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‘Cause being a young curator is cool like..

I’ve have been ridiculously absent for the past two weeks or so. I have to say I’m pleased about that though, because it means I’ve been busy doing stuff instead of just whiling away time blogging. Not that that’s a bad thing either.

I think I mentioned before that I was applying for a Young Curators’ Programme with Cork Midsummer Festival. I did miss about 5 or 6 days of it because I was in Dublin, but I still got to see a hell of a lot of shows. Every evening we met in Civic Trust House to give our feedback on shows, meet with artists, and try and produce our book as a record of what we did.

Festival of the Senses!

I saw Corcadorca’s Plasticine, the Street Performance World Championships, the 2-Dimensional Life of Her, The Last Cargo Cult, Best Before, Invisible Atom, Echoa, Haircuts by Children, Buddy Buddy, Starman Fisher, FML, From Away, Wizard Rock and more that I just can’t think of.

We met many artists too: Rimini Protokoll, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Quarantine, THEATREclub, and the Marketing and PR staff from the festival.

We also attended an Arts Professionals’ Symposium in the Crawford on Saturday. The panel consisted of Willie White (Project Arts), Kate McGrath (Fuel), William Galinsky (Cork Midsummer), and Roise Goan (Dublin Fringe). The whole subject of the arts in Cork and the proposed National Theatre of Cork were discussed. A lot of interesting opinions were put forward and it was great to just be there. We had lunch in the bar in the Opera House, while talking to other people who were attending the symposium, networking, interviewing and all that. Diarmuid Gavin revealed his plans for next year’s festival too, which look fairly class..

And then we spent last night in the House typing, printing, photocopying, guillotining, separating, organising, collating and trying to create a book. I had to leave to get the 11.15pm bus, but a few of the others stayed on longer, trying to get it finished. Although now I hear it’s going to all be re-done..

I got my hair cut by two nine-year-olds on Saturday actually, courtesy of Mammalian Diving Reflex’s event. Just said I’d throw that in there to finish up.

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Arts and culture..

Wow, only just realised that it’s been almost a week since the last post. God know’s why because it’s not like I’ve been crazily busy or anything. I could come up with some excuses for you know, but you probably don’t give a damn so I’ll just get on with it.

Life’s a bit quieter than usual at the moment. A few of the friends have fecked off, and a few others who’d I’d have seen fairly regularly are out of the county too. I miss one or two people, but it’s nice to have a break from some other people too. That sounds ridiculously bitchy and pretentious, but that’s just the kind of person I am. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that?

Anyyyyway, I headed down to Kinsale on Tuesday evening for a Fáilte Ireland customer service course for KAW folk. ‘Twas a nice evening, and I’m class at customer service now. Which is always a plus.

And then yesterday evening I had a meeting with Midsummer Fest for a Young Curators Programme. I’m lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to take part, despite the fact I’ll be missing a few days of it when I’m in Dublin with the Irish Times. That’s the way it works though, isn’t it? I’m bored out of my tree one day, and then all the good stuff comes together. Why couldn’t some of this stuff be happening in August?

Report coming soon on the long weekend and Bandon Fest..

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F*ck My Life

FML

No, this isn’t about the website. It’s about something very different; a show of sorts I suppose. Directed by Pol Heyvaert, F*ck My Life (FML) is one of the headliners at this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival. FML is more than just a play. It’s a statement from a group of young people on their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Last summer I had one of the best experiences of my life working with this show, but unfortunately have had to depart for the 2010 tour. Pol and Bart, the brains behind the show, invited us back to see what they’ve done so far and I was certainly impressed.

The play opens with the group of fourteen sitting, staring at the audience. The silence gives you a chance to look at these people, judge them and think about them. Over the course of an hour or so I learned so much about these individuals and their personalities. From the very moment the first words are spoken the audience are deeply engaged with the performers. At times it seems more like a chat than a  formal production, but this just adds to its charm. Every sentence is as important as they next and all the anecdotal stories tie together to give one final, shocking result.

Tickets are on sale now for the show which runs from the 24th of June to the 3rd of July. More information available at www.corkmidsummer.com

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