Programme 2018

SPECIAL DAY EVENTS

  • Lisa Zagone Micro Art Exhibition – tiny works hidden in laneways and walls. Discover a miniature and hidden world of Midleton’s stories and people. Visit the walled area near Ramen noodles for an incredible tiny discovery. Peer into the walls around the market place entrances for tiny Arts Festival visitors! Get your kids to find the tiniest little scenes imaginable!!
  • Midleton Library Art Exhibition by Local Youth – a look into the world of children’s imagination – Art by METNS after school Art club & students of ECMP;
  • (Dis)orderly, a Process/Procession – A powerful and imaginative street procession performance by Jessica Bonenfant Coogan – time TBA
  • Ina’s Flowers Exhibition;
  • Half Light Gallery Exhibition;
  • Sequestered Spaces Exhibition – empty shops behind Ramen;
  • Midleton Books – book readings all Saturday and Poetry competition;
  • The Vintage Hut Exhibition – Midleton Community Centre (Old Gaelscoil) ;
  • John Adams Art Exhibition – The Grainstore, Ballymaloe;
  • Street Gallery – The Main Street (and off), shop windows become a huge gallery

 

FRIDAY 11th MAY

Street Art Launch - Meet at Midleton Library:
6.30 - 7.00 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 surprised by on 
and off the Main Street.

Festival Official Opening - Half Light Gallery:
7.00 A Celebration of Midleton’s Diverse Cultural Traditions 
curated by Aoife Brockie. Exhibition of Fine Art in the newest gallery in town with lounge music from Danny Brockie and Jimmy Brockie


IMG_8816Liv - An Seomra, Wallis’ Bar:
9.00 - 10.00 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. Tickets €15.00 on the door

Wallis’ Bar Festival Club:
9.30 - late with The Moon Dogs rocking out the tunes.
Featuring Conor Ocean, Steve Leahy, Barry Lawlor & Mick O’Donovan perform a mix of rock, pop, alt country & blues classics with a difference!

JJ Coppingers:
6.00 -9.00 then 10.30 - 12.30
A great line-up this weekend kicking off with Friday After Work Club with DJ Cheddar, followed by The Vestas at 10.30.

SATURDAY 12th MAY

Junkyard Playground - My Place, Community Centre:
 10:00am – 5:00pm A celebration of children’s play instinct This event will 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!

Film & Animation - Midleton Courthouse:
 10.30 Screening of films & animation by local children
 12.10 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. Also showing highlights of MAF 2017
 12.30 Shorts from Cork Young Filmmakers and First Cut Youth Film Fest
 13.30 Presentation of Trophies
 
Train Of Broken Light - Film by Martin Twomey:
 2.00 With introduction by Secret Guest Filmmaker
 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 - Midleton Farmer’s Market:
 10:00 – 12:30 Have a dance while you shop!

Local Architecture History Tour - Meet at Library:
 11.00 -12.00 – Visit Midleton’s Secret Spaces in a fascinating tour with local historian Tony Harpur

Ukuhooley - The Fair Green:
 12.00 – 2.00 Meet Fergus for a Ukulele Gathering!

Busking Competition - Main Street:
 12:00 – 2:00 All Buskers welcome to play on the Main Street
 Young buskers register at Courthouse from 11am. Three buskers/groups will be announced at 2.15 at Courthouse for

Buskers Finals and Award Presentation – Market Green:
 3:00 Come and hear the best of the buskers perform!

 Sponsored by Market Green
 
Songwriting workshop - An Seomra, Wallis' Bar:
 1.00 - 3.00 A free interactive
 workshop Nicole Maguire
 Bring your own instrument.
 All ages and levels.
 Spaces limited so book early.
 Sponsored by IMRO

St John the Baptist Recital Series - Fandango Duo:
 1.00 Two guitars play lively, fun, energetic, and soulful music.

St John the Baptist Recital Series - Eimear Reidy: 
 2.30 To The Cello and Bach A concert performed on baroque cello. Music by the 17th century  Italian composer G.B. Vitalli, Bach and well known Irish airs.

Liv - An Seomra, Wallis’ Bar:
 6.15pm Alice Barry - See Friday night. Tickets €15
 
Jameson & Jazz Masked Ball - Midleton Distillery:
 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Six Piece “Ian Date Jazz Band” will get
 your toes tapping and gowns flapping for the best ball in town! Dress Up, make a splash, come in disguise,
 secrets and lies! Wear a mask or make your own at the “Transformation Station” Tickets: €20.00
 available at Midleton Books and online with Eventbrite 18+
 
After the Ball Party - J.J. Coppingers:
 11.00pm – 1.00am with live band 21+
SUNDAY 13th MAY

Yoko Ono Secret Piece - behind Baby Walk, the forest
 5am - 8am Come and play Yoko Ono's Secret Piece at dawn! Bring an instrument that you can play one note on!
 A beautiful meditative and mindfulness experience with
 the dawn chorus. Stay as long as you wish. All welcome
 
Young Voices Sing on a Sunday! - My Place:
 11.00 – 1.00 Children’s choir's join together in a fun choir event.
 
Discursive Event - J.J. Coppingers:
 11.00 – 12.30 With Land Artist Gerry Barry,Set Designer Lisa Zagone & Artistic Directors of MAF Belinda Walsh & Ilse de Ziah. 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.
 
THE QUIET CLUB - St John the Baptist Church:
 1.00pm with special guests Irene Murphy and Harry Moore.
 The Quiet Club are one of Ireland’s leading improvised music and sound art groups, pushing the boundaries of sound making and listening. A come and go event and the audience are encouraged to move around the church to experience the beautiful acoustics of the venue. All welcome

MAF Theatre Program - An Seomra, Wallis’ Bar:
 2.00 A Thousand Moments of Extraordinary Pleasure 
 by Brendan Griffin - a play reading 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.
 Running Time; approximately 1hr Tickets; Donation. Adult themes
 The Tayman, The Tomcat & Others - An Seomra, Wallis’ Bar:
 3.00 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. Running Time; 65mins Tickets; €10
 
Kindred Spirits Drum Circle - Feather Monument, Bailick Park:
 4.00 Drumming Workshop with Jonathan Barlow
 5.00 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! All Welcome

JJ Coppinger's
6.00 -8.30
The Savage Yanks Two Man Band composed of Colin Savage and Philip O 'Neill.From Nirvana to Neil Diamond.Craic guaranteed. thesavageyanks@Gmail.com.snap chat:thesavageyanks
 
Festival Finale with ECMP! - The Courthouse: 
 6.30 Doors open, 7.00 – 9.00 East Cork Music Project present a brilliant show of all their best original music and hit songs. Entrance €5 All welcome

 

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Alex O’Brien, aged 10, pictured with the Perpetual Trophy for Short Film made by Martin Buckley for Midleton Arts Festival Diane Cusack

Train Of Broken Light
2.00 The Courthouse
Film by Martin Twomey
With introduction by Secret Guest Filmmaker
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.
See Trailer!

Cork Light Orchestra
10:00 – 12:30 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!
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Comhaltas Ui Mac Choille
12.30 to 1.30  Midleton Farmer’s Market. A group of young musicians playing traditional music.

Nicole Maguire songwriting workshop
1pm to 3pm
An Seomra
email maguirenic@gmail.com to book a space
 
A free interactive workshop with professional published musician Nicole Maguire
Bring your own instrument

open to all ages and levels…spaces ltd so book early

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Midleton Books

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Poetry Competition 2018 ‘The secret space inside my head’ a poem about hopes and dreams or maybe crazy daydreams…its up to you!
3 age categories; 5 to 8,  8 to 12, 12 to 15
Book tokens to winners
Entries to be dropped off at Midleton Books, Main St, Midleton before weekend of 5th May

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

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

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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

Busking
Master storyteller, Eddie Lenihan, pictured watching Milo McCarthy, aged 10, busking outside his parents book store, as part of the festivities of the Midleton Arts Festival in Midleton at the weekend. Pic: Diane Cusack

Ceramic Trail/ Exhibition of ‘Haiku in Clay’
2.00pm Crafty Hands Cermaic Studio. 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 Saturday or Sunday TBC
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!
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2.30 Eimear Reidy – To the Cello and Bach
Cork based cellist, Eimear Reidy enjoys a busy performing career throughout Europe both as a chamber musician and soloist. As a baroque cellist, Eimear  has performed with some of the most accomplished performers in this field in some of Europe’s finest concert halls, including The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Filharmonia, Krakow and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Eimear enjoys a diversity of musical practices and collaborations, such as improvisation, experimental electronic music, sound art and composition. Eimear is a founding member of the Irish early music ensemble The Hibernian Muse whose album, Irish Airs and the Music of Carolan was recorded and released for RTE Lyric FM in 2014. Recently Eimear has collaborated with artists such as Robert Curgenven, The Quiet Club and GaitKrash theatre ensemble. Eimear is a recipient of a 2018 Music Project Award from The Arts Council for the composition of  a piece for solo cello and found sound from Heir Island

 

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

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

‘Liv’
7.00pm An Seomra, Wallis Bar

A new play written and performed by Alice Barry.

An affecting account of one desperate woman’s search for viability and the ultimate sacrifice necessary to salvage her shattered life.

Running Time; approximately 1 hr

Tickets €15

Jameson & Jazz Masked Ball
7.30pm – 10.30pm Midleton Distillery Restaurant (side entrance)
Join the townsfolk for the best ball in town!
Six 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 (€21.59 with booking fee) BOOK NOW!
Ticket includes a delicious Jameson Signature Cocktail on arrival.

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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.

MEME (Midleton Experimental Music Experience) 
1.00pm St John The Baptist Church
THE QUIET CLUB will perform with special guests Irene Murphy and Harry Moore.
The Quiet Club are one of Ireland’s leading improvised music and sound art groups. Their new CD “No Meat No Bone” has just been released on the Farpoint Publications Label to high critical acclaim. They have performed internationally including China, Japan, USA, Canada and most European countries.
The Quiet Club continue to push the boundaries of sound making and listening by employing a wide range of sound making devices ranging from stones, homemade instruments, electronics, amplified textures, Theremins, field recordings, etc. They will be joined for this concert by Irene Murphy and Harry Moore as special guests. It is a come and go event and the audience are encouraged to move around the church to experience the beautiful acoustics of the venue.

MAF Theatre Program

We are very excited to have more wonderful theatre in the festival this year after the sold-out success of Fruitcake by Alice Barry in last years festival. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment as seating is limited in An Seomra, Wallis’ which will be our dedicated Theatre space for the festival. Tickets are available from Wallis’ Bar, Main Street, Midleton.

 

Saturday 12th May, 7pm

Liv

A new play written and performed by Alice Barry

An affecting account of one desperate woman’s search for viability and the ultimate sacrifice necessary to salvage her shattered life.

Running Time; approximately 1 hr

Tickets; €15

Sunday 13th May, 2pm

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.

Running Time; approximately 1hr

Tickets; Donation on the day.

Sunday 13th May, 3pm

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”

Running Time; 65mins

Tickets; €10

more info: The Stories of Eamon Kelly in a new performance by Jack Healy. Directed by Ger Fitzgibbon.

Eamon Kelly was an Irish actor who was born in Gneeveguilla in Kerry in 1914. Having trained orriginally as a woodwork teacher, he became a regular at the Abbey and Gate theatres in Dublin and was a member of the Radio Eireann Players. In 1966 he ws nominated for a Tony award for his portrayal of SB O’Donell in Friel’s Philladelphia Here I Come. Many will remember him as “The Seanachaí” telling stories drawn from the Kerry of his childhood.

Jack Healy is a Cork city based actor and playwright. He has written scripts for The Everyman Palace Cork, RTE Radio and Macra Na Feirme. He has written extensively for children. His play, The Man in the Moon (with Enda Walsh, based on a story of Jack’s) was premiered at the Deptford Studios London in 2009. With his own company, Theatre Makers he wrote Aesop’s Fabulous Foibles and Fables. He has done a number of one-man-shows. In 2013 he performed his own script Shostakovich at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the “Rest is Noise” festival. Most recently he played the part of Michael in the acclaimed production of Dancing at Lughnasa at the Everyman Palace. He played Joxer in  the 2016 Everyman Palace production of Juno and the Paycock.

Ger Fitzgibbon is former Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC. His own plays inculde The Rock Station (premiered by Soho Theatre, London) and Sca, a modern bersion of Sheridan’s School for Scandal. He has directed extensively; Not I (Beckett) for Gaitkrash Theatre Company, Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger for Theatre Makers amongst others. In February 2016 he directed O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock for the Everyman Palace. In June, with Jack Healy he directed his own play The Bed (based on the life of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway) as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.
“…I only heard what was said and most of that was lies” “The Tayman, The Tomcat & Others”

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Kindred Spirits Drum Circle
4.00pm Drumming Workshop in Bailick Park
5.00pm 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.

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Festival Finale with ECMP! 
7.00 – 9.00 Courthouse
East Cork Music Project 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

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