Around 40,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival, which will feature music, dance, circus, theatre, opera and visual art as well as an extensive family programme.
Held over two weekends, June 12-14 and June 19-21, the festival will feature 43 events and 95 performances at 25 venues.
Festival curator Kath Gorman said that offerings include a great outdoors and free events programme, with performances in both familiar and unusual locations, with something to suit every creative taste and budget.
“We are presenting the highest quality acts from here in Cork, elsewhere in Ireland and from overseas,” said Ms Gorman. “We hope the people of Cork and beyond will embrace the madness, the intrigue, and the wall to wall energy, creativity and fun that awaits them.”
The festival will be opened by the inimitable Lords of Strut, winners of the 2013 Street Performance World Championships.
Fitzgerald’s Park is the setting for a free day of fun featuring the Lords of Strut, local favourites Dowtcha and street theatre company Whalley Range All Stars.
A new addition is the fantastic ‘Pig’. This unique pop-up installation will feature a 9m-long sleeping pig, which will be in place at Emmet Place. An unexpected 10-minute piece of theatre takes place inside the belly of the giant pig, which 10 people at a time can view.
A special feature is ‘Our Table’, an event which is set to transform Cork’s Oliver Plunkett St into a one-off outdoor dining room, where some of Cork’s best-loved eateries will join forces to create a three-course banquet for 400 guests on Sunday, June 14.
The world-renowned Beyond from Circa, an Australian circus act, will make its Irish debut at the festival, showcasing its sublimely surreal work that has been delighting audiences around the world. Blending circus acts with an enchanting spectacle of giant rabbit heads, Rubik’s cubes, and blindfolds, Beyond is set to a mix of showtunes, ballads, and electronica and will take place in the Everyman Theatre on June 13/14.
The closing ceremony on June 21 is at Elizabeth Fort, where more than 100 brass, saxophone, and percussion players will provide a fitting close to the magic and melodrama of the festival.
Roddy O’Keeffe, Robert O’Brien, and Michael Mullins of Bold as Brass, which receives its Irish premiere at the midsummer event.
The event is supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council, and Fáilte Ireland, and by media partners the Irish Examiner, 96FM, and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.
For further details, see www.corkmidsummer.com.
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