The fun doesn’t have to stop after Paddy’s Day in Cork because the weekend of the 24th and 25th of March sees the inaugural launch of Cork Sound Fair.
The boutique music and art festival promises to bring something different to the festival scene. The aim is to provide a platform for left field and experimental music and to foster new talent with two different workshops occurring on both days. Organisers say they expect their target demographic to be wide, from music and art lovers to those who want to learn and create to those who may have become disenchanted with a standard festival formula.
A lot of the acts that are playing have seen a lot of success in Europe but are still relatively unknown in their homeland. The festival wants to bridge the chasm between the underground and the mainstream.
The acoustics and perhaps ether that can only exist in such places was the reasoning behind the choice of venue for the events. The opening night of Friday 23rd will see performances and workshops take place in St. Peters, the medieval 12th-century church on North Main Street. Saturday sees the events moved to Cork City Gaol.
A big coup for the line-up was visual artist Cliona Ní Laoi who flies in from Berlin to perform her particular brand of artistry that “turns chaos into beauty with live visuals and theatre installations that slip you into a lucid dream”. Clíona’s work is definitely a must see.
Speaking with one of the founder of the festival, Connor Ruane, he stressed the importance of fostering diversity and wants to see women and members of the LGBT community represented. When he was curating the line-up he says “it was very much a priority” and when he was left wanting the workshops “filled a gap to hopefully enable and inspire up and coming performers.”
The workshops include Gash Collective’s Circuit Bending workshop which shows how to create instruments out of battery operated toys (attendees are advised to bring their own) A display of how to use Enableton software by those who do, pays homage to the D.I.Y. attitude of the festival.
Cork Arts Fair is a not for profit event and is backed by a crowdfund drive to give them the seed money to secure venues. Their ethos seems to be art for art’s sake, an admirable element that is so rare on the scene, it is truly a labour of love. He added that; “Preparations are well underway and myself and the team are really excited to showcase this incredible Irish and International talent in Cork city. Our fundamental aim of the project was that all proceeds raised go towards funding event costs and the artists themselves. The support through our Fundit page has been phenomenal, we’re delighted to have successfully reached our goal. A huge thank you to all of our funders. You’re in for a treat.”
All tickets include access to the workshops and festival after parties, (the one on Saturday will see Ruane himself take to the decks at the Courtyard). Individual day tickets (€25), and two-day passes (€50) are now on general sale from Dice.fm. More information can be found on their Facebook page here.
Author: Fenagh O’Mahoney