Flying high in Hospital

School of Spectacle at Hospital Arts Festival 2017

PEOPLE in Hospital were given wings in a European-funded project which saw locals who had never performed before take up aerial flying and juggling with fire.

And a related event is now in the making, this time with a view to Limerick people getting involved as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The ‘School of Spectacle’ which took place in November in Hospital came about as a result of a €199,000 allocation from the Creative Europe fund, council Arts Officer, Sheila Deegan told a meeting of councillors in the KIlmallock/Cappamore district of Limerick City and County Council last week.

In a slide show presentation. Ms Deegan pointed to performers suspended from a gigantic moving crane and others juggling fire.

“The people doing that had never done aerial flying before,” she told the meeting.

Explaining that the seven-day workshop made a big impression, Ms Deegan said that the school – in partnership with Limerick performing groups, Fidget Feet and the Irish Aerial Creation Centre – had left a legacy.

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“People left the workshops with skills they did not have before. For instance, the children learned to make lanterns – that’s something they will never forget”.

The Hospital event culminated in a performance that drew and audience of 450 people, Ms Deegan said.

Now a second school and event are on the cards.

The ‘Walk The Plank” group are taking on artists from all disciplines to attend ‘Limerick School of Spectacle 2018: Procession’ with a view to working with the community to participate in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick City.

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