Music Generation Cork City (MGCC) has announced a jam-packed, three-day line up of gigs and performances as part of Ireland’s largest free, family-friendly maritime celebration, ‘SeaFest’. From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June this year, together with a whole host of community partners, MGCC will showcase a snapshot of the City’s extraordinarily vibrant youth music scene, featuring a diverse programme of trad, brass, rock & pop, world music, rap, hip hop and more.
The MGCC programme will run on the music stage each day between 10am and 6pm, and festival goers of all ages are welcome to join in and jam out.
Highlights on Friday include performances from students at Scoil Íosagáin, St. Mary’s on the Hill and Scoil Mhuire Fatima participating in the Creative Tradition trad music collaboration, in addition to rap and beats musicians working with GMC Beats and YWIC.
Saturday morning will feature a true spectacle of world music from the Cork Community Gamelan, followed by groups from SoundOUT, Music Mash Up, the Mahon Community Music Hub, the Ballyphehane Youth Project and much-loved Cork-meets-New Orlean’s Jazz Ensemble, Rebel Brass.
The final day of the festival will be trumpeted in by performances from the Barrack Street Youth Band, the Mahon Community Band, as well as a major collaborative, partnership performance by 100+ young brass, wind and percussion musicians under the banner ‘GaelForce’. Rebel Brass will close out the day with an encore to remember!
Held in Galway for the past three years, Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG) will now present SeaFest from 2019 – 2021. The festival, which acknowledges everything the ocean has to offer, will be a culmination of a week-long celebration of Ireland’s rich maritime heritage, as the annual Cork Harbour Festival runs from 1 – 9 June.
An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected at the Port of Cork in Cork City for the festival, with other highlights of the line-up to include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Neven Maguire, Martin Shanahan and Rory O'Connell and talks from Met Éireann Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack and wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan. There will be free sailing, kayaking, currach and dragon boat trips on the water, with Irish Sailing, Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Meitheal Mara. Tours of the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Explorer and the Commissioner of Irish Lights’ ILV Granuaile take place across the weekend. The Defence Forces will provide an equipment and capabilities display.
There will be fun and free activities in the dedicated Kids Zone, along with touch tank displays as part of the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme. This is the first year for BIM’s interactive aquaculture remote classroom (ARC) at SeaFest, with virtual reality headsets for wearers to experience mussel beds up close.
Music Generation Cork City is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and locally in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork ETB, The HSE, CIT and UCC. facebook.com/musicgenerationcorkcity
SeaFest is proudly supported by Cork City Council, BIM, Marine Institute, Port of Cork, Cork Harbour Festival, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Defence Forces, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bord Bia, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, Pure Cork and by media partners Today FM and RedFM. SeaFest is part funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.
For full festival details visit www.seafest.ie.
Media contact: Aida Whooley, Music Generation Cork City