The first Sunday in May has always been Killeagh’s festival day.
Back in the 1830s, the de Capell Brooke family would open up their estate to the villagers for music and dancing as part of celebrations likely linked to Bealtaine or May Day.
Now, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, a local arts community is returning the festival to its roots in Glenbower Wood this year, with an art trail forming part of an outdoor ‘celebration of place’ that can be experienced at a safe social distance by visitors to the wood from May 1st-9th.
Greywood Arts has revealed that 10 installations will explore a variety of themes, from playfully distorting the viewer’s perception, to raising awareness of waste generation. A downloadable map is available here.
The artists creating installations include Aoife Banville (Shanagarry), Sarah Buckley (Mallow), Natasha Burke (Cork), Martha Cashman (Youghal/Cork), Jaki Coffey (Castlemartyr), Richard Forrest (Youghal), Rob Ireson (Whitegate), Danny McCarthy (Midleton), and Rob Monaghan (Cork) and there will also be opportunities for the community to get involved in the art-making through online workshops and tutorials.
“We hope the art trail will offer a bright spot on the horizon after a difficult year,” said Greywood Art’s artistic director Jessica Bonenfant.
“We’re eager to engage with art in physical spaces and feel a cultural event like this has an invaluable impact for our community.”
Here are five cool events to check out:
- Villagers are invited to mine their recycling bins for materials to make chimes and garlands to contribute to artist Aoife Banville’s Folly Project.
- A willow lantern making workshop with Caoimhe Dunn will yield luminous creations that nod to the traditional torchlight procession.
- Families can make their own May Bushes in the virtual company of others, guided by artist Lisa Cliffe and on Thursday, April 28th, a workshop marking Poetry Day Ireland will lead to the creation of a “poem-tree” in the wood.
- A pop-up exhibition of two-dimensional work by local artists will take place on May Sunday (May 2nd), along with a promenade performance (at a distance) by Tom Campbell and Noelle O’Reagan – a duo most notably seen on Britain’s Got Talent.
- On Sunday, May 9th, the festival comes to a close with a litter-pick organised by Glenbower Wood and Lake.
Further updates are available here.