Cork Midsummer Festival’s 2013 Programme Has Been Launched!

Festival Director and Cork native Tom Creed today, 9th May, unveiled the full programme for Cork Midsummer Festival 2013, an invigorating selection of theatre, opera, music and visual arts, which will captivate and transfix the city for 10 days from 21st – 30th June.

Speaking at the launch of the programme in the Bodega, Festival Director Tom Creed said:
“In a time where innovation and creativity are needed more than ever, the arts play a vital role in helping us imagine the kind of society we want to live in. This year’s Cork Midsummer Festival is a celebration of the people of Cork and the creative city in which we live and work.”

The Festival tradition of unique events in unexpected places continues with Mammalian Diving Reflex’s quirky project Eat The Street. In what promises to be a Festival highlight, some of the best-known restaurants in Cork will be reviewed by local children in a sweet and hilarious political commentary on society’s relationship with its younger citizens. The trend of engaging social commentary continues this year with 100% Cork presented by internationally renowned documentary theatre makers Rimini Protokoll, who have partnered with trailblazing Irish director Una McKevitt.  This unique and innovative theatre project puts 100 Corkonians, representative of the city’s social diversity, on the Opera House stage to tell their stories and paint a portrait of this small but perfectly formed city!

Cork’s diverse music heritage will be evidenced throughout the festival, with local singer-songwriter Mick Flannery performing a very special opening night gig in Cork City Hall on Midsummer Night. Playing throughout the festival, Ray Scannell’s production DEEP, a reincarnation of Ireland’s home of house music, Sir Henry’s, celebrates 10 years since the infamous institution closed its doors forever.

Showing the world to Cork through music, Sigur Ros collaborators Amiina will work with Cork Educate Together students, the UCC School of Music and UCC Gamelan Orchestra to interpret their music through the ancient Gamelan instrument in the Cork Opera House project Gamiina. Internationally renowned music will also be hosted during the Festival in the hallowed surroundings of Triskel Christchurch, with the premiere of acclaimed Belfast-born composer Ian Wilson’s jazz concerto The Hours, and a performance by one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups The Hilliard Ensemble.

Celebrating the role Cork Midsummer Festival has played in supporting emerging talent (including that of it’s current Director Tom Creed), We Live Here platforms six young companies living and working in Cork, including theatre, dance, music and circus, and offers a snapshot of the exciting arts scene in the rebel city at the moment. The showcase will run throughout the Festival, opening at dawn on Midsummer’s morning with Ruairi Donovan’s Witches, and will also include performances from Eat My Noise, Conflicted Theatre, Creative Connections, Makeshift Ensemble and Riuchi.

After the success of Starlight in 2012, Fearghus Ó Conchúir will present more world class dance with his new show Cure, and New York based choreographer Luke Murphy will return to his home city with the premiere of Icarus. Whilst crossing genres, Farewell Cork will feature song, storytelling and dance in an exploration of saying goodbye, and HotForTheatre’s I ♥ Alice ♥ I will blur the boundaries of theatre and documentary.

Showcasing the best in Cork performance, the Festival hosts the world premiere of award-winning playwright Carmel Winters’ (B for Baby, Snap) Best Man featuring Derbhle Crotty at The Everyman, as well as Ailís Ní Riain’s collaboration with Corcadorca, the intimate production The Tallest Man in the World.  Following the success of Pagliacci in 2012, John O’Brien will return to the Festival as music director for Cork Opera House’s dazzling production of María de Buenos Aires, a Tango Opera by Astor Piazzola.

The tradition of sound art in Cork is explored from a wide variety of perspectives throughout the Festival. Brinks Helm, the innovative fusion of art and music curated by The Black Mariah and featuring industrial music pioneers Chris and Cosey of Throbbing Gristle at midnight on the opening night, sits easily alongside works like Gorging Limpet, a site-specific performance installation by artist Karen Power and filmmaker Maximillian Le Cain, as well as Stephen Vitiello’s intriguing sound and visual installation From Another Room in the spectacular surroundings of St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh.

Cork Midsummer Festival are also delighted to partner with some of the country’s best galleries and artists studios, with a stimulating programme of visual arts running throughout the festival, including Cork Printmakers’ fifth International Temporary Residency, Analysing Cubism at Crawford Art Gallery, and the thought provoking Cruel and Unusual exhibition illustrating life behind bars at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.

View the programme online at, download a copy of our spectacular brochure at, or pick up your own copy of the brochure at venues across the city!
Tickets for the entire programme go on sale Friday 17th May.