Limerick’s Make a Move Festival returns with most exciting line up yet!
Make a Move Festival returns to Limerick for it’s 7th year between October 4th and 7th 2018. This unique city wide Festival, with its roots in hip hop culture will host a diverse programme that sees over 60 artists, producers and performers from hip hop, street art and spoken word backgrounds perform in a range of Limerick venues.
Music takes centre stage at the Cross County Cypher on the Saturday afternoon bringing the very best young rappers from all over Munster to Limerick. The world’s attention has been on irish rap in the last 12 months with features in the Guardian, Pitchfork and the New York Times. Absent from that narrative is the extraordinary ongoing work done through workshops around the country in developing this new generation of Irish voices. In Limerick and Cork, Music Generation have been to the fore in this regard and Make a Move is once again delighted to collaborate with them in providing a key platform for this young talent at our Saturday afternoon gig in The Record Room. The event will be preceded by a number of panel discussions on progressing in terms of artistic development in the music industry.
On Saturday night the Festival turns its attention on the producers of the music when over twenty producers will perform at the Mathman Beat club event in Pharmacia with local collective Prescription hosting a beat battle. On the Friday night, legendary Irish DJ and producer, DJ Mek will make his first appearance in Limerick in over 6 years when he plays a digital dancehall reggae set with the Pressure Drop soundsystem. The Dj noted for his work with Ian Brown and Scary Eire is also a 5 times Irish Dj Mixing champion.
The vast majority of Make a Move’s events are free and some of those offerings take the form of workshops intended to introduce and improve young people’s engagement with the wider hip hop culture, a central tenet of the festival’s philosophy. This year, Make a Move is delighted to host a two hour workshop in Dj’ing for women led by Gash Collective member Aoife Nic Canna and featuring DIE Limerick’s own Madbh O’ Connor. The event in Ormston House wil also offer participants an oportunity to dj at some of the events over the festival weekend.
Spoken Word Poetry again plays a prominent part in the festival line-up this year. A Poetry Jam will also take place on Saturday evening in the Wickham Tap with spoken word artist Sasha Terfous and local spoken word artist/rapper Willzee. On the Sunday, a number of different poets and artists will gather in Narrative 4 on O’ Connell Street for a very special event. ‘Joined Hands in Freedom’ celebrates and explores links between Ireland and African-American freedom struggles. The event which had its first outing last year on the site of Frederick Douglas’s first appearance in Limerick in 1845, this year moves around the corner from his last on Glentworth Street. Artists at this free event include Libyan-born Irish-raised singer songwriter Farah Elle, Chicago-born, Dublin based slam poet Clara Rose Thornton, Limerick born poet Maighread Meadbh and Denise Chaila.
Street art features in “Walk, Talk and Paste” a walking tour of key street art works with street artist Eoin Barry followed by a screen printing workshop in Limerick Printmakers. The participants will then get an opportunity to contribute to the visual landscape of Limerick. On the final day of the Festival, Sunday, longtime grafitti artist Cool C will be interviewed on “Growing pains on walls and trains”, the evolution of street art into something very different. Cool C will end his visit to Limerick with the painting of a visual tribute to fallen grafitti artists. Later that evening, Make a Move brings some of the street art energy indoors as Making a Mark Battles sees a range of artists take on random themes within a set time limit in Pharmacia.
The Festival finishes at the first event of the I.NY Festival with a DJ set from mynameis jOhn in the Record Room, Catherine Street, Limerick.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins said: “Make a Move Festival is such a vibrant, edgy festival, something that fits right in with Limerick. I wish you all the best for this year’s festival, which is looking like it is going to be the best one ever.”