Thursday 14 December 2017

Busy start to ninth Kanturk Arts Festival

The programme for this month's ninth annual Kanturk Arts Festival is now available throughout the town and Saturday, March 18 appears to be the busiest day in the history of the festival.

From 9am, Fear na Coillte (Will Fogarty) will be using his chainsaw to make a "mystery" companion piece in O'Brien Street Park for the fabulous "Giant Hare" he created last year.

Local artist Stephen Flynn is giving a pastel workshop in the Trade Union Hall from 10am-1pm. All materials will be provided. The class costs €10 and bookings can be made at 087/8339137.

The ever popular Messy Hands Kids Workshops take place in the Edel Quinn Hall from 10am-11am (under 5's) and 11.45am-12.45pm (5-10 year olds). The workshops cost €6 per child. Bookings at 086/4095291 or

In the Credit Union, Strand Street at 11am, there will presentations to the winners of the Kanturk Credit Union Schools' Art Competition.

In a new venture, this year sees a "Lunch-Time Pop-Up Art Festival" featuring Polish dancing, Shakespearean recitals, music, poetry, story-telling and more. Between 12 and 2pm a variety of acts will be performing 15 minute pieces in the coffee-shops around the town and in a few surprise locations as well.

From 2.30-4.30pm in the Edel Quinn Hall there are Swing Dance Classes with Swing Dance Cork. There is no need to register in advance, just tun up in the hall with your dancing shoes! There are two one hour classes, costing €5.00 each.

Karen O'Riordan from the Local Studies and Reference Department, Cork City Library is giving a genealogy lecture on how to trace your ancestors in the Trade Union Hall between 3 and 4pm. The lecture is free and to book a place text TALK to 087/9444523.

There will be a break taken from 5pm to allow everyone watch the Ireland v. England rugby match and then there is a wonderful concert to bring this very busy Saturday to a close.

Eoin Leahy, a baritone with a long and varied list of credits including touring France with Co-Opera Ireland performing a lead role in Puccini's "Madame Butterfly", will perform along with classical guitar entertainer, Noel Walsh, in Kanturk Courthouse from 8pm.

This promises to be a unique and very special concert in a glorious setting. There is no entrance fee for this event that will bring the curtain down on a marvellous day of art throughout the town.

Kanturk Arts Festival takes place from Wednesday, March 15 to Sunday, March 19. Details of all events can be found at and on the Arts Festival Facebook page.


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