Cork Midsummer Festival

14th-17th June

Venue: Various

This year's programme features 40 world and Irish premieres and presentations of new work; created and presented by over 160 artists. CMF is developed in partnership with the city’s arts organisations who commission and produce new work for the Festival.

There are five strands to the 2021 programme. Please note that City Stage tickets will be available to book from 24 May, subject to government guidelines:

CMF Online - Live stream and on-demand premieres and interactive events
City Gallery – New visual arts projects and installations, presented across the city
City Rising – A showcase of new work from emerging Cork artists
City Stage - On Your Doorstep - Multidisciplinary performances, delivered to your door
City Stage - From the Port to the Fort – Outdoor events taking place from the Port of Cork to Elizabeth Fort


PLUS! 20 June - Online Event 3pm

The Electric Kazoo is a family music show presented by Paul, Sam and Aislinn Noonan. There’ll be well-known children’s songs, a children’s book set to music, tunes written in response to artwork sent in by the small people…and lots of kazoo! Coming to you live from Cork at 3pm on Sunday 20 June, for The Electric Kazoo at Cork Midsummer Festival we’d love you to send us drawings and paintings of “summer” - your favourite beach, you and your friends playing in the sun, holidays - whatever summer means to you. Send your creations to and we’ll try to make them into songs! 

Paul Noonan is best known as lead singer of Bell X1. He has also made music as collaborator and curator of various projects such as Printer Clips, Starboard Home, and Imagining Ireland, and is a qualified music therapist.