In excess of 400 artists will take part in 39 events during the festival, which runs from June 17-26 and which features new venues such as the Bells of Shandon, Cork Boat Club, and Elizabeth Fort.
This year’s festival programme was launched last night at the River Lee Hotel. It includes 18 new works and is a fusion of opera, literature, theatre, dance, comedy, music, and visual arts. Family events, forums, talks, and a wide choice of free events will also take place.
In salute to the 100th anniversary commemoration of The Rising, Corcadorca is to stage Sacrifice at Easter at Barrack St’s Elizabeth Fort from June 17 to July 2.
Meanwhile, Utopia Ltd, an off-site collaborative theatre performance inspired by the biography of Roger Casement, will run from June 17-19 at Cork Boat Club.
Choreographer Ruairí Donovan will stage Soldiers, a walking performance inspired by the mobilisation of 1,000 volunteers by Tomás Mac Curtain for the Rising.
Festival artistic curator Kath Gorman said they are thrilled to once again collaborate with the city’s arts organisations “to present such a dynamic programme, bursting with the work of so many excellent artists from all over the world.”
Festival favourite ‘Picnic in the Park’ will return to Fitzgerald Park on June 19. The popular Our Table also makes a welcome return. Sponsored by BAM Ireland, Ballymaloe, Cully & Sully, and Tiger Beer, the outdoor banquet for 400 food lovers, spanning the length of Oliver Plunkett St, will see 12 of Cork’s finest restaurants joining forces on June 26.
One of the most unique events this year is ‘Be My Guest’, with Shandon residents selecting pieces from the Art Council’s permanent collection to hang in their living rooms, which will be open to the public to view.
The festival is supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Fáilte Ireland and media partners the Irish Examiner.
For details and tickets see www.corkmidsummer.com.