Brought to you by Cork Midsummer Festival.
This would make a wonderful surprise.
More than 300 live doorstep performances will delight the residents of Cork’s streets, cul de sacs, and housing estates this month as part of Art Gifts, a brand new addition to the Cork Midsummer Festival line-up.
Inspired by an original concept dreamed up by Helsinki Festival when the pandemic prevented audiences from gathering en masse, this year 20 local artists will deliver over 300 free unique Art Gifts, presented in association with The Everyman, around specific areas of Cork city.
Art Gifts will be available in the following areas: Blackpool, The Glen, Knocknaheeny, Sunday’s Well, Ballyphehane, The Lough, Mahon, Ballincollig, Montenotte, Mayfield, Blarney, Ballintemple, Blackrock, Douglas and Glasheen.
Here’s how it works: You can order a pop-up performance of music, theatre, poetry, opera, circus, or dance completely free of charge for yourself, a friend, or a family member. An Art Gift can be a treat for an elderly neighbour or a moment to enchant the kids – it’s completely up to you.
On June 18th and 19th, 2021, each five or 10-minute solo performance will be delivered safely on your loved one’s doorstep.
Arrangements can be made now via the Art Gifts web app, gifted to the worldwide arts community by The Helsinki Festival team, which is open for bookings here.
Art Gifts is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit brighteningair.com.
Cork Midsummer Festival runs from June 14th to 27th, 2021. To find out more, visit corkmidsummer.com.
Main image: Performer Caoilian Sherlock with the Niezgoda-Gambardella family – Frankie (3), Valentina, Jed and Quilan the dog. Picture: Clare Keogh