Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival dedicated to dance, film and media arts. It presents vibrant experiences bridging dance, new media and screen-based practices that reward and stimulate audiences and artists.

The 6th edition took place in Limerick, Clare, and Online from 23 – 26 September 2021. Discover a snapshot of the programme below.

SPIRAL - A series of events exploring interactions between music, dance, visuals and film. The performing artists (New Jackson, Beatrice Dillon, Duncan Murphy, Tim Redfern, Pauric Freeman, Dublin Modular, Salma Ataya, Angie Smalis, Somadrone, and Isabella Oberländer) navigated the vivid possibilities of live electronic sound, real-time digital video, screendance and live dance performances in public space across Limerick.

Light Moves Dialogues - Talks and discussions by a captivating selection of artists whose works are expansive, diverse and essential, including Joan Davis, Jean Butler, and Clare Langan.

Dance Films Programmes - Light Moves presented nine programmes showcasing some of the most exciting recent work in this area created both in Ireland and internationally. With 55 works from 16 countries these films open doors to exceptional experiences: Encounters ranging from the beautiful to the surreal. The films cross borders and genres, celebrate ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance, and bring the diverse colours of human life and our world to the screen. Featuring guest programming by transatlanticbirdscrew (DE) and Laura Murphy (IRL).

Light Moves Online - The Festival brought a selection of films to an online audience, and extended its commitment to wide-ranging discussions with an exciting series of online conversations, artists talks, and special focus groups. Inlcuding Feature Screening, Short Film Programmes and Talks and Presentation.

Light Moves Festival Celebrates Adventurous Dance, Film & Media Arts.


Dance Limerick
Irish World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick
glór, Ennis
Colbert Plaza
The Hunt Museum Garden
The People’s Park
Limerick Skatepark

Light Moves is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Limerick City and County Council. Festival partners include Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, Digital Media and Arts Research Centre, CSIS, and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art, and TUS Limerick School of Art and Design.