Thursday September 25th to Sunday September 28th 

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Image from 13 Women (Amanda Coogan)

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

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

 We believe in celebrating contemporary art in all forms and in providing a platform for a connection between art and the wider community. This belief informs the programme, which is, accordingly, varied and will give participants the potential to experience a very broad range of art forms.

 This year we have a particularly stimulating visual art programme. We are showing new works by Cork painter Billy Foley in the Town Hall. The large hall space at the Allin Institute plays host to a joint exhibition by Charles Tyrrell and Bridget O’Gorman while the smaller rooms at the Institute act as installation boxes – one showing Bleak Paradise, another a site-specific installation by Damian Drohan (commissioned and funded by Cork County Council), while a third shows 13 WOMEN by Amanda Coogan; Amanda will speak about this work, and others, at a festival talk.

  ENGAGE’s ethos is one of participation and interaction, not exclusion, so, hopefully, we have something to suit everyone’s taste.


Billy Foley: 11.01.14 Oil and Charcoal on canvas. 182cmx305cm

 Accordingly, the festival events range from a performance by The Irish Baroque Orchestra through to Vyvienne Long’s idiosyncratic ‘cello sounds. Johnny Hanrahan unveils a site- specific theatre installation entitled 1914. The Irish Modern Dance Company brings Men in Motion to ENGAGE while BrokenCrow presents one of several theatre performances. Add in writers Rob Doyle and Selina Guinness; the Ferguson family makers of Gubbeen Cheese; pianist Mary Dullea with violinist Darragh Morgan performing works by Irish composers Linda Buckley and Donnacha Dennehy; Cork Chamber Choir; The Pony Session and Damien Punch and you are sure to find something to engage your attention.

 In this festival art is for everyone.

We are very indebted to Cork County Council and the Arts Council for their support. We also thank 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 2014.

 Eugene O’Hea

 Director ENGAGE