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Cork Midsummer Festival announces new Head of Participation & Engagement

Cork Midsummer Festival announces new Head of Participation & Engagement

Cork Midsummer Festival is delighted to announce that Kath Gorman will initiate a new role at the festival as Head of Participation and Engagement.

In this new role, Ms Gorman will manage a number of important projects such as a Creative Europe funded circus and hip-hop project celebrating Circus250 and a Cork City Council arts office funded visual arts project in partnership with CIT Crawford College of Art.

Cork Midsummer Festival Board Chair Jane Anne Rothwell said ‘We are delighted to welcome Kath to this position, which is an important step for the Festival and a statement of our commitment to increasing participation and engagement in the Festival. Cork Midsummer Festival has long been recognised as a leader in the delivery of participative and socially engaged projects and we are thrilled to be able to create a role that will enable us to further develop and strengthen this into the future as a core part of the Festival’s work’.

Cork Midsummer Festival Director Lorraine Maye welcomed Kath's appointment saying ‘Kath’s passion and expertise will bring a huge amount to this really important role – it’s thrilling to think about what could be achieved over the next few years in partnership with artists, communities and stakeholders.’

Kath Gorman says ‘I'm delighted and hugely excited to be taking on this new role. I look forward to scoping out potential project ideas, generating new partnerships and collaborators and investigating how to engage local people more in the work we do including audience development activities.

Lorraine Maye will continue as Festival Director, with Conall Ó Riain as Communications and Development Manager, assisted by Administrative Officer, Liam Curtin.

Cork Midsummer Festival 2018 will run June 15-24.