A City and A Garden coming soon to Cork and Dublin.

Photographer: Clare Keogh

A new state-of-the-art sonic experience that combines stories and songs with the surroundings in Cork and Dublin is set to be launched from 11th to 20th June.

A city and a garden is a ten-day season of art event to the streets of Cork City and the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. 

The event is commissioned by Sounds from a Safe Harbour in association with Body & Soul and displayed as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh.

Visitors will unravel hidden songs and stories hidden in the trees and bricks of the city spaces accompanied with narratives and soundscapes that enrich the walk through the city and the garden.

The literary curator, Danny Denton, who is the editor of The Stinging Fly, has selected four writers to create new stories for the event. 

The tales from Gavin Corbett and Melatu-Uche Okorie will lead the walk through the National Botanical Gardens while Louise Hegarty’s story will guide the walk from North Mall in Cork to Bells Field.

The tale from Lisa McInerney is set to accompany the walk from the Daly’s Bridge, known as The Shakey Bridge by locals, to Red Abbey Square.

The tales will be voiced by Hilary Rose (who is known for The Young Offenders and Smother), Conor Lovett (known for I’ll Find you, Endeavour, Coda, Versailles), Dorothy Murphy and singer-songwriter Tolü Makay.

The soundscapes are designed by sound designer and musical director, Seán Mac Erlaine, Fish Go Deep, The Quiet Club, alongside Dorothy Murphy and Tolü Makay contributing to both the narration and music.

Artist and designer, Deirdre Breen adorns each route with visual installations with WP Cork Developers providing the state-of-the-art technology to guide you through the four trails.

Creative Director, Mary Hickson said: “This project has been a wonderful lifeline for us all over the last few weeks. We are grateful for the opportunity to make these four unique works. The creative talent involved has been hugely inspiring, with the stories, sounds, visuals, and voices helping to reimagine our sense of place. We are very excited and proud to share these special experiences.” 

The one-of-a-kind art experience is available to visitors for free throughout the Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, and Cork Midsummer Festival, from 11th to 20th June.

The event comprises of routes one and two set in Cork City, and routes three and four in the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin.

For more information on this event please click here.

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, please click here.

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