Exciting line-up unveiled for Midsummer Festival
The Cork Midsummer Festival will return to the city from June 15-24 with a packed programme of events in a wide variety of genres to suit all ages and tastes.
An annual multidisciplinary festival that uses Cork City as its backdrop and inspiration, it will once again feature a veritable smorgasbord of eclectic events that will transform the city into a wonderland of ideas and creativity.
Over the 10-days of the festival it will host more than 55 separate literary, theatrical and musical events, with thousands of people expected to take the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the Festival and revel in its unique atmosphere.
One of the undoubted highlights of this years festival will be The Corcadora Theatre Company's production of award-winning writer Elias Canetti's thought-provoking play 'The Numbered' at Fitzgerald's Park. It asks how would we change as individuals and as a society if each of us knew the exact age at which we were going to die.
Other highlights from the exciting programme will include the world première of the stage adaptation of Louise O'Neill's novel 'Asking For It', the BrokenCrow Theatre Company's 'Blackwater Babble' - a moving story of forty summers spent traversing the River Blackwater, Liam Heylin's hilarious new play 'Lex Talionis' and 'Suitcase Full of Groceries' - a homage to the history of package holidays from the pen of writer and performer Sandy Kelly.
Musical highlights will include 'Union Black, an explosive hip-hop dance fusion from the Far From the Norm collective, an evening in the company of Oscar-nominated composer and experimental pianist Hauschka and concerts by Little Green Cars with Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Mick Flannery with Hanor George and Cork chanteuse Camille O'Sullivan.
The Festival will also see the return of the popular 'Picnic in the Park' supported by Cork City Council on Sunday, June 17. Promising five hours of fun for all the family, Fitzgerald's Park will be packed with entertainment, from puppets to magicians, boat trips to danceathons.
There will also be plenty to do for children over the course of the festival, including Tiny Dancer, a DJ set for kids with Dónal Dineen.
Full details of the programme, including ticketing information is available at www.corkmidsummer.com.