Programme 2018 more TBC coming soon!

Friday May 11, 2018
Street Art Launch

6.30 Kick off the festival with a wander through town with the festival team and Lisa Zagone, who we are proud to present as our artist in residence for 2018. She will be shining a light on Midleton’s Secret Spaces with her quirky and fantastical view of the world by creating a micro-art installation to come across, discover and be suprised by on and off the Main Street.

Festival Official Opening
7.00 Half Light Gallery
A Celebration of Midleton’s diverse cultural traditions
curated by Aoife Brockie – fine art in the newest art gallery in town! With music and performance.

9.00 An Seomra, Wallis’ Bar
A new play written and performed by Alice Barry
An amusing and affecting account of one desperate woman’s search for attachment in a disconnected world.  

Children’s Art Exhibition 
Open Friday – Sunday Midleton Library
A look into the world of children’s imagination, all welcome.
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Saturday May 12, 2018
Junkyard Playground
10:00am – 5:00pm My Place, Community Centre

A huge hit last year, The Junkyard Playground is a celebration of children’s play instinct and aims to foster curiosity and creativity. Using recyclable material, scissors, and duct tape, the Junkyard Playground encourages children to create their own adventures that are only limited by their imagination. Ages 4 -12 and anyone, any age who likes to play!

junkyard playground

Film & Animation
10:30am – 2:30pm Midleton Courthouse
10.30am Screening of films and animation made by local children

Screening – RAW (Resilience at work) – a glimpse into the interactive art and sound installation by ECMP and funded by  Cork Co Council’s Creative Community Scheme which took place last year.

Highlights of MAF 17

12.30 Shorts from Cork Young Filmmakers and a selection of films from First Cut Youth Film Fest
13.30 Trophy presentation  
Email Belinda to SUBMIT FILM

2pm Film Train Of Broken Light – Martin Twomey
With introduction by Kara Sweeney, Director of Production and Co Producer
Can you ever walk the same road twice? Train of Broken Light is the debut 27-minute film from Photographer Martin Twomey. It documents the return of its narrator to his native Irish landscape to retrace the footsteps of a childhood adventure that compelled him towards a life of travel and discovery, and which would ultimately draw him back to the place where it all began.
Cork Light Orchestra
10:00 – 12:00 Midleton Farmer’s Market
Enjoy buying local produce at Midleton’s famous market, grab a delicious cake and a hot drink and listen to the orchestra play popular music inspired by the salon, jazz and light orchestras of the 1920s and 30s. There will also be chance to try your hand at conducting!

Comhaltas Ui Mac Choille
12.00 to 1.30  Midleton Farmer’s Market. A group of young musicians playing traditional music.

Local History Tour
11.00 -12.00 Meet at Library – Visit Midleton’s secret spaces in a fascinating tour with local historian Tony Harpur

12.00 – 2.00pm The Fair Green
Meet Fergus for a Ukulele Gathering!

Busking Competition
12:00 – 2:00 Main Street.
All Buskers welcome to play on the Main Street all day. Judging from 12 – 2.
Young buskers can register at the courthouse on the day. Wayne will be there from 11 am till 12 pm to take names. Three buskers/groups will be picked for the finals to be held at Market Green at 3.00. Each of the finalists will play 2 songs… prize money to be announced. 
2.15 Busker Finalists announcedassemble in front of Courthouse
3:00 Buskers Finals and Award PresentationMarket Green
Come and hear the best of the buskers perform!
Sponsored by Market Green

Ceramic Trail/ Exhibition
In association with Crafty Hands Studio  – Secret Spaces Secret Words ceramic trail/exhibition with Susan Herlihy and Martin Forrest See event for workshops leading up to the festival HERE

Art and Crafts Market
12:00 – 5:00 Coachhorse Square
Beautiful local art and crafts for sale.
Email Ilse if you want to help organise or have a stall! EMAIL NOW!

St John the Baptist Recital Series
1.00 Fandango Duo  This two guitar duo brings you lively, fun, energetic, and soulful music. With relentlessly rhythmic Tangos of Astor Piazzolla, fiery Spanish dances of de Falla, fascinating chord combinations and pop sensibilities of the Beatles.
You will love them!
fandango duo
2.30 Eimear Reidy – To the Cello and Bach

Jessica Bonenfant Dance Performance TBC
In association with Greywood Arts 
Times TBC
Site-specific movement-based performances

3.00pm at Half Light Gallery
Hosted by Brigid Shelly. Demonstrations and exhibition of new work by local artists.

6.52pm – 7.52pm An Seomra, Wallis Bar
A one woman show created specially for the Midleton Arts Festival by Alice Barry

Jameson & Jazz Masked Ball
7.30 -11.00 Midleton Distillery Restaurant (side entrance)
Join the townsfolk for the best ball in town!
Five Piece “Ian Date Jazz Band” will get your toes tapping and gowns flapping!
Dress Up, make a splash, come in disguise, secrets and lies!
Wear a mask or make your own at the Transformation station when you arrive. Be early to get the best look! Tickets: €20.00 available at Midleton Books and online through eventbrite (link coming soon) Ticket includes a delicious Signature Jameson Cocktail on arrival.

After the Ball Party
11.00pm – 1.00am J.J. Coppingers with band TBA

Sunday May 13th

Young Voices – Sing on a Sunday!
11.00am – 1.00pm My Place
Children’s choirs join together in a huge mass choir event.

Discursive Event with VAI
11.00am – 12.30am J.J. Coppingers
Join Visual Arts Ireland for coffee and fascinating discussion on the festival’s theme of Secret Spaces, Secret Places and the relevance of secrecy and the inner impetus the spark of creativity causes in relation to the journey of living and surviving as an artist.

Theatre at An Seomra 
We are very excited to have more wonderful theatre this year after the success of Alice Barry’s Fruitcake. She has been planning a great Sunday afternoon of Playwrights and Performers.
Times TBC  €TBC 2.00pm – 4.00pm An Seomra
A Play Reading: A Thousand Moments of Extraordinary Pleasure by Brendan Griffin.
Read by Malcolm Adams, Mark Daughton and Alice Barry
Directed by Malcolm Adams.
Andrew likes to cross-dress. Teddy wants excitement. They meet in Andrew’s office on Friday lunchtime but their pursuit of escapism is matched by an ever-increasing threatening doom.
The Tayman, The Tomcat & Others
Jack Healy performs his newly created and captivating one man show based on stories of Eamon Kelly
“…I only heard what was said and most of that was lies” “The Tayman, The Tomcat & Others”


Kindred Spirits Drum Circle
4.00pm drumming workshop in Bailick Park
5.00pm Huge drumming extravaganza… join the workshop drummers for a huge beat off! Awaken Midleton’s spirit of community and art with a huge drumming circle. Come and dance, trance, pray or play! Last years festival and Halloween drum circles were totally uplifting and a magical experience. Don’t miss!

Drumming led by Jonathan Barlow. 30 drums will be available, so if you can drum, or just want to drum, turn up by 4:00 to set up and learn the rhythms. We will be there from 3:00.
LET US KNOW if you would like to take part or have any questions. All welcome.


Festival Finale with ECMP! 
7.00 – 9.00 Courthouse
East Cork Music Participants present a brilliant show of all their best original music and hit songs. Doors at 6.30, show starts at 7.00pm, Entrance €5
All ages welcome