See Ireland’s other capital in a completely new light this summer with the 2013 edition of the Cork Midsummer Festival. The event brings ten days of exceptional events and entertainment to people and parts of the city that are sometimes difficult to reach.
Taking place from June 21st to June 30th, the programme covers everything from opera and theatre to local music and the visual art. Unperturbed by the economic climate, festival director Tom Creed insists that innovation and creativity are vital to the vision of an inclusive society and describes this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival as “a celebration of the people of Cork and the creative city in which we live and work.”
They don’t come much quirkier than Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Eat The Street, a festival highlight that will see some of the city’s best-known restaurants being reviewed by local children. There are more Corkonians (100 of them) involved in 100% Cork, a unique theatre project that brings locals from across Cork’s social spectrum to the Opera House stage to tell their individual stories.
And local heroes are also in the spotlight when it comes to music, with Blarney singer-songwriter Mick Flannery performing an opening-night gig in Cork City Hall on midsummer’s night. If you pine for the days of Sir Henry’s, Ireland’s sadly departed home of house music, Ray Scannell’s production DEEP, a tribute to the infamous institution, plays throughout the festival. Internationally renowned music is represented in Triskel Christchurch, with the premiere of renowned Belfast-born composer Ian Wilson’s jazz concerto The Hours, and a performance by one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, The Hilliard Ensemble.
We Live Here showcases six emerging companies living and working in Cork, including theatre, dance, music, and circus, and provides a glimpse of the richly inventive arts scene in the People’s Republic right now. The showcase will launch at dawn on midsummer’s morning with Ruairi Donovan’s Witches, and will also include performances from Eat My Noise, Conflicted Theatre, Creative Connections, Makeshift Ensemble, and Riuchi.
There’s world-class dance too, with Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s new show, Cure, and New York-based choreographer and native Corkonian Luke Murphy will premiere Icarus. Farewell Cork will feature song, storytelling, and dance, and HotForTheatre’s I ♥ Alice ♥ I mixes theatre and documentary.
Theatrical highlights include the world premiere of award-winning playwright Carmel Winters’s Best Man at The Everyman, and Ailís Ní Riain’s production in collaboration with Corcadorca, The Tallest Man in the World. There’s dazzling opera too, with John O’Brien returning after the triumph of Pagliacci in 2012 to direct Cork Opera House’s production of María de Buenos Aires, a Tango Opera by Astor Piazzolla.
A thought-provoking programme of visual arts runs throughout the festival, including Cork Printmakers’ fifth International Temporary Residency, Analysing Cubism at the Crawford Art Gallery, and the compelling “Cruel and Unusual” exhibition illustrating life behind bars at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.
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