Tuesday 25 July 2017

Cork Midsummer Festival unveils jam-packed 2017 programme

Cork Midsummer Festival is back for 2017.
Cork Midsummer Festival is back for 2017.
Museum of the Moon at the Nexus Hall, Cork Institute of Technology

Sasha Brady

More than 500,000 people are expect to attend Cork's largest annual arts festival - here's what they can see and do.

Cork Midsummer Festival today unveiled its 2017 programme, which is jam-packed with dance, theatre, music, food and all sorts of family-friendly events.

Taking place across 10 days between June 16 and 25, this year's festival features over 400 artists and a choice of 51 events across 40 venues

Highlights include Luke Jerram’s giant replica of the moon, Museum of the Moon at the Nexus Hall, Cork Institute of Technology (21-23 June). NASA astronaut Dr Buzz Aldrin will also give a lecture in front of the installation on June 27.

Museum of the Moon at the Nexus Hall, Cork Institute of Technology
Museum of the Moon at the Nexus Hall, Cork Institute of Technology

Pioneers of site-specific theatre, Corcadorca Theatre Company, will use the former prison site of Spike Island as their stage for the anti-war play Far Away (June 19 - July 1).

Long Table Dinner returns to the festival and it will see 12 of the city's finest restaurants and chefs showcase Cork's world-class food culture, produce and food (June 18).

Picnic in the Park, a celebration of free arts entertainment and activities, will take place in Fitzgerald Park (June 18) and The Jig in the Park will see Ireland's largest ever Maypole Dance come to life with a spectacular performance inspired by the dance show ProdiJIG.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Cork Midsummer Festival Director, Lorraine Maye said“This is truly a festival for Cork. From the diverse programme to the plethora of venues dispersed across the city, this is about making the arts accessible and enjoyable to all.

"Over the 10 days, festival goers can expect spectacular installations, ground-breaking participatory events, gripping productions, and magical experiences - all within a city known for its vision, colour and creativity.”

Check out the full list of events here.

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