What is Solstice?
Solstice is a five day arts event and symposium with a difference. The event will run in Cork from the 15th -19th of June 2011 as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival programme and will include over 30 performances and 150 of the most exciting, emerging and experimental artists across Theatre, Dance, Visual Art & Music.
Who is involved?
Solstice is being curated and produced by four young arts practitioners, Dawn Mac Allister, Eszter Némethi, Ruairí Donovan and Shirley Somers. A team of interns and volunteers will work alongside them to realise this unique and brave event.
What we will be doing?
We will provide artists involved with a platform to present their work within the context of an international contemporary arts festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, as well as exposing them to each others work and practice through a series of curated talks and workshops with leading national and international practitioners. Our main objective is the professional development of all involved and to facilitate and further establish a working network of artists and a stepping stone to regular professional employment within the cultural sector.
Where will it happen?
Solstice is an ambitious project and with the mentoring and support of Cork Midsummer Festival and the European Union Youth in Action Programme we are nearly there. Our pop up venue will rise from the flames of the once bureaucratic, derelict, Revenue Office and FÁS building in the heart of Cork City.
Why we need your help?
We want to facilitate artists to present their work with us in this re-imagined space in a cost neutral fashion. Without funding many individual artists and companies find it difficult or impossible to tour their work or participate in events such as ours due to the high costs involved. You can lift that weight off our brightest emerging talent so they can focus on making the great work that they do, sharing it with both the public and their contemporaries and participating in this unique event.
Thank you for your help!
Dawn, Eszter, Ruairi, Shirley