Thursday September 24th to Sunday September 27th 


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Download the Engage 2015 Programme

Welcome to ENGAGE, the eighth year of this multi-disciplinary arts event, based in Bandon. 


Once again we offer an eclectic menu which we hope you will find both stimulating and engaging. 


In this festival art is for everyone. This year’s programme gives a wonderful opportunity to experience a very broad range of art forms, with particularly exciting visual art and music events.  


We are showing, for the first time in its entirety, a new body of work by the renowned artist Isabel Nolan at The Allin Institute. The building’s billiard room houses an installation by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, while the adjoining rooms contain Sound Works – sound / visual installations curated by The Crash Ensemble. We are also delighted to host performance artist Fergus Byrne at ENGAGE. Cleary Connolly will bring their amazing meta-perceptual helmets to St Peter’s Church, while Bilbao-based painter Patrick Michael Fitzgerald will show works on paper at The Town Hall. 

The festival also showcases local sculptors Don Cronin and Moss Gaynor. 


The festival’s extensive music events range from a performance by The Irish Baroque Orchestra through to the Paul Dunlea Jazz Quartet. In between we have The Vanbrugh Quartet, who perform a work by Cork Composer Niall Vallely; pianist Ivan Ilić performing Cage and Feldman and ‘cellist Maya Burman-Roy performing works by contemporary Scottish composer Eddie McGuire. One of the festival highlights is a première of Feldwege / Holzwege, a new multi-media work by Belfast-born composer Ian Wilson and video artist Johnny Lawson.  


Add in contemporary dance works choreographed by Deirdre Griffin, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and Oona Doherty, writers Madeleine D’Arcy and Dervla Murphy; Peter Morgan and Judy Kravis’s ethereal Bandon Dream Project, Peter Sheridan’s much acclaimed one-man play 44 Seville Place,  and CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s Broadreach programme interacting with local schoolchildren to create a festival performance and you are sure to find something to engage your attention.  


 ENGAGE’s ethos is one of participation and interaction, not exclusion, so, we look forward to seeing many of you experiencing the sights and sounds of this unique Arts Festival in West Cork.


We are very indebted to Cork County Council and the Arts Council for their support. Engage is delighted to have The Irish Examiner on board as Media Partners for 2015. Thank you too to our other sponsors and friends, the venue owners, our many supporters, volunteers and helpers and all others whose efforts have been critical to the running of this event. 



We hope you enjoy ENGAGE 2015. 


Eugene O’Hea 

Director ENGAGE