Samhain: Lumen Street Theatre celebrates Hallowe’en Festival

Martin Shannon Artistic Director of Lumen Street Theatre

Lumen Street Theatre bring the Samhain festival to the streets of Medieval Limerick once more this Hallowe’en.
Samhain celebrates Irish culture with a deep focus on Limerick heritage and the traditions surrounding Hallowe’en; with community involvement and public participation at its core.
Lumen Street Theatre bring host the celebrations between October 28 – 30.
This year’s festival will be performed live and in person with some online content. Expect lots of fun filled hours of diversity for all the family. 

Highlights involve crafts, storytelling, street theatre and a group cycle.

Mask Making
Masks are an essential part of Hallowe’en throughout history. Lumen’s Martin Shannon demonstrates how to create unique masks from a basic template using items found in your family home. Recycling at its best, the only limit is your imagination. For this workshop you will need: Empty cereal box, a stapler, double sided tape/ masking tape/glue and paints/markers for decoration.
An opportunity to get dressed up in you Hallowe’en finery and join the cyclebus at 7pm at Merchant’s Quay to bike the three bridges paying tribute to the ‘Bishop’s Lady’ along the way. Finishing up in Arthur’s Quay park.
Bikes will be decorated in Lumen Street Theatre’s signature Samhain Lanterns.

Inspired by Halloween, Limerick Youth Theatre members have responded by writing, directing and performing several vignettes to add their own creative offerings to the festival.
Singer, storyteller, actress and songwriter, Helena Byrne’s Irish Storytelling and Folk Song Experiences will bring magic and laughter to all who attend her Storytelling in the Hunt Museum garden.
Helena’s interactive storytelling will transport the children’s imaginations into the magical world of Irish folklore, with tales of the Leprechaun, the Fairy Folk and spooky Irish ghost stories. Not only are children entertained, they also learn fun vocal and physical exercises and will be encouraged to create their own characters and stories.
Sing Out
‘Sing out with Strings’ is the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s flagship community engagement programme and has been running now for 14 years. Activities include singing and song writing, public performances and concerts. Numbers limited to 60 for this event.

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