Climate Arts Festival gets off to a powerful start

Elaine O’Dwyer and Jean O’Donoghue at the launch of the “Future Limerick Climate Arts Festival.

THE FUTURE LIMERICK: Climate Arts Festival, which was launched last night, will run until Sunday, May 22.

The festival will use art and creativity to engage the wider Limerick community on the issues of sustainability and climate change. It is one of just five arts projects across Ireland selected to receive funding from the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund.

The festival programme got under way with a screening of ‘Generate the State’, about the building of the Shannon Scheme (1925-29) with the Ardnacrusha Power Station as its centrepiece, how it revolutionised electricity production and supply in Ireland, and it was 100% renewable energy.

This was followed a screening of ‘River’, which took the audience on a journey through space and time; spanning six continents, and drawing on extraordinary contemporary cinematography, including satellite filming.

Throughout the week, the festival will take place at various locations across the city including the Lime Tree Theatre, Dolans, People’s Park and will also include a walking tour along the River Shannon.

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Louise Donlon, Director at Lime Tree Theatre, Belltable said that the festival will help inspire positive action.

“Addressing the challenges we face through the medium of the arts will help to frame them in a way that makes them seem less daunting, and we hope this festival will inspire new and creative ideas for a local-led response to climate change,” she explained.