Literary, theatrical, musical events as Midsummer magic descends on Cork

Literary, theatrical, musical events as Midsummer magic descends on Cork
Celebrating the launch of the 2018 Cork Midsummer Festival programme, which runs from 15-24 June, are Emily Broderick (9), Julie O’Donovan (9), Alice Broderick (7) and Lucy McCarthy (7). This year, Cork's largest annual multi-disciplinary arts festival features 56 events in 41 spaces. Picture Clare Keogh

56 literary, theatrical and musical events are organised for this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival which runs from June 15 to 24.

Over 55,000 people are anticipated to attend the 10 days of family-friendly festivities.

Included in this year’s events are Camille O’Sullivan with the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra on June 22, and the world premiere stage adaption of Asking For It by author Louise O’Neill at The Everyman on June 15 to 23.

Special performances to celebrate 250 years of circus will be performed at Picnic in the Park in Fitzgerald’s Park on June 17 and includes the Midsummer maypole dance.

In theatre, Katie Holly’s Crowman, starring Jon Kenny from D'Unbelievables, will premiere at The Granary on June 15 to 20  while Corcadorca Theatre Company’s The Numbered by Elias Canetti takes place at Fitzgerald Park on June 18 to 30.

Cork Midsummer Festival Director, Lorraine Maye said: “Across those 10 days in June, Midsummer magic descends on Cork, and we invite everyone, of all ages and interests, to take the cultural adventure with us.” 

Speaking on the programme launch, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “From the very first events, right through to closing celebrations, from dawn until dusk, for 10 days the Cork Midsummer Festival inspires artists and audiences alike to make new connections and tell new stories, to re-imagine what it is, and what it can be, to live in this great city of Cork.” 

Lorraine added: “We are so grateful to our core funders the Arts Council, Cork City Council and Fáilte Ireland, and all of our individual programme funders, sponsors, patrons and friends, who have supported the Festival to ensure that Cork Midsummer Festival remains one of the most vibrant summertime events in the country.” 

Cork Midsummer Festival is proudly supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Fáilte Ireland and by media partners RTÉ Cork, the Irish Examiner, 96FM and C103, and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

Tickets for all events go on sale this evening, Wednesday 2 May, from 7pm. For full details, visit

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