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Cork Sound Fair 2018

Cork Sound Fair – a new, non-profit arts and music event is set to kick off in Cork city early 2018, with the aim of giving local and international artists a platform to showcase experimental sound through installations and live performances.

The first event in this series will take place on the 23rd and 24th of March 2018, in the striking settings of St Peter’s Church
and Cork City Gaol.

Cork based artists African Fiction, Static and Robert Curgenven are set to be joined by Derry native Autumns for the opening night in St. Peters Church, North Main Street. Attendees will also be greeted by a new sound installation unveiled by Isochronal, a collaboration by artists Kevin Callaghan and Thomas Penc, who recently exhibited work in the National Sculpture Factory on Culture Night.

The following day, Cork City Gaol will host sounds from Dublin and London in the shape of Davy Keogh, Dream Cycles, Soft Stone, and a closing set and Irish debut from Beatrice Dillon live. Award wining designer Dearbhla O’Beirne and visual artist Clíona Ní Laoi are set to transform the Gaol using projections and coded installations.

A fundamental principal of this project is that all proceeds raised will go toward funding the event and the artists who make it happened. In doing so, the organisers hope to bring new sounds to a wider audience.

This ambitious project is currently 100% crowd funded with supporters entitled to access to Cork Sound Fair events and other perks. All proceeds raised will go toward Artist Fees and expenses, venue rental, insurance and sound equipment. Organisers have decided to crowd fund this project as Cork Sound Fair will operate as an open source venture, demonstrating that projects like this can showcase this content and support the contributing artists, and in turn hopefully help change the conditions for artists who want to pursue their passion and chosen art form.

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These two historic venues will provide the dramatic surroundings for the weekend. St. Peter’s history dates back to 1,270 when King Henry III granted patronage of the church to the Bishop of Cork. St. Peter’s church was deconsecrated in 1949. Following a long restoration process it opened in 2016 and has been a focal point for all things cultural in Cork City since.

The Old City Gaol is a listed building and an important part of Irish architectural heritage. It was only left idle for a few years – in 1927, Radio Éireann began to broadcast Cork’s first radio station, 6CK, from the centre of the main building. The Gaol was used as a broadcasting station up until the end of the 1950s, when the complex was allowed to become totally derelict until its innovative restoration and reopening to the public as a visitor attraction in 1993. Therefore it only seems fitting this surreal building will be used to broadcast sound once more from its historic walls.

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