International stars to reopen The Kino 

International stars to reopen The Kino 

Promoters Ed O'Leary and Joe Kelly (The Good Room) have announced that they will be taking over Cork’s former art house cinema, the Kino on Washington Street, opening mid-September as a live music venue, theatre space, bar and café.

THE Kino, Cork’s former art-house cinema, is set to reopen on Friday, September 13, as part of the Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival.

The Good Room promoters Ed O’Leary and Joe Kelly recently announced that they are taking over the Washington Street premises and turning it into a live music venue, theatre space, bar and café.

Sounds from a Safe Harbour will present Odyssey in The Kino, featuring Todd Dahlhoff, Leslie Feist, and Shahzad Ismaily at 9pm on September 13. Tickets are €25.

On Saturday, September 14 Swedish artist sir Was will play at 10pm. Tickets cost €15.

Todd Dahlhoff, Leslie Feist, and Shazad Ismaily’s Odyssey project was born of a series of improvisations made during their 37d03d residency in Berlin in August 2018. The performance is based on Emily Wilson’s lucid translation of Homer’s Odyssey.

The trio experimented with reframing the text as well as manipulating electric, electronic, and acoustic instruments. This work-in-development performance will debut at the festival and will include a greek chorus-like choir.

Sir Was (Joel Wästberg) will perform in The Kino on the following night. The alternative/indie performer grew up in the tiny village of Frillesås on the western coast of Sweden. He had an early career as a jazz saxophonist that led to studying in the city of Gothenburg, where he finally settled.

He studied in the University of Kwasulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. From there, he started focusing more on drums, and learned about pan-African rhythms and sounds. He also traveled through Mozambique and Zimbabwe, finding musical inspiration along the way.

His music is a marriage of organic instrumentation, synthetic sounds, and head-bobbing beats. His debut album Digging a Tunnel was critically acclaimed, with BBC Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne choosing it as her album of 2017. His next album will be released later this year.

Tickets for Odyssey and sir Was go on sale at 10am next Monday, August 26, from or

Sounds from a Safe Harbour is curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National; director of 37d03d Mary Hickson; actor Cillian Murphy; and playwright Enda Walsh. Cork will get an exciting six days of music, dance, visual art, and conversation.

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