STAMP Festival of Creativity, Cork city - 19-21 May
Corkonians and visitors to the people’s republic will be treated to a jam-packed programme of over 50 free art, design and craft events, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, screenings and markets, all in one extraordinary venue - The Counting House.
It is the first event to take place in the former Beamish brewery, recently restored by BAM.
Try screen-printing, basket weaving, pottery wheel throwing and frame making. Some workshops and demos are ticketed, so you might like to book ahead.
STAMP invites people of all ages to come and explore your own creativity in this new addition to Cork’s cultural cityscape.
Galway Folk Festival, Galway city - 13-18 June
Galway Folk Festival returns for its second edition with an exceptional line-up of world-renowned artists and emerging talents.
Showcasing the best of folk, roots, and traditional music from Ireland and beyond, many of the shows will take place across four stages in Monroe’s Live, with outdoor pop-up gigs in the mix too.
Performers include: Kíla, Niamh Regan, Steve Earle with The Sharon Shannon Trio, Lisa Lambe, Myles O’Reilly, Inhaler, Teenage Fanclub, The Whileaways, Ispíní na hÉireann and more.
Night and Day, Lough Key Forest Park - 24-25 June
A magical, musical medley of performance, art and interaction awaits you in the lush surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park this June.
Expect a packed line-up of music, exhibitions, political debate and family friendly fun, but take time to explore the natural and historical features of the forest park.
Mercury Rev, Hothouse Flowers and Wallis Bird are some of the big names on the line-up.
West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, Co Cork - 23 June to 2 July
Established in 1995, West Cork Chamber Music Festival has grown to be one of Europe’s premiere chamber music festivals, attracting world-class musicians to the beautiful west Cork town of Bantry every summer since.
Performance highlights will include cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, the Calathea Quartet, The Biber Mystery Sonatas performed by Ensemble Vintage Koln, with newly commissioned poems by Ruth Padel, but the big draw is getting away from it all, soaking up the atmosphere and making new friends in magical Bantry bay.
Clonmel Junction Arts Festival, Co Tipperary - 1-9 July
Clonmel Junction Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival providing a platform for regional and national artists, which also celebrates the town of Clonmel and the talented artists who live and work there.
The Chapel venue will host piano sessions featuring a host of concerts in all genres around this iconic instrument, including a new Roger Doyle commission for Cora Venus Lunny, an intriguing piece for dance, soprano and piano by renowned choreographer John Scott and Irish Modern Dance Theatre, and performances by Aileen Cahill with Andreea Banciu, and local composer/performer Eamon O’Malley.
The festival will also premiere new pieces of theatre. Highlights include: HUCKLEBUCK, an immersive homage to the howband area, directed by Jack Reardon and designed by Jack Scullion; and a new Tipperary play, co-produced with partners Source Arts Centre in Thurles.