Cork Midsummer Festival with a difference coming to peoples' homes this June

Cork Midsummer Festival with a difference coming to peoples' homes this June
Lorraine Maye of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Picture Dan Linehan

Cork Midsummer Festival has announced its Midsummer Moments series of events and experiences in place of what would be a programme of theatre, literature, dance and visual arts in the city.

In light of Covid-19 the Cork Midsummer Festival as people knew it was forced to cancel but organisers have worked with partners to bring the festival into peoples’ homes this June.

An innovative take on the norm, people can still enjoy a programme of high-quality arts events and experiences from their own homes from June 10 to 21.

Festival Director Lorraine Maye announced details of the series of activities which will be held in line with the Government guidelines.

Ms Maye said that “nothing will replace” the annual festival which draws thousands of people and hundreds of artists each year but that organisers are “proud” to keep the Cork Midsummer light shining.

“While social distancing continues, the challenge for the arts and other sectors is huge. We are proud to be working with Cork partners, 40 Irish and international artists and a range of participants from our community to keep the Cork Midsummer light shining in June,” she said.

She said that she looks forward to the “bright festival days” of Cork Midsummer Festival next year.

People can take part in four different ways: outdoors, at home, with artists in residence or in discussions.

Just some of the lineup includes a theatre performance from Corcadorca which people can view from their own gardens; a site-specific audio walk by Tom Lane, narrated by Mark D’Aughton and Olwen Fouéré; Cork’s Long Table Picnic at Home; a long-distance arts project with Little Druids for Humanity; A DJ set from Cork’s very own Stevie G; online film, sound and visual artwork from artist Marie Brett in collaboration with writer Katie Holly, Day of the Straws, explores how social history surrounding the 1832 Cholera epidemic relates to Covid-19; and Ali Fitzgibbon will facilitate an online discussion, titled Turning Point, with Cork artists and freelance arts workers, to name just some of what is on offer from June 10.

For the full listing of events, visit https://www.corkmidsummer.com/.

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