by Rose Rushe
A FESTIVE day unfolds on Roches Street this Saturday 13 from 12noon to 4pm, embracing the the 14th annual Traders Art Festival and the music/ theatre/ poetry performance parts of Limerick Arts Community Forum.
There’s even a breakaway group of four Urban Horses from the Limerick Corridor Art project that will platform officially at People’s Park on Culture Night, Friday 19. Feel free to hop up and play cowboy.
Music, music fills the air of this city centre artery as this festival, opened with a laugh by Pat Shortt on Monday last, gathers pace.
Cappagh Trad Group, Ashlea Rondozai, Lou McMahon and and a 2pm disco bunny turn by Mark Fortune lead into several more musician artists entertaining for free.
This live outdoor session will close coming up to 4pm as Ronan Ryan, Steve Hanks and friends take over. Look to the classical violin duet from Tamasine Plowman Music School in the cafés lining this owner-managed street of retailers and services, and chuckle with Filibusters Comedy Club.
Exhausted? Don’t you dare. Limerick Art Society, various dancing schools, street performers, armchair poets, pop up printing and patchwork fill other pockets of Saturday 13.
And most of the traders, where their line of business obliges, rise to the high jinks with special offers, cooking and florist demonstrations, trad sessions and even a wine tasting.
The traders pay a special tribute to Limerick Arts Community Forum for their help and to Eircom of Roches Street for their enabling input.
Bear in mind that 25 per cent of the sale proceeds of all visual art from 50+ artists in this timeframe, sold from the shops and sites here, go to two prominent local charities: Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Spina Bifida/ Hydracephalus services in the Mid West.