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Summer Comes Alive in Cork with Exciting Live Performance Programme

Cork City Council is delighted to support a jam-packed programme of live performances taking place in Cork City from the end of May through to June 30th as part of the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme (LLPPS). 

The diverse live programme includes big swing band sounds at Fitzgerald’s Park as part of Swing By the Lee; free music, circus, and comedy gigs at live music venue Coughlan’s as well as classical music performance by Cork Pops Orchestra in twenty schools and care homes across the City. New events supported include 3 River Rising, a series of folk and traditional concerts taking place at Live at St Luke’s as well as The Dad Rock Family Fun Day with big rock sounds and air guitars, celebrating Father’s Day at Marina Market. The programme kicked off on Sunday 22nd May with a Family Fun day to celebrate the opening of the Marina Park including performances from Circus Factory, Super Star Circus and Stevie G

Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and managed through the Arts Office of Cork City Council, the scheme aims to help underpin the recovery of the live performance sector and support employment opportunities for local artists, performers and those who work in the events sectorFollowing a competitive callout, eight varied programmes to suit all audiences are planned in venues, parks, schools, care homes and community settings around Cork city. 

Michelle Carew, Arts Officer at Cork City Council says, “we are delighted to support such a diverse programme of events showcasing Cork artists for the enjoyment of the public.”

The full programme of events supported by the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme Phase III in Cork City includes:

Cork Pops Orchestra Programme from May 26th to June 22nd 

Cork Pops Orchestra are delivering a programme of classical music performances across twenty schools and care homes in Cork City as well as collaborating with Nano Nagle Place, Cork Migrant Centre and The Lantern Project on a range of community-based performances and producing online resources for schools and care homes

For further information see 

Swing by the Lee Festival 2022, 29th May 12noon to 5pm.

Free open-air concerts in Fitzgerald’s Park, as part of Swing by the Lee Festival. Come enjoy performances from Laoise Leahy & Band and musical duo Sparkle, as well as swing and soul from The Songstress and Band, The Loungeman, The Franklins, Cork Singers Collective as well as Swing Dance Cork. 

For further information see Swing by the Lee 2022 |  or email [email protected]

Hifilutin Quartet

Join the Hifilutin Quartet and enjoy the luscious melodies of classical masterpieces, tap your toes to highlights from musicals and dance tunes from around the world in a series of performances in The Marina Market and Douglas Woollen Mills. Performances include: 

  • Saturday May 28th – The Marina Market 12-1.30pm
  • Friday June 3rd – Douglas Woollen Mills/ On the Pig’s Back 7.30-9pm
     Doors open early from 5pm for pre-concert food and drinks, with a Special Menu on the night. Bookings: 021-4617832
  • Saturday June 11th The Marina Market 4.30-6pm

For further information, see 

3 RIVERS RISING, June 10th and 11th, St. Luke’s

A weekend of Folk and Traditional music from all over the County of Cork, will take place 

Live at St. Luke’s on June 10th and 11th. Performances from Iarla Ó Lionáird with Cormac McCarthy, John Spillane, Karan Casey Trio & Niall & Caoimhín Vallely, Nell Ní Chróinín, Jimmy Crowley & Eve Telford, Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch, Julie Goo, Les SalAmandas, Eoin Ó Riabhaigh & Friends, Trá Phaidín plus plenty more.

For further information see . 

Local Live Performance Stage at the Carnival of Science, June 11th & June, Fitzgerald’s’ Park 

New to this year’s Carnival of Science, enjoy the best of local trad musicians at the Local Live Performance Stage, funded by the LLPPS.

Cork Carnival of Science at Fitzgerald Park features non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, garden games, street cuisine and a packed line-up of live demonstrations, big top shows, hands on workshops and entertainment. Cork Carnival of Science is supported by Cork City Council and Science Foundation Ireland.

For further information see

Summer Sounds At Coughlan’s, June 11th & 12th and June 25th & 26th

Summer programme of free events over two weekends including Comedy, Circus, Live music including:

  • June 11th Cork’s Comedy Cavern (5pm) and Whoa Mama (10pm)
  • June 12th Family Funday with Superstar Circus & Circus Disco (2.30pm) and Code Of Behaviour (5pm)
  • June 25th Paddy Dennehy and support from Lorraine Nash(6pm) and Soul Drive (10pm)
  • June 26th The White Horse Guitar Club (2.30pm) and The Frank and Walters (6.30pm)

For more information, see 

The Dad Rock Family Fun Day, June 19th Marina Market 

Cork, get ready to rock! The Dad Rocks Family Fun Day is a day celebrating all things father figures on Father’s Day – rock and funk sounds, dad jokes, air guitars and more to beat the band! Here’s to the Dads! The day of dad fun includes a raucous line-up of DJ Ian Richards, King K, One Horse Pony, Quangodelic, Harvey K and the Wrecking Crew along with special appearance from the hilariously pompous dad of the year (!!) Reggie from the Blackrock Road and much more. The day will be filled with fun antics including Best Dad Jokes Competition, Air Guitar Competition and a DIY Dad Obstacle Course and lots more surprises! 

For further information, see

Source: Cork City Council

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