Festival 2022

Art in a Climate of Change

The Vibrant Artists Community of Midleton and Surrounds come together in July this year, 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! Magical events for all ages; a Fireshow, children’s busking competition, making natural art in the Farmers Market Square, great exhibitions, talks, music, meditative dance, drumming circle, poetry, film, bohemian discussions. There is something for everyone in Midleton’s Arts Festival.

The MAF team love to work with and highlight the great work being done by local groups so if you have any event or happening that might tie in with the festival they would be very happy to include it in the schedule. You can get involved, by volunteering your time or talents, and enjoy being part of the vibrant MAF community. We will also make a call out to artists who would like to display and sell their work in the Sunday Art Market in the Market Square.

New May Events!

We are thrilled to announce some wonderful events during May and June. These are all organised by and involve our amazing team of artists who run the festival and festival events throughout the year. Please support these powerful performers in even one event. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2022
After the success of last year’s event we will hold more free stop motion animation workshops on zoom for children age 8 to 18.  
The final shorts will be shown in a premiere online screening on Saturday 11th June for Cruinniú na nÓg.

We invite you to take part and discover the joy of Stop Motion Animation in two free online workshops! email info@midletonartsfestival.com to book in your child now.

Tutors Belinda Walsh and Ilse De Ziah have been running the Midleton Arts Festival for many years. Their dream is to make art and creativity an accessible and enjoyable part of everyday life for all.

Group 1: 8-12yrs, 11.30 -1pm, 15th and 21st May

Group 2: 13-18yrs, 1.30 – 3pm, 15th and 21st May

Theatre: Alice Barry perfroms LIV!

A tour de force! Liv, written and performed by Alice Barry, directed by Jason Byrne. Wallis’s, Midleton this Friday 6th at 8pm,  Coliemore House, Cobh May 14th, Greywood Arts May 28th. 
Please support these local venues and professional theatre artist. 

LINK FOR TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/313514388977

Scarlet String Quartet Concert for Spring

Scarlet String Quartet Concert

Ballymaloe Grainstore hosts the Scarlet String Quartet for a concert of exquisite and virtuosic music to celebrate Spring and new beginnings. Hungarian Dances by Brahms, beautiful favourites from Debussy, Florence Price and Ravel, and other glorious sunlight filled music. The quartet’s love of melody and passion in the music they play makes for a fulfilling and powerful performance.

LINK FOR TICKETS: https://ssq-ballymaloegrainstore.eventbrite.ie

Put the date in your diary, bring a friend and treat yourself to a concert of moving, inspiring and beautiful music to get a Spring in your step!

FESTIVAL 2022 JULY 15 – 17

The centrepiece of the festival is a Fine Art Exhibition ===

We will hold an event on Monday 18 July to celebrate “World Listening Day”, the international festival of listening.

Sunday will feature an Art Market where artists are invited to bring their art along to sell in the market square, with music and entertainment for children.

Our festival is a celebration of our community and its relationship with art. With so many talented artists in the area and wonderful art teachers in the schools, creativity is bubbling in East Cork throughout the year. MAF creates an opportunity to showcase, share and express this ongoing creativity during the festival.

festival vision

We are aiming to do no poster printing, use an app for information, extend the Saturday market to celebrate and investigate the local food artisans, growers and sustainable possibilities for Midleton.

We want people to be involved. We would love all artists and creatives to spend time together during the festival. We hope to create a space for artists to create and bounce ideas around, get inspired, meet new friends. The organisers are volunteers, so there is very little time and funding for us to organise every event but if you have something you can offer, and it suits to present it during July 16th – 18th. We will advertise and support you and guide you to the best place to set up/perform/exhibit/pop up.

A group of us met as part of One World Week and here is the lovely video shot by Kara Sweeney to get you started with ideas or be enticed to join one of our idea teams.


What a glorious festival we had in May 2019! Captured so beautifully by East Cork filmmaker Kara Sweeney of Twenty4Films.

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