the passion of joan of arc  

Thursday September 29th /  9.30pm /  St Peter's Church / €18


The opening event of the Festival is the screening of this 1928 film by Carl Dreyer with a live score composed for soprano, organ and electronics.

Originally commissioned by the Cork French Film Festival, this production has since been performed in venues such as Glasgow Cathedral (Glasgow Film Festival); Saint Fin Barre’sCathedral, Cork and Union Chapel, London.

Composer: Irene Buckley  Soprano: Emma Nash   Organist: James Mc Vinnie


katie kim with crash ensemble  

Friday September 30th /  9pm  / The Court House / €15

photo credit Terry Magson

This exclusive performance at ENGAGE Arts Festival offers an insight into Katie’s recently completed third album Salt, which will be released in October 2016. The event will give the audience a sneak preview of Katie's most anticipated release to date, with special arrangements featuring Ireland’s leading new-music specialists Crash Ensemble.



Saturday October 1st / 12pm to 5pm / Allin Institute / Free

Sunday October 2nd / 2pm to 5pm / Allin Institute / Free



Crash Ensemble, photo credit Ros Kavanagh


ENGAGE Artists-In-Residence, Crash Ensemble, present Soundworks #9, works of electro-acoustic composition from Irish composers and artists, selected to create unique aural experiences.


a crash course in listening  

Saturday October 1st /  3pm to 4pm / Fionnuisce / Free

"Crash Ensemble is a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking music of today" - Washington Post.

During this interactive one hour workshop, the members of Crash Ensemble will play selected pieces and engage in an open conversation with the general public on the music.


crash ensemble with adrian crowley

Saturday October 1st / 10pm / St Peter's Church / €15

photo credit Steve Gullick

Crash Ensemble plays the string quartet music of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, a trio for clarinet,violin and ‘cello by Judith Ring and an extract from the ensemble’s recent collaboration Invitation To A Journey by Northern Irish composer Deirdre Gribbin. Special guest for the night is Adrian Crowley who will read from his dark new fiction The Dead Hotel, with a soundscape devised by Crash.



Sunday October 2nd / 4.30pm / Church of Ireland, Ballinadee / €15



Cathal Roche, photo credit



Izumi Kamura, photo credit


Composer: Ian Wilson  Pianist: Izumi Kamura  Saxophonist: Cathal Roche

Possession is a twenty-first century paean to the musical world we live in and its global cross pollination of musical stimuli. It is both an ambitious musical journey across the globe.....and a showcase for the remarkable talents of Izumi Kimura and Cathal Roche. This is the work’s World Première. (IW)


glaslinn choir  

Saturday October 1st / 1pm / Methodist Church / Free

This female voice choir, based in Bandon and conducted by Brigitte van der Stam, enjoys singing an eclectic mix of music including classical, religious, popular and traditional pieces.




Saturday October 1st /  2pm to 5pm / Town Centre / Free

Makorrokoto, featuring Jonathan Barlow, is a drumming group bringing West African rhythms to the streets of Bandon.


comhaltas ceoltoiri eireann  

Saturday October 1st /  2pm to 5pm / Town Centre / Free

Some of Newcestown’s finest musicians make their annual pilgrimage to Bandon, bringing with them a soundscape of jigs, reels, polkas and slides.


clonakilty brass band 

Sunday October 2nd /  2.30pm /  Riverview Shopping Centre / Free

Clonakilty Brass Band has about 50 members,ranging in age from 10 years to adult. Its Musical Director is Gerard Condon.


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