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FESTIVAL OF POLITICS AND IDEAS
2017 FESTIVAL DATES: MARCH 24-26TH
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The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas

The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas celebrates the role of the citizen in the political life of Limerick. This year’s theme is ‘the State of Us’. With 100 years of perspective, we’ll be asking what we’ve learned and what we’ve left undone since the Proclamation of our Republic.

Our programme has everything from film premieres, big debates and an evening of protest music to spoken word, art and comedy events. There is truly something for everyone. Make sure you come and have your say!

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The State of Us

Limerick Spring Theme 2016

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EVENT LINE UP 2016

TUESDAY 19TH APRIL

MINDING THE IDEALIST
A workshop about taking care of ourselves when involved in campaigning and working for social, personal or community supported change.
Minding The Idealist Event – Postponed. Please contact limerickspring@gmail.com for more information on this postponement.

THURSDAY 21ST APRIL

SALON DU CHAT AT THE LIMERICK SPRING
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.
8PM with last sitting at 9, THU 21ST April
Ormston House. Cultural Resource Centre.
9-10 Patrick Street
Free

FRIDAY 22ND APRIL

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE SPOTIFIED
Join us for an amazing night celebrating the power of protest music. Featuring the finest live musical talent from Limerick and beyond.
8PM, FRI 22ND April
Dolans Upstairs. Dock Road
€5
€4 unwaged
Free as part of festival pass 

SATURDAY 23RD APRIL

RUMPUS KIDS MAGAZINE LAUNCH AND KIDS WORKSHOP
The Limerick Spring are delighted to bring you a Kids Art & Poetry Workshop followed by the launch of the first ever edition of the kids only publication RumpusKids.
The workshop will be hosted by artist Kate O’Shea, Emer Casey and poet Sarah Clancy in collaboration with Ormston House and The Limerick Printmakers.
We will be exploring the theme of ‘Home’ and what that means to young people today creating imaginative and interesting art along the way using the magic of printmaking. (suitable for ages 6-12)
10.30-12.30, SAT 23RD April
Ormston House. Cultural Resource Centre.
9-10 Patrick Street
€3 for one child
€5 for more than one.
Free as part of festival pass.  Booking via EventBrite
HERE 
LUNCHTIME CONCERT WITH YEARNING CURVE
This will be the first Limerick performance of songs from Yearning Curves new album Guerilla. Yearning Curve are Cork based agit popsters . Think (Fela) Kuti meets (Woodie) Guthrie in spirit. Bring along some lunch and a coffee and join us in the gorgeous Ormston House.
1.15-2.00PM, SAT 23RD April
Ormston House. Cultural Resource Centre.
9-10 Patrick Street
Donation-pay what you can
Free as part of festival pass. 
STANZAS AND THE LIMERICK SPRING PRESENT : THE SHTATE OF US
Jared Nadin, Mel White, Paul McNamara, Shane Davis, Denise Chaila and Sarah Clancy let rip on politics and poetry with each speaker giving their own slant, taste and expertise on issues of society, equality and who we are in this very modern world.
3PM, SAT 23RD April
Lucky Lane, 9a Catherine Street
Free 
THE GREAT WALL – FILM SCREENING
Limerick Spring and HatchLK are proud to present the Limerick Premier of Tadhg O’Sullivan feature documentary. The Great Wall is an adaptation of a Kafka story and looks at the enclosure of Europe by a complex system of walls and fences. Mysterious and visually dazzling, the film journeys across a range of European landscapes, and encounters those whose lives are defined by these walls – detainees within European migrant camps. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
5PM, SAT 23RD April
Belltable, 69 O’Connell Avenue
5
Free with festival pass 
THE BIG DEBATE- THE STATE OF US-A PANEL DISCUSSION HOSTED BY TARA FLYNN
With 100 years of perspective, the Big Debate will challenge speakers and audiences alike to debate and discuss society and political life in Ireland, to question our progress, ask what we’ve learned and what we’ve left undone since the Proclamation of our Republic. A thought-provoking discussion hosted by comedian Tara Flynn with Tom Clonan, Kieran Keohane, April Duff, Siobhan O’ Donoghue, Lynn Ruane and others. Audience involvement encouraged!
8.30PM, SAT 23RD April
Dolans Warehouse, Dock Road
10
5 students and unwaged
Free with festival pass 

SUNDAY 24TH APRIL

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE LIMERICK SPRING
Join us for a full Irish with a lively panel who will review the weekend’s papers and news stories. There’ll be roving a mic so you’ll get a chance to have your say too!
11AM, SUN 24TH April
Strand Hotel, Ennis Road.
€12 includes breakfast. Booking via EventBrite HERE

Booking via Eventbrite 
WOMEN IN POLITICS DEBATE
On the 100th year to the day anniversary of the Rising, we will take a look at the post-election political landscape for Mna na hEireann.
2PM, SUN 24TH April
Strand Hotel Upstairs, Ennis Road.
5
Free with festival pass
SPEAKERS CORNER-CITIZENS COMMEMORATION EVENT
100 years after the Rising-what are the issues that mean most to you? This is an open invitation to the citizens of Limerick and beyond to come along, get up on a soapbox and have your say.
5PM, SUN 24TH April
Bandstand, The People’s Park, Pery Square
Free 
THE 10 DARK SECRETS OF 1916 (AND HOW THEY SHAPED IRELAND)
Paddy Cullivan of Callan’s Kicks, The Late Late Show, Leviathan and Kilkenomics brings you an audiovisual spectacular on the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. Using Satire, Imagery, Historical Insight and Song you will learn about the 10 strangest things that happened during our Rising, Revolution and Counter-Revolution (Civil War). This will be the 1916 show to end all 1916 shows…
8.30PM, SUN 24TH April
Dolans Upstairs, Dock Road
5
Free with festival pass 
THE SPRING FLING
Join us upstairs in Dolans for the final event of the festival, our Spring Fling. Tunes by the wonderful-DJ Tom!
9PMonwards, SUN 24TH April
Dolans Upstairs, Dock Road
€4
Free with festival pass
 

Online Ticket Sales via Indiegogo

Tickets also available on the door at each event

To the people of Limerick and beyond… help make Limerick Spring 2016 happen. You can buy a festival pass or make a donation towards the cost of running the festival. Even a small contribution helps. Thanks for your support so far.

Limerick Spring Speakers 2016

Tara Flynn

Tara Flynn

Actress, Comedian and Author. 

Siobhán O’ Donoghue

Siobhán O’ Donoghue

Community worker & social activist

Tadhg O’Sullivan

Tadhg O’Sullivan

Filmmaker 

Sarah Clancy

Sarah Clancy

Poet, Activist, Teacher. 

Katherine Hayes

Katherine Hayes

Journalist for national print and broadcast media outlets. Lectures in journalism at the Univ. of Limerick. 

Henry Silke

Henry Silke

Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Limerick. Editor of Critical Media Review. 

Kieran Keohane

Kieran Keohane

Author and senior Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Sociology and Philosophy, University College Cork. 

Lynn Ruane

Lynn Ruane

President of Trinity College Dublin Students Union, TCD Seanad Candidate. 

Paddy Cullivan

Paddy Cullivan

Satirist, Presenter, MC, Speaker, Writer/Actor

April Duff

April Duff

Chairperson and founding member of Education Equality. 

Dr. Tom Clonan

Dr. Tom Clonan

Security Analyst & Academic. Candidate for Senate-Trinity College Dublin 

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