This week, Arts Tonight goes to Limerick in the wake of the New Year row over the City of Culture, meeting artists, poets and rappers.
This busy programme talks to graphic designer and print maker David Lilburn at his studio close to the river Shannon and the city centre, to discuss how he has “mapped” the city through his work, and the influence of the city scape on his work. He describes Limerick as “a city of culture’.
Rubber Bandit Blindboy (see photo) tells us how they removed the Curse of St Munchin and we play the unofficial City of Culture 2014 anthem, their new song.
Interim CEO Mike Fitzpatrick looks to the challenges of the year ahead; we meet him at the launch of one of the big events of the year: the arrival of Brazilian ravers “Fuerza Bruta”, who’ll be coming to the former Wang factory on the outskirts of the city in the spring.
We meet the Moyross Youth Crew and hear their controversial rap “Tears from the Devil”, influenced by real stories in their lives.
And we look at the bigger picture of the arts in Limerick, .. through a discussion with four people directly involved: Mary Coll, writer and former director of the Belltable Arts Centre, poet Ciarán O Driscoll, who’s chair of the Cuisle Poetry Festival, Helen Carey, director of the Limerick City Gallery of Art, and Dave O Donnell, Head of the Limerick School of Music.
Arts Tonight is presented by Vincent Woods and produced by Aileen O’Meara for Digital Audio Productions.