Limerick City of Culture

The City of Culture initiative is designed to bring cultural events and recognition to Limerick city for a one year period. The goal is to bring artists, organizations, local groups, and city leaders together through events that showcase all the city has to offer.

Limerick City of Culture

New Year Eve

Limerick rings in the New Year at 20:14 on the banks of the Shannon to celebrate its designation as the first irish National City of Culture .

The New Year celebrations will mark the first event of the year with family friendly activities taking place in locations across the city including the Milk Market. A spectacular light parade will make its way around King John’s Castle and Thomond Bridge. A special concert will be hosted near the Potato Market, with the stunning St Mary’s Cathedral as the backdrop for a star studded line up featuring a host of top musicians. with television coverage broadcasting live from the event, a special ringing out of the Bells of St Mary’s will signal the new year celebrations and the start of Limerick National City of Culture 2014. .


Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theatre, film - nothing has carried the energy , the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.

20 years ago in May 1994 Riverdance was first performed as the interval act in the eurovision Song Contest in Dublin before being developed into a full length stage show. with its fusion of Irish and international music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world premiere run in Dublin in early 1995 and has since become a global phenomenon, being performed over 12,000 times to a live audience in excess of 23 million and with three companies on tour at any one time. To mark the Anniversary of this incredible production, Riverdance comes to Limerick before embarking on its 20th Anniversary tour. it will be Limerick City of Culture’s inaugural flagship event and the homecoming for Limerick born composer, Bill whelan. The production will take place from the 16th-19th January 2014 at the Sport Arena in the University of Limerick and tickets can be obtained from the Unive

Message from Kathleen Leddin,
Mayor of Limerick

2014 will be an eventful year for Limerick. Administrative borders will disappear as the City and County merge. Against this backdrop Limerick will become a stage for local, national and international culture through Limerick National City of Culture 2014.

The very significant financial investment of public funds in culture and the arts in Limerick is welcome and timely. it allows us to bring international performances to Ireland and also allows Limerick artists and performers to display their cultural wares to national and international audiences. 2014 will be a year of celebration for Limerick. it will be the beginning of our next chapter as the Treaty City, the City of Culture.

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