festival 2020 vision
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 mid May arts festival.
Our theme is 2020 Vision, our slogan is “I am biodegradable” 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 May 17-19, we will advertise and support you and guide you to the best place to set up/perform/exhibit/pop up.
Join the team, make an event, and let’s make a 2020 Vision happen!
A group of us met as part of One World Week to start the ball rolling for MAF2020, 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.
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! Magical May events for all ages; children’s busking competition, make art on the street, great exhibitions, music, meditative dance, drumming circle, poetry, film, bohemian discussions, outstanding theatre. There really is something for everyone in Midleton’s Arts Festival.
“Tread Lightly” is our theme for 2019. Midleton is a town full of welcoming artists and visionaries and artists and exhibitions will focus attention on the environment through Land Art, with intimate creations to huge recycled-material-filled willow fish, a Fire show ‘Firestorm’ by Inferno late on Saturday night will thrill you, the huge drumming circle around the Kindred Spirits Feather Sculpture will raise your spirits, pop up events and improvised moments will excite and inspire. This festival is a place for you to feel free and inspired and creative.
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 and Land Artist Gerry Barry will be creating a special piece in Midleton at the Baby’s Walk.