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Cork Midsummer Festival is delighted to announce an exciting new platform for artists living and working in Cork as part of the 2013 Festival.

Since its inception in 1997 Cork Midsummer Festival has been a catalyst for the development of emerging theatre artists in Cork, with companies including Asylum, Hammergrin and Playgroup, and playwrights like Lynda Radley, Ursula Rani Sarma, Raymond Scannell and Enda Walsh, presenting significant early work as part of the Festival. Current Festival Director Tom Creed started his own career as a director at the Festival, and is eager to provide new opportunities for talented artists who have made a commitment to living and working in Cork.

In 2013, the Festival will invite three or four companies or artists, who are living and/or working in Cork and developing innovative new work in the performing arts, to present a new project in the Festival as part of a new platform entitled WE LIVE HERE. This platform will have particular focus on theatre and dance, in either traditional or unusual venues, but may also include innovative new live performance in music, opera, visual arts or outdoor arts. WE LIVE HERE artists or companies will receive a small financial contribution, as well as significant artistic, marketing, production and technical support from the Festival team, with a view to presenting a number of performances as part of Cork Midsummer Festival between 21st-30th June 2013.

Interested artists and companies should submit a CV and cover letter, outlining your experience to date and your areas of interest, examples of your recent work, as well as details of the project you would propose to develop as part of WE LIVE HERE and how you would hope to benefit from the programme. Please mark submissions WE LIVE HERE and send to Tom Creed, Festival Director, at or Civic Trust House, 50 Pope’s Quay, Cork, by 5pm on Friday 1st February 2013.