Something for the Weekend … From poetry to Pantera

The two-channel video installation Particles opens at this Friday

Opera in Limerick

LIMERICK Museum is hosting a new exhibition titled Lyrically Speaking: A History of the Opera in Limerick. The exhibition tells how Limerick punched above its weight in the world’s musical culture in the past 200 years.

Curated by Dr Zara Power, Assistant Curator of Limerick Museum and Ger Reidy, Director of the Limerick Opera Festival, it features objects from the permanent collection of Limerick Museum and items on loan from private collectors. They demonstrate the high quality of Limerick’s musical life over the past two centuries and remind us of some of the great venues that the city boasted such as the Theatre Royal on Mallow Street, which flourished for eighty years from 1840 to 1920 and the Savoy Theatre on Bedford Row, one of Ireland’s greatest cinemas and theatres for most of the twentieth century.

Running at Limerick Museum, Henry Street until May 20. 

UL Poetry Day

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University of Limerick’s MA in Creative Writing programme will host an exciting lunchtime poetry reading, open to the public, this Thursday April 27

The free event, which will take place from 1:00pm – 2:15pm in the Atrium Area of the University Concert Hall, will feature guest poet, Anton Floyd and showcase new poems from the MA students and staff of the programme.  

“Poetry is often a vital act of compression” said Emily Cullen, the Meskell Poet in Residence. “In keeping with this year’s theme of ‘Message in a Bottle,’ the students on the MA in Creative Writing have composed urgent new poems with important messages about our times, which they will cast out for Poetry Day,” Cullen said. 

Both Emily Cullen and Eoin Devereux will also read from their work on the day and they will be joined by their colleague on the Creative Writing team, Donal Ryan, who will read an extract from his celebrated fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, which has also been adapted for stage. 

This reading is a free event, but any donations on the day will go towards supporting the work of the UNHCR – Ireland, the UN Refugee agency. 

Ormston House

Particles by Hanne Nielsen and Birgit Johnsen opens at Ormston House on Friday April 28, 7-9pm.

Particles will feature new sculptures and two-channel video installation filmed between Ireland and Denmark. The artists say: “We want to create a frame for reflection on current global, critical conditions as well as the ethical, existential choices confronting us today. We often perform ourselves in our works; we believe that the performative connects the personal with the political.”

In their new two-channel video installation Particles, Hanne Nielsen and Birgit Johnsen perform as bird-like figures beamed down from somewhere in the universe. Together, they wander through Tarkovsky-inspired scenes – an abandoned fun park, a ravaged industrial site, overgrown castle ruins, a rocky landscape, burning fields. They are female clones of the plague doctor and the future scientist, equipped with all kinds of measuring tools. Drones are deployed to provide the vertical perspective they need to travel through time and space, unfolding a machine-vision, flying in abrupt movements, watching, searching, monitoring, and disappearing into the sky.

Pantera tribute

Promoters Bad Reputation are hosting a celebration of the music of Pantera with the original Irish Cobhboys From Hell who call themselves Panteire, probably the best name for a metal tribute band since Whatsnake. Playing Dolans Kasbah this Friday April 28.