Let us summer in Cork

6 Mar
Our buddies, Solstice in Cork, have a free gaff for a month and they’re mad keen to fill it with funky creatives who can get on the Cork Midsummer buzz, like.
For more details on this most excellent opportunity see below:
SOLSTICE INTRODUCE 1 MONTH RESIDENCY AND ARE NOW SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2012 EVENT

SOLSTICE, the hit of last year’s Cork Midsummer Festival, is back!
The brightest emerging artists will descend upon Cork in June.
A memorable five day event!
Running from the 27th June to the 1st of July, SOLSTICE is a youth-led initiative created entirely by young
people as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

“It’s about community, it’s an opportunity to come together, to find new ways of being together. We are taking
responsibility, we are building something new. We want to connect more with the city this year, to reach out
and start a conversation with the people of Cork. We are bringing some really exciting artists to town, some
will stay for the whole month of June as part of our THIS IS TOUGH LOVE EVERYBODY residency and even more
will join us for Solstice but all of them will have something to offer to our city by the Lee. Ireland might still
be filled with doom and gloom, things are difficult out there, we know this but the last thing to leave the ship
before it sinks is Hope and we have barrels of that to offer! Maybe we won’t sink after all, well not if Solstice
can have anything to do with it”.
SOLSTICE was one of the top hits of Cork Midsummer Festival last year and are again seeking submissions for
2012. SOLSTICE wants to hear from you. You can submit your work for inclusion in the event by completing
the online application at www.solsticecork.com. Solstice is a curated event which offers a platform for the
presentation of new art works in the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, film and visual art.
Tom Creed, new Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, remarked: “Solstice was in full swing when I
arrived to take up my role as Festival Director last year: it was an inspiring and energising four days and gave
me real hope for the future of the arts in Cork and Ireland. I am delighted to invite these four hugely talented
young curators to build on the tremendous success of the 2011 event, and create a second edition of Solstice as
part of my first Festival programme. I would encourage artists and audiences to join us and see what the future
might look like.”
Solstice are also delighted to announce that thanks to the European Commission’s Youth in Action fund they
will be offering a month long residency in Cork and mentorship by a key figure from the Irish Arts scene to
five lucky young Irish practitioners and one European artist. All six artists as part of the This Is Tough Love
Everybody residency will live and work in Cork for the whole month of June and will be given the opportunity
to showcase the work they develop at Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. Guidelines and application
forms for TITLE are also available from www.solsticecork.com

SOLSTICE will be at Gulp’d Cafe Mon 12th March from 10am – 12am for informal discussions about the event and proposals from prospective artists
Solstice has been created with the support of Youth in Action from the European Commission, the Cork City
Council Arts Office and Cork Midsummer Festival.
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