Creativity in the frame as cities and towns have designs on the future

Creativity in the frame as cities and towns have designs on the future
Ed O’Leary and Joe Kelly will be taking over The Kino on Washington Street, Cork. Picture: Louise Barker

Eve Kelliher looks at the world of property and interiors.

IT’S HAD many incarnations, from its pool-hall days through to its starring role as an arthouse cinema, and now Cork’s iconic Kino is poised to reopen under new management.

Promoters Ed O’Leary and Joe Kelly (The Good Room) announced on Wednesday that they will be taking over the landmark Washington Street premises, giving it a new lease of life from mid-September as a live music venue, theatre space, bar and café.

The Good Room is, of course, the team behind the award-winning Live At St Luke’s concert series, It Takes A Village Festival, Cork Podcast Festival, Crosstown Drift, and a host of other unique events around Cork city and county. At a time when smaller venues are slim on the ground, this new addition should be something very special for Cork.

“We’ve been on the hunt for this exact size and type of venue the past few years and the timing is perfect for both us and the city,” Ed O’Leary said. 

“We’re going to spend a month working on refurbishments and will be installing a brand-new sound and lighting set-up.” 

Some “incredible acts” have already been booked, he confirmed. “We have also partnered up with some exciting Cork festivals, namely Sounds from a Safe Harbour, Cork Podcast Festival, Cork Folk Festival, and the Guinness Jazz Festival, for some quality live performances,” he added.

The venue will boast a state-of-the-art PA and lighting system, with full AV set-up as well as a bar and café.

CITYWIDE CELEBRATION

IF YOU like the idea of celebrating the buildings and neighbourhoods where we live and work, the Open House festival will be literally right up your street.

This design extravaganza runs in over 40 cities across the world, highlighting the best architecture each city has to offer. The Cork edition, Open House Cork (OHC), will return to Leeside from Friday, October 4, to Sunday, October 6.

Over the three days, there will be a flurry of free events where buildings of all types and periods open their doors to the general public. Heads-up: If you want some inside information then be sure to catch the guided tours by architects, designers and historians.

Open House Cork will showcase the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Cork to the breath-taking contemporary spaces. The full programme of family-friendly events will be launched in September; visit www.openhousecork.ie or stay up to date by following the OHC’s social media.

DESIGNING FUTURES

At the launch of ‘Reimagine...’ at the Irish Architecture Foundation were Nathalie Weadick (left), director of the IAF, and Tania Banotti, Creative Ireland Programme. Picture: Mark Stedman
At the launch of ‘Reimagine...’ at the Irish Architecture Foundation were Nathalie Weadick (left), director of the IAF, and Tania Banotti, Creative Ireland Programme. Picture: Mark Stedman

SPEAKING of creative communities, plans for revamping disused buildings, a new town square, and a cultural corridor were revealed this week.

The Irish Architecture Foundation announced the six towns participating in its community engagement project “Reimagine...” on Thursday.

“Reimagine…” brings together local communities, architects and designers to develop projects that will enhance the local built environment of the participating towns. The project is run by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme National Creativity Fund.

Earlier this year, the IAF launched an open call for local communities to submit their ideas and their problems, and they have now identified six towns to work with to create architecture and design-led solutions.

Tallaght’s “Melt the Walls” project will focus on enhancing Chamber Square for the local residents with a temporary installation, while Kilrush in County Clare is to develop a long-term vision for the town’s residents as well as businesses. 

A disused building in Mohill, Co Leitrim, will be given a new lease of life as low-cost accommodation for people engaged in sports in the area, while Loughrea, Co Galway, has plans for the creation of an architectural installation, and Kells, Co Meath, will explore how empty buildings in the town can be repurposed for the use of the community.

A pedestrian “cultural corridor” is planned in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, to better link the existing cultural buildings in the town.

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