Sunday 25 August 2019

Arts festival fever set to grip Mallow

Exciting line-up of events planned for the 2019 Mallow Arts Festival

Bill Browne

The man dubbed 'Mallow's greatest living artist', internationally renowned sound and performance artist Danny McCarthy, will officially open the third edition of the Mallow Arts Festival next Wednesday evening at 6.30pm.

The event will signal the start of a packed five day schedule of cultural events at venues across the town, with festival organisers having put together an exciting and eclectic programme to suit all ages and tastes. 

Organised by the committee of the Mallow Arts Collective, the aim of the festival is to provide a number of different types of arts and cultural events for the people of Mallow.

"The programme incorporates music, drama, visual art, literature and craft, attracting quality performances and exhibitions to the town. In addition, the festival will provide space for locals professional and amateur artists, musicians, writers and with a platform to express themselves," said a committee spokesman. 

"Through the festival we also hope to provide the wider public with an opportunity to engage in experimental learning through inclusion in workshops and community activities." 

After the formalities at the Hibernian Hotel, people will get the chance to enjoy Danny's installation 'Ghost Anvil XXVII', which will reintroduce the long gone sound of the anvil at the site of the former town forge. 

At 7.45pm acclaimed singer and musician Sean Keane, known for his distinctive sean-nós style, will play this years headline concert at the Hibernian Hotel, with support from New York born singer/songwriter Jack Doherty. 

Over the course of the following four days venues including the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow Library, St James Church and pubs across the town will host events across a diverse range of interests. 

Thursday's highlights will include a reading in the library by award-winning poet Leanne O'Sullivan, the screening of a selection of short films featuring the Mallow area at the Gate Cinema and evening concerts featuring the music of Sliabh Luachra. 

Friday's line-up will include a radio drama workshop at the library with Conal Creedon, a performance of 'For Forever' by the Centre Stage School at the Aemilian Theatre, and a double header of acoustic pop and neo/soul featuring Ghostking is Dead and Arthur Valentine at Ocana's. 

Saturday will see the return of the popular street busking competition, a lunchtime classical music recital at St James' Church featuring the Ophelia Quartet, an aerial street show at St Mary's Church Yard, a concert entitled 'Bella Notta' featuring classic songs performed by local artists at St James' church and a gig by Cork hip-hop collective Cuttin' Heads at Kepplers. 

Sunday will see concerts at venues across the town during the day, culminating in the Festival Closing Party at Ocana's.  To see the full programme visit