Your guide to Summer's greatest festivals

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West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which runs from 30 June to 8 July, has announced its programme of chamber music performed by a line-up of international string quartets, soloists and singers.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival also announces its inaugural Festival Fringe this year.

In a selection of interesting venues throughout the Bantry area, including Whiddy Island, the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry Bay, Organico and Garnish Island, musicians will give short performances.

Among those performing will be Ensemble Dagda, Behn Quartet, Cork violinist Mairéad Hickey, flautist Katie Hyland, harpist Fiona Gryson and the Voice Trio.

The Festival’s concerts run from morning to late night in Bantry House and St Brendan’s Church, Bantry.

The Doric Quartet from the UK, Pacifica Quartet from the USA, Pavel Haas Quartet from Czechoslovakia and Zaïde Quartet from France will join a host of soloists including British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, German violinist Viviane Hagner, Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, American violinist Miranda Cuckson, Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey, German-Canadian cellist Johanes Moser and many more.

The Festival has a reputation for programming contemporary work alongside more familiar music and in 2017 presents the world premiere of a new commission by the young Irish composer Sam Perkin.

Irish premieres include the Pacifica Quartet’s performance of Julia Wolfe’s Splendid Hopes and Donnacha Dennehy’s The Weather of It, performed by the Doric Quartet.

The Pacifica Quartet also play contemporary composer Shulamit Ran’s Glitter, Shards, Doom, Memory - String Quartet No. 3, which was inspired by the short life and art of the painter Felix Nussbaum, who died at Auschwitz. Throughout the Festival, RTÉ lyric

Throughout the Festival, RTÉ lyric fm broadcaster Evelyn Grant will be talking to a selection of musicians in the popular morning talks which take place in the Brick Oven restaurant. Ireland’s only Violin and Bow makers Exhibition will also be held in the Old Cinema and this year, there will be two talks by renowned

Ireland’s only Violin and Bow makers Exhibition will also be held in the Old Cinema and this year, there will be two talks by renowned makers Conor Russell and Michiel de Hoog during the Festival.

The complete Festival programme is available online. For more details, ring the West Cork Music office on +353 (0) 27 52788 The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland, Crespo Foundation, RTÉ lyric

For more details, ring the West Cork Music office on +353 (0) 27 52788 The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland, Crespo Foundation, RTÉ lyric fm and Cork County Council. 



Your guide to Summer's greatest festivals 

 Fastnet is a major showcase for Irish and International short film, focusing on the craft of film, held in high regard on a local, national and international level. With Seminars, Masterclasses and Workshops.

With Seminars, Masterclasses and Workshops covering, Lighting, Screenwriting, Casting, Auditioning, Score Composing, Film Ethics, Filming in Conflict, Animation, Creating Content on Your Mobile, Set Design, Shorts to Feature, Costume and more. Fringe events include the Long Island Cinema,

Fringe events include the Long Island Cinema, Filmmkers Hub, CornerTalk, Live music, Drama, Movie Quiz, Café viewing, Silent Cinemas, high quality free family entertainment and much more.

The GALA EVENT includes Academy Award winning film historian Kevin Brownlow, Premiering the 1925 restored silent film, The Goose Woman accompanied by world famous composer and conductor Carl Davis on grand piano. Supported by Cork County Council and IMRO.

Crash Ensemble, at the cutting edge of contemporary classical music, will perform live on the West Pier on Long Island Schull on Saturday 27th May at Sundown.

Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s foremost contemporary music ensemble; a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking new music of today.

Other guests include David Puttnam, Jim Sheridan, Lenny Abrahamson, Stephen Frears, Stephen Rennicks and many more.

Also, featured at the festival will be in excess of 400 screenings, Local Interest Films and World Cinema Programmes.


Your guide to Summer's greatest festivals

Calling all aspiring and established writers: secure your place now for some of the amazing workshops on offer at the West Cork Literary Festival, which runs in venues in Bantry and Whiddy Island from July 14th to 21st.

From Writing a Novel to Song Writing, Journalism to Poetry, there is a workshop for writers at all levels, looking to spend time in this beautiful seaside town, honing their craft.

Workshop facilitators include Alissa Nutting, Dean Bakopoulos, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Vona Groarke, Lara Marlowe, Dave Lordan, Jan Carson, John Spillane and Phoebe Smith.

Workshops will be filled with lively discussions which writers can use as jumping off points to spark fresh, passionate work.

Colm Tóibín, Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Graham Norton, Dame Marina Warner, Eimear McBride and Anne Enright, The Laureate for Irish Fiction,are just some of the guests already announced for the renowned festival.

Cork author, Billy O’Callaghan, a 2017 Costa Short Story runner-up for The Boatman, will read from his first novel The Dead House, due to be published later this year and Dermot Bolger will read from his latest novel, The Lonely Sea and Sky.

Visiting from the UK, Ian McGuire and Jon McGregor, both long listed for the Booker Prize, will read at the festival, as will Sarah Perry, whose novel, The Essex Serpent, is the Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016. Brendan Barrington, editor at Penguin Ireland and of the Dublin Review, will be attending the festival as Editor in Residence.

Carol Drinkwater returns to Bantry to read from her new novel The Lost Girl and Lisa McInerney will read from The Blood Miracles. Poetry is again well represented with the new Ireland Chair of Poetry (2016-2019), Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paula Meehan, former Ireland Chair of Poetry (2013-2016), and former editor of Poetry Ireland, Vona Groarke.

The Children’s Festival remains as popular as ever with events this year featuring PJ Lynch, Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, and many more special events.

As well as readings from morning to night, the Festival offers an opportunity for yoga on the lawn of Bantry House, a dip in the waters of Bantry Bay and a walk through the landscape of the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way as well as chances to learn more about book and restaurant reviewing, diary writing and how to attract a literary agent.

The West Cork Literary Festival runs from July 14th to 21st and is generously supported by The Arts Council, Cork County Library and Arts Service and Fáilte Ireland. Booking for workshops now available here, Telephone: 027 52788, LoCall: 1850 788 789.

IRELAND FOLK FEST KILLARNEY 7 July - 9 July The 3rd annual

Folkfest Killarney rolls into Killarney from July 7-9.

A festival for music lovers, Folkfest Killarney promises to satisfy every taste! With a dizzying selection in the best of Irish music, upcoming indie acts with some superstars of World music added to the mix.

Grammy nominated, Nigerian superstar Femi Kuti will headline the festival. Femi’s version of ‘Afro- Beat has been described as the most exciting sound to emerge from Nigeria in years.

Indian supergroup The Bollywood Masala Orchestra will bring you into the world of dance, music, dynamic rhythm and spirituality that characterises the incredible India we know today.

Lisa Hannigan, Lisa O’Neil and Wallis Bird, three of Ireland’s leading female vocalists will make the trip to the Kingdom and perform at what is becoming one of Ireland’s most unique festivals.

Something amazing happens when Hothouse Flowers step onto a stage and we cannot wait to see what they bring to the INEC Stage.

Making their second appearance at the festival will be Lankum, Aldoc and Kíla with family group Na Mooney’s, brothers Ye Vagabonds, awesome foursome No Crows and Corca Dhuibhne songstress Bernie Pháid will make their Folkfest Killarney debut.

Festival programmer Conor Byrne said “Following on from two successful years at Folkfest Killarney, one of the great joys for me is observing the joy of the faces in the audience. There will be plenty of smiles during this year’s festival!

“It’s going to be a fantastic 3-day music spectacle, that will have you floating back to where ever you came from of a Monday! Bigí linn”.

Located at the INEC Killarney, a stone’s throw from the world-Famous Killarney National Park, Folkfest Killarney has the music to give it the ultimate festival feel while having all hotel comforts.

A choice of onsite accommodation plus restaurants, bars, Spa, & Gym help make it the ultimate break away and give you the best of both worlds! Stay tuned for more acts to be announced and with music from Dusk till Dawn the festival promises to be the best one yet!

Line Up:

Friday: Lisa Hannigan, Wallis Bird & Lisa O’Neill

Saturday: Femi Kuti, Hothouse Flowers, Lankum, Aldoc, Na Mooneys Ye Vagabonds

Sunday: Bollywood Masala Orchestra, Kila, No Crows, Bernie Pháid

Further information, tickets and accommodation package  information:

Phone: 064 6671555

For more information please contact Ceara Scanlon on 064 6671531 or

CHARLIE CHAPLIN FESTIVAL August 24th - 27th August

Your guide to Summer's greatest festivals

Back in the 1960’s Charlie Chaplin and his wife Oona came to Waterville by default, rather than design, and immediately fell in love with the place.

Chaplin was spellbound by its extraordinary beauty and from then on continued to holiday there along with his entire family for many years.

Indeed Waterville is still a bolt hold for some of his children and grandchildren.

This, our 7th Annual Comedy Film Festival August 24th - 27th August is a showcase for Chaplin’s enormous corpus of work in the film industry.

Chaplin Classics will be screened throughout the Festival.

The pivotal event is of course the competition for film makers – The closing date for entries is 1stJune 2017.

The 4 day event is packed with Workshops, Circus performances, Film competition screenings and pop up improvised Comedy.

Other highlights include Stand-up comedian Karl Spain, Fred Cooke and Alison Spittle on Friday night.

For more details contacts them via:



Social Media: Twitter, Facebook & Linkedin

Office Phone: 066 9478818

Address: Chaplin Office, Main Street, Waterville, Co. Kerry.


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