Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.
Work with us - volunteer
Got a bit of spare time on your hands? Like to get more involved in the festival? Or maybe you run a business and are looking for a volunteering activity to bring all your employees together?
We are seeking volunteers (ages 18+) at Cork Midsummer Festival to assist with a range of activities from stewarding to market research. Volunteering is a great way to see some of our exciting events and meet new people. To register your interest and for more information, contact Liam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Work With Us - Submissions
Cork Midsummer Festival is a fully curated festival. At certain times we may invite submissions for particular projects or strands of the programme, which will be advertised here and through the Festival's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Ruairi O'Connor (General Manager, The River Lee Hotel) - Chair
Ruairi O Connor is the General Manager of the River Lee Hotel in Cork city, a Doyle Collection hotel. The Doyle Collection is an Irish, family-owned international luxury hotel group that comprises eight hotels in five vibrant cities around the world. These design-led properties provide luxury havens for modern day travellers, as well as stylish bars and restaurants for local consumers. Ruairi has 20 years’ experience working in hotels across Ireland and France, having spent time in Ashford Castle, Hayfield Manor, Radisson hotels prior to joining the Doyle collection in 2008. Supporting The Arts, Culture and Design is embedded into The Doyle Collection family history. Through his work in various hotels Ruairi has been involved with many arts and tourism projects both nationally and in the Cork Region.
Nick Canham (Talent Agent)
Nick has been a talent agent for over 20 years, working with some of the biggest names in broadcasting, comedy and sport. His first role, as Head of Live Promotions for Avalon in London, saw him responsible for over 2500 live comedy shows per year, including runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Aspen Comedy Festival and major West End productions. He has worked extensively with broadcasters across Europe and was an Editorial Director at HarperCollins publishers. He relocated to Cork in 2018 with his wife and young family and, whilst he continues to work for Vivienne Clore Management in London, he is growing his client list across a range of presenters and sports personalities in Ireland.
Anne Clarke (Theatre Producer, Dublin), Company Secretary
Anne Clarke is the founder of Landmark Productions, one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers. Since 2003, she has produced thirty plays, two operas and a musical – including seven Irish premieres and eighteen world premieres – in theatres ranging from the 90-seat Project Cube to the 1,284-seat Olympia Theatre.
She has a long association with a number of Irish writers including Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe and the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, Paul Howard. Together with regular collaborators Galway International Arts Festival and Irish National Opera, Landmark’s productions have been seen on major stages overseas: at the Barbican, National Theatre and Royal Opera House in London; at the Edinburgh International Festival; and at St Ann’s Warehouse and at BAM, New York.
She is a board member of Cork Midsummer Festival and The Lir Academy.
Landmark received the Judges’ Special Award in The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for 2011, in recognition of its ‘sustained excellence in programming and for developing imaginative partnerships to bring quality theatre to the Irish and international stage’.
Anne Clarke received the Special Tribute Award in The Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2015, in recognition of her work as ‘a producer of world-class theatre in the independent sector in Ireland’.
Orla Flynn (President, GMIT)
Previously Head of CIT Crawford College of Art & Design for over seven years, and inaugural Head of School of Humanities at CIT, following a five-year term as Head of Department of Media Communications at CIT. Sees the role played by the arts and culture as extremely significant in any plans for developing a vibrant city and region, and the activities of CIT’s Crawford College of Art & Design and Cork School of Music as being central in the region’s creative landscape. In March 2020, Orla was appointed President of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
Fiona Kearney (Director, The Glucksman)
Fiona Kearney is a curator, academic and writer. She is the founding Director of the Glucksman, an award-winning museum contemporary art museum on the campus of University College Cork. In this position, she has curated numerous exhibitions of Irish and international art including Enter Stage Left: the craft of theatre in art; Gut Instinct: Art, food and feeling; 2116: Forecast of the next century, Boolean Expressions: Contemporary art and mathematical data and Folly: Art after Architecture. Kearney has received several distinguished awards including the designation of college scholar by UCC, the NUI Prix d'Honneur from the French Government, a UCC President’s Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching and the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. From 2009-2014, she served as a member of the Arts Council of Ireland and she is currently a board member of the Irish Architecture Foundation and VISUAL Carlow.
Carla Manning (Owner of CACM Accountants and Statutory Auditors)
Carla Manning is the owner of CACM Accountants and Statutory Auditors, a proactive and innovative accountancy practice based in Cork. CACM provides a high quality personal service to all of their clients based locally, nationally and internationally. With knowledge, skills and expertise developed over 18 years, Carla and her team are well placed to meet the accounting, taxation and business needs of their client's. Carla is a past President of Network Cork and currently sits on the National Executive for Network Ireland. As well as being a member on the Board of Cork Midsummer Festival, Carla is also Head of Compliance for efolioaccounts.com, and is on the steering committee for North Side for Business. Carla has a great interest in the Arts and you will often find her seated in Cork Opera House enjoying a performance.
Nik Quaife (Irish Arts Center, New York)
Nik is currently the full-time Director of Communications & External Affairs at Irish Arts Center (IAC) in New York. With responsibility for all communications, marketing, membership, and audience services, Nik works alongside the organization's leadership and programming teams to grow the IAC's audience and profile, increase IAC's fundraising base and sustain and build the company's presence in the US and Ireland. As one of Ireland's leading arts publicists Nik is also the founder/director of the Dublin-based Zoetrope Arts PR, which since 2003 has worked in Ireland and abroad with many of the country's leading artists and theatre-makers, arts organizations, venues and festivals, across all artistic disciplines including managing communications for Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America. Nik was formerly on the board of Irish Theatre Magazine and is on the steering committee of the New York Young Leaders in the American Ireland Funds. An Irishman born in England and raised in Canada, Nik's family lives in Kilkenny and Wexford.
Cork Midsummer Festival is the registered trading name of A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited.
The organisation keeps detailed financial records, maintains strict financial controls and is transparent in its audited financial statements. The most recent statement of audited accounts (2018) are compliant with the Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for profit entities as developed in the UK in 2005 (SORP), which is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland.
The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its memorandum of association. We are committed to good governance and have embarked on the journey of compliance with The Governance Code. We are committed to comply with The Principles of Good Fundraising.
A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited is a registered charity - CHY 19295 - and is compliant with the Charities Regulator Governance Code. A Sense of Cork Mid-Summer Arts Festival Limited is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, full details as above.
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