Mi­dle­ton gears up for arts fes­ti­val

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Mi­dle­ton is gear­ing up for an arts fes­ti­val which will be held in the town from May 11 to 13.

A num­ber of events are planned which the or­gan­is­ers say aims to pro­mote, ex­press and cel­e­brate cre­ativ­ity. The town’s Main St comes alive with art-filled shop fronts, im­promptu per­for­mances, busk­ing, open stu­dios and film in­stal­la­tions.

Emerg­ing as one of Cork’s lead­ing arts fes­ti­vals it will fea­ture all facets of the arts for all ages in­clud­ing film, a cre- ative play­ground, fine art, sculp­ture, craft, mu­sic, dance, lit­er­a­ture and drama. Mi­dle­ton Arts Fes­ti­val aims to pro­mote art as a way to ex­plore, re­flect and ex­press your­self.

“With its strong em­pha­sis on mak­ing the arts ac­ces­si­ble for all, it brings to­gether great artists and great au­di­ences to en­joy and par­tic­i­pate in a pro­gramme of events that range from the cut­ting edge of con­tem­po­rary art to the tra­di­tional,” said Cork County Coun­cil’s arts of­fi­cer, Ian McDon­agh.

On May 11 the town li­brary will fea­ture a range of art. The fol­low­ing day buskers are in­vited to the town to play. They’re asked to reg­is­ter at the court­house be­tween 11am and noon. Judges will then pick three win­ners who will be asked to play at the Mar­ket Green shop­ping cen­tre.

Fan­dango Duo, spe­cial­is­ing in fiery Span­ish dance mu­sic, will per­form at the lo­cal St John the Bap­tist church on Satur­day from 1pm-2pm. Ni­cole Maguire will host a free song­writ­ing work­shop on the same day from 1pm-3pm be­hind Wal­lis’ Bar.

Fes­ti­val date: Fan­dango’s David Keat­ing and Colin Mclean.

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