Culture in Cork

Cork is a city with a varied and vibrant artistic community, and a fascinating cultural heritage, informed by its Gaelic culture. The activity of Cork's artists, musicians, writers, poets and players is evident on our streets, in our galleries and on our stages. Cork City Council is a leading player in the cultural life of the city, funding libraries, museum, theatres, art centres and a range of arts activities from opera to street arts. Concerts, plays, exhibitions and events of many kinds take place each week.

In the performing arts - music, drama, dance - you should check out the Cork Opera House in Emmet Place, the Everyman Palace in MacCurtain Street, the Cork Arts Theatre (the CAT Club) on Carroll's Quay, and the Granary Theatre on the Mardyke.  In April 2014, a new 'Theatre in Cork' section was added to this website, showing photographs, posters, programmes, and other Cork theatre memorabilia for the years 1972-92 (select appropriate link from menu at left of this page). 

The main venues for the visual in the city include the Crawford Art Gallery in Emmet Place; the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at UCC, as well as commercial galleries such as the Fenton Art Gallery, and the Form Gallery in Paul Street as well as the Lavit Gallery at no. 5 Fr Mathew Street.

The Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, and Tigh Filí on MacCurtain Street are centres catering for a variety of art forms, while the National Sculpture Factory is a key national resource for the plastic arts, and the Munster Literature Centre is a resource for young and emerging writers. The Cork Community Art Link provides opportunities for citizens to participate in street theatre, public art, as well as workshops in drama and prop making, among other events.

The city's musical life is nourished by the Department of Music, University College Cork and the CIT Cork School of Music both of them important national centres of learning and research.  Cork City Libraries, through the Rory Gallagher Music Library, provides support to musicians, students, and anyone interested in music through an extensive collection of CDs and other recordings. Special sections of its general website at provide a range of resources and memorabilia on Rory Gallagher, Aloys Fleischmann, and Joan Denise Moriarty.

 Cinema in Cork includes commercial cinemas such as the Gate Multiplex on Bachelor's Quay, Cinema World in Douglas, Cork Omniplex in Mahon Point, and the Reel Picture cinemas in Blackpool and Ballincollig. Information on current films is at

The Central Library on Grand Parade holds the city's main library and information resources; the Boole Library in University College Cork is a major international research library; the city is also home to the headquarters of the County Council Library & Arts service and to the Cork Institute of Technology Library.

As well as libraries, other important centres for learning about Cork's heritage include the Public Museum in Cork; Cork Archives Institute in Great William O'Brien Street, Blackpool; and Cork Vision Centre in North Main Street.  Much of Cork's archaeology, folklore, genealogy, geography, and political, social and economic history has been documented in the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Journal since 1891 to date. 

Cork is known throughout Europe and around the world as a festival city. Cork was European Capital of Culture in 2005. The best known annual festivals on the city's calendar include the International Choral Festival in May, the Midsummer Festival in June, the Cork Folk Festival in September, and, in October, both the Cork International Film Festival and the Guinness Jazz Festival.



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