archive a platform open for dialogue and discussion inclusive to individuals who have experienced a sense of sociological/geographical ‘displacement’, social trauma and violence. It is an act of solidarity to bring a different perspective on the life of people who came to Ireland to seek protection.

Dr Eve Olney is an independent academic and media practitioner who explores her subjects through experimental ethnographic research. Her research interests involve challenging normalised knowledge and value structures by conceiving alternative methodological approaches to understanding archives and archival knowledge.

Executive Steve’s name is synonymous with the fortunes of Jungle and Drum & Bass music in Ireland this past decade as Executive Steve’s. After first cutting his teeth in a variety of venues during the mid 2000’s, he eventually threw his hat in with the Reach crew in Traffic, then stuck around when Traffic became the Twisted Pepper to become a resident at Bodytonic’s prestigious MUD night, while running his own night Tribe .

Dr. Dara Waldron teaches at Limerick School of Art and Design in Critical and Contextual Studies. He is the author of Cinema and Evil: Moral Complexities and the “Dangerous” Film and the forthcoming New Nonfiction Film: Art, Poetics and Documentary Theory (Bloomsbury, 2018). His main area of research concerns the relationship between fiction and non-fiction in film specifically.

Fiona Woods is a visual artist whose practice crosses critical inquiry, artistic intervention and international research collaborations. She works with elements of critical spatial practice, collaborative practice and aesthetics to generate objects, images, discursive events and performative actions.

Event Location: LIT School of Art and Design Church Gallery
Date: Wednesday Feb 21st 
Time: 2pm-4pm 
Ticket Price : FREE
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
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#LIVEABLELIMERICK AT LIMERICK SPRING

We invite voices for a truly #liveablelimerick to speak up at a participatory design event in the heart of our beautiful Georgian city.

Event Location: Narrative 4
Date: Wednesday Feb 21st 
Time: 6pm
Ticket Price : FREE
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
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THURSDAY 22ND FEBRUARY

LULITMI – A New Country, a New Beginning!

A marketplace for ideas in democracy and administration. Students of Community Development in LIT and of Public Administration in UL & Mary Immaculate College will share in a marketplace of ideas, their plans for the development of democracy and administration in the newly emerged country of LULITMI.

Event Location: UL
Date: Thursday Feb 22nd 
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Ticket Price : N/A
Festival Pass yes or no: No 
Booking: No – Student Event – to attend as an audience member please contact limerickspring@gmail.com

Salon Du Chat at Limerick Spring

Salon Du Chat

Adding a touch of theatre and the surreal to the art of conversation. Relax with a hot cuppa and a rice krispie bun as you browse a Conversation Menu of topical themes. It’s chat without the chit, it’s speed debating, it’s an art project with a twist, a shrine to the art of good conversation. It’s Salon du Chat.

Event Location: Ormston Chat
Date: Thursday Feb 22nd 
Time: 8pm, last sitting at 9pm. 
Ticket Price : FREE
Festival Pass yes or no: N/A
Booking: Yes
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Basic Income - Image credit gawker

Basic Income – Image credit gawker

We Need to Talk About Basic Income

We welcome Basic Income Ireland to Limerick to tell us all about it and how we might make it work in Ireland.

Event Location: Narrative 4
Date: Thursday Feb 22rd 
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm 
Ticket Price : FREE (plus you get some lunch!)
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
Booking: Yes
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VINCENT BROWN AT LIMERICK SPRING

An Audience with Vincent Browne

The Limerick Spring is thrilled to welcome Vincent Browne back to the festival this year. Kathryn Hayes from UL’s School of Journalism hosts Limerick’s most revered journalistic icon in what is sure to be a fascinating and entertaining evening exploring the future of journalism and the role of local journalism in particular.

Event Location: King John’s Castle
Date: Thursday Feb 22rd 
Time: 7pm
Ticket Price : €10 ( €5 unwaged or students) 
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
Booking: Yes
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FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

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Future Planners – Kids redesign Limerick City

Children take on the task of redesigning Limerick City. This event is in collaboration with Learning Hub Limerick and Ormston House. We look forward to seeing what the city planners of the future have in store for us!

Event Location: Ormston House
Date: Saturday Feb 24th 
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Ticket Price : €5 per child 
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
Booking: Yes
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Limerick Urban CO-OP

Zero Waste Workshop

Join us at The Urban Co-Op for a panel discussion on the rising levels of food waste and its effect on the global economy and environment. While sampling taste dishes made from ingredients which could have been wasted we will endeavour to help guests realise how to avoid this waste on a household level.

Event Location: The Urban Co-Op
Date: Saturday Feb 24th 
Time: 11am-12.30pm 
Ticket Price : FREE
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
Booking: Yes
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An Evening of Readings and Conversations with Kevin Barry and Blindboy Boatclub.

Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien and Limerick Spring present Kevin Barry and Blindboy Boatclub for an evening of readings and conversations in Dolans Warehouse. We are thrilled to partner with Limerick Literary Festival to promote this event which will be followed by a great night of music upstairs in Dolans at The Revolution Will Not Be Spotified.

Event Location: Dolans Warehouse
Date: Saturday Feb 24th 
Time: 8pm
Ticket Price : €10 direct from https://dolans.yapsody.com/event/book/170031/964001
Festival Pass yes or no: No
Booking: Yes 

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE SPOTIFIED

The Revolution Will Not Be Spotified

Music & spoken word has the power to move us to tears, make us smile and sometimes it leads us to action. Join us for an amazing night celebrating the power of protest music & performance. Featuring the finest live musical talent from Limerick and beyond.

Event Location: Dolans Warehouse UPSTAIRS
Date: Saturday Feb 24th 
Time: 9pm onwards 
Ticket Price : €5
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
Booking: Yes
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SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

Speakers Corner at The Limerick Spring

Speakers Corner at The People’s Park

Have your say & celebrate Freedom of Speech while you’re at it!

Date: Sunday Feb 25th 
Time: 4pm
Ticket Price : FREE
Festival Pass yes or no: N/A
Booking: No

Paddy Cullivan at the Limerick Spring

Paddy Cullivan Presents 26+6=1

Paddy Cullivan brings us a satirical visual and musical feast of a show – if Brexit and demographics combine to mean Ireland is united North and South – what will it be like? Will they accept Gay Marriage? Will we adopt Drive-thru off-licences and naming our streets? Can we complete one Motorway that doesn’t run East to West? And will Jeffrey Donaldson finally admit that he’s really Daniel O’Donnell? And how do we pay for it all?? Find out what our united future looks like in this extraordinary show, debuted in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall in July 2017.


Date: Sunday Feb 25th 
Time: 8pm
Ticket Price : €5 
Festival Pass yes or no: Yes
Booking: Yes
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Limerick Spring Celebrating the roll of the citizen

Support The Limerick Spring

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas began in 2014 and since then has touched on many social, political and cultural issues and themes with a strong core value of citizen activism. The Limerick Spring celebrates the role of the citizen in pushing for transparency, openness and holding truth to power, where ever it lies.

We welcome you to support the festival in a number of ways. Firstly, get involved! There are many participatory events and workshops on offer this year. Many of them are free or are very low cost.

Secondly, you can support us by buying a festival pass. The funding from ticket sales goes directly to supporting all the guests and organisations working with us to develop this exciting programme.

Lastly, we encourage everyone to have FUN while coming up with great ideas, making great connections and leave the festival feeling inspired and energised.

“Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine act of insurrection.” ― Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

A limited number of  Early Bird Festival Passes are on sale at €35,  This includes access to all events Book Festival Pass Here

Early Bird Festival Passes

A limited number of Early Bird Festival Passes are on sale now for €35
The festival pass includes access to all events
Book Festival Pass Here

Speakers Limerick Spring
Vincent Bowne
Vincent Bowne
Kathryn Hayes
Kathryn Hayes
Paddy Cullivan
Paddy Cullivan
Blindboy Boatclub
Blindboy Boatclub
Kevin Barry
Kevin Barry
Kerry Guinan
Kerry Guinan
Fiona Woods
Fiona Woods
Jennifer O Brien
Jennifer O Brien
Matthew Sorola
Matthew Sorola
Karen O'Donnell O'Connor
Karen O'Donnell O'Connor
Eve Olney
Eve Olney
Dara Waldron
Dara Waldron
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