More social commentary is included in the festival line-up with 100% Cork, which involves 100 locals taking to the Opera House stage to tell stories and paint a portrait of their city.
Music, dance, and theatre will also play big roles in the festival, which runs from Jun 21-30.
Icelandic quartet and Sigur Rós collaborators Amiina will work with Cork Educate Together students, UCC’s school of music, and UCC Gamelan Orchestra, to interpret their music through the ancient gamelan instrumental ensemble (an Indonesian form of music) in the Opera House project Gamiina.
The Triskel Christchurch will, meanwhile, premiere acclaimed 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.
Meanwhile, the city’s diverse music will be featured throughout the festival, with local singer-songwriter Mick Flannery performing a very special opening night gig in Cork City Hall.
Playing throughout the festival, Ray Scannell’s production DEEP, a reincarnation of Ireland’s home of house music, Sir Henry’s, celebrates 10 years since the infamous institution closed its doors forever.
After the success of Starlight last year, Fearghus Ó Conchúir will present more world-class dance with new show Cure, and New York- based choreographer Luke Murphy will return to his home city with the premiere of Icarus.
The festival also hosts the world premiere of award-winning playwright Carmel Winters’ (B for Baby, Snap) Best Man featuring Derbhle Crotty at The Everyman, as well as Ailís Ní Riain’s collaboration with Corcadorca, the intimate production The Tallest Man in the World. Also, John O’Brien will return as music director for Cork Opera House’s dazzling production of María de Buenos Aires, a tango opera by Astor Piazzolla.
Festival director Tom Creed said in a time where innovation and creativity are needed more than ever, the arts are vital in helping us imagine the kind of society we want to live in: “This year’s festival is a celebration of the people of Cork and the creative city in which we live and work.”