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We challenge you to create something that will inspire, engage, question, puzzle, amuse, seduce and otherwise influence the citizens of Midleton. Interactive art is our particular obsession. Interactive work convenes society around itself. It generates roles. It provokes actions. It transforms participants into active contributors to a creative process.

Your event can be tiny, for example setting up and easel on the street and painting

Or huge, making a large land art installation along the whole Main Street. Get creative, have fun, and let’s make 2019 a magical and memorable mid May Festival!


The Vibrant Artists Community of Midleton and Surrounds come together in mid-May to present their work, experiment, stretch imaginations and raise the spirits of the local community.

Feel the town buzz the minute you step foot on the street. Expect the unexpected and bring your friends and family along to take part in the many activities!

Take an art trail through Midleton, an architecture tour, listen to music in the market, and poetry in the bookstore, learn songwriting, watch great theatre, listen to music in St. John’s church, visit the festival club to brush shoulders with local creators, discover hidden gems and unknown corners of the town, make a mask, dance and sip cocktails at the Jameson & Jazz Masked Ball.

Fun for children, the festival enriches their lives and gives them playful ways to make art, be inspired, and make new friends. Don’t miss the incredible Junkyard Playground, the Busking Competition, and children’s and teens Film in the Courthouse, a showcase of the best of their films and animations.

For artists, the festival gives a platform to display art in the Shop Front Gallery along the whole Main Street and in other surprising places around the town! Peek down alley ways and don’t forget to look VERY closely at the stone walls, especially down Distillery Lane!

And if you want your spirits lifted, join the huge Kindred Spirits Drum Circle in Bailick Park.



Nice One, to the creators and organisers of Midleton Arts Festival. The weekend was so amazing and such a great display of the talent and creativity so abundant here in East Cork…..there was something for everyone to see and do and the energy in the town was phenomenal. This is an ideal forum for ECMP participants to express themselves and demonstrate their creative capacities….Thank you all for organising such a Fabulous Festival!!!

Clare Seymour/project coordinator ECMP

I saw so many beautiful people dreamers, artists , moms, dads , brothers and sisters , drummers, youth workers , the young people and older wise warriors who all come together in a shared humanity! It was really an amazing thing to stand back from and witness. Well done Ilse de Ziah. A beautiful day for Midleton and for Humanity….John Wayne McSweeney

One of the best events I was ever at in Midleton. What an experience. Bravo Midleton Arts Festival. Fergus McCarthy

Well done thanks for streaming it. I could see it from the hospital in cork. You folks rock!‪ Cormac Brenock

Great festival. As has been said already there really was something for everyone. Looking forward to next year already. Congratulations to all involved.‪ Paul Casey

Everyone looks great. Midleton is so lucky to have all this talent. Keep it up guys. Clare Buckley

This was really super yesterday. The street came alive with music. Well done to all the buskers – fab Claire O Sullivan