Cork Midsummer Festival isn’t over just yet

Weekend number 2 of Cork Midsummer Festival features a tour of local homes to view their art, dancing with buckets, and more, says Ellie O’Byrne

Cork Midsummer Festival isn’t over just yet

Beats, Bells and Bridges

Mardyke bridge, UCC Quadrangle and St Anne’s Church, Shandon

Percussionist Alex Petcu and composer Tom Lane explore the acoustic properties of Cork City landmarks in an ambitious trilogy of site-specific compositions. Beats sees Petcu play with the echoes and reverb of UCC’s Quad. Bridges makes use of Mardyke bridge as an instrument, and Bells is a duet between Petcu at ground level and fellow percussionist Brian O’Regan in Shandon belltower.

Tales of Tomorrowland

The Glucksman Gallery

Participants young and old are invited to draw inspiration from the Glucksman’s current exhibition, 2116: Forecast of the Next Century, to create their own future-themed pop-up book in a workshop for all the family; a Sunday afternoon activity that doesn’t rely on the weather might be especially welcome.


The National Sculpture Factory

The Firkin Crane’s dancer in residence, Laura Murphy, has developed an international reputation for her original, and hypnotic choreography. Abacus, her piece for eight dancers and 16 buckets, draws from the repetitive movements of manual work, presented as a night shift in the setting of a factory floor at midnight.

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

The Everyman

An iconic figure on the New York underground scene, Susana Ventura aka Penny Arcade has been performing and collaborating with figures like Andy Warhol and Quentin Crisp since the tender age of 17. Now, at 65, her show merges performance art, satire, and stand-up.


Emmet Place

What more fitting place to view a tale of the lives and preoccupations of eight teenagers than from the back seat of a car? Suitable for “teenagers and anyone who’s been a teenager”, spaces in the back seat are limited for the three showings per day of Activate Youth Theatre’s play.

Be my guest

Meeting at the Firkin Crane

Shandon residents open their houses to the public to examine how, why, and where we choose to hang art in our homes, with pieces borrowed from the Arts Council’s national collection for the occasion. A Q&A with participating residents in The Guesthouse arts centre will follow the tour.

Camille O’Sullivan

The Everyman

The sultry chanteuse best known for her interpretations of songs by Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, David Bowie, and Nick Cave is back on home turf to present a highly personal selection of songs she has enjoyed performing the most over the years.

Bláthanna Bána (White Blossoms)

Graffiti Theatre

A dream-like performance by Giada Orlandi weaves together poetry, song, and legends in English and Irish with music by Fiona Kelleher and set design by Deirdre O’Dwyer. Bláthanna Bána is aimed at the 0-3 age group but is also a gentle theatrical experience for those on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and a special relaxed midday performance on Friday is ideally suited to those who often experience accessibility issues when attending arts events.

Will Franken and Friends

City Limits Comedy Club

Described as the “best alternative to psychedelic drugs” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and voted best performer at the Edinburgh Fringe by fellow comedians in 2014, absurdist stand-up Will Franken will be joined on the night by local comedians.


The Roundy

Laura O‘Mahony, best known to audiences from her roles in RTÉ’s Republic of Telly, Comedy Bites, and Ronanism, stars as twenty-something Marion in this one-woman play about navigating newfound adulthood.

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