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City Of Ideas

City Of Ideas



Various times


Various venues

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Free but ticketed

Here in Cork Midsummer HQ we are very proud of our city. Cork is a wonderful place to live and work and create and we think that Cork has the capacity to dream even bigger and to be a city where magical, life-changing moments can happen all over the city and where these moments can be enjoyed and experienced by all the people of Cork.

Cork is renowned for its vibrant artistic community and we are very lucky to have so many wonderful venues and arts spaces in the city but we challenge you to think of the entire city as a space, your space. Any space in city can be a stage, can be a canvas, can be a place where ideas come to life.

We have invited some big thinkers and big doers to this year’s festival to tell you about the incredible work they have been doing in other cities and to whet your appetite and fire your imagination for things you never dreamed possible. This is Cork… this is your city. It belongs to every one of us and we invite you to think big and to imagine what your city can be… anything is possible!

All talks are free but ticketed

Helen Marriage: Artichoke
The Everyman, Monday 19 June – 4pm
Helen is artistic director of Artichoke, a company whose large scale events transform landscapes and expectations through their unique way of realising the ambitions of artists and the dreams of the public. Helen will give an illustrated talk about her work, presented in partnership with the Everyman.

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Luke Jerram
Crawford College of Art & Design, Tuesday 20 June – 6pm
Luke’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects, including Play Me, I’m Yours where he places street pianos in cities around the world for people to play and enjoy and Park and Slide where he installed a 95-metre water slide on a Bristol street for one day only. Luke is visiting Cork Midsummer Festival with his piece Museum of the Moon, he will give an illustrated talk about his work.

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Amanda Coogan
The Lookout Room, River Lee Hotel, Wednesday 21 June – 1pm
Amanda is is one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary visual artists practicing in the arena of performance and her extraordinary work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating. She works across the medias of live art, durational performance, photography and video. Amanda Coogan will be in conversation with Chris Clarke, senior curator of The Glucksman.

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Bob Crowley
Glucksman Gallery, Thursday 22 June – 3pm
Bob is a theatre and set designer, originally from Cork and based in London. He has worked extensively with the Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in London as well as on numerous Broadway and West End productions. Bob is the winner of seven Tony awards. This public interview will take place in the setting of the Glucksman’s exhibition SET in TIME: Drawings from the Serge Lifar Collection. Bob Crowley will be in conversation with Fiona Kearney, director of The Glucksman.

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