The city lays on a compelling menu of festivals throughout the year. Undoubted highlights include ev+a (Exhibition of Visual-plus Art; t061/310633, wwww.eva.ie), Ireland’s pre-eminent annual exhibition of contemporary art. From mid-March to late May, works by Irish and foreign artists, as selected by a leading international curator, are installed at the Belltable, the City Gallery of Art and around the cityscape. In late May, the Limerick International Music Festival is a four-day showcase for the Irish Chamber Orchestra and prestigious guest artists (t061/202620, wwww.irishchamberorchestra.com). In late June and early July, Blas, a highly regarded, two-week, summer school of traditional music and dance, takes place at the Irish World of Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick University (wwww.blas.ie), with plenty of associated concerts and sessions around the city. An international poetry festival, Cuisle, encompassing readings, open-mike sessions and workshops, takes place in mid-October (t061/407421, wwww.limerickcity.ie).

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