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IndieCork set for city centre venue

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 6:07pm

Web hosting company Blacknight confirmed this week that it has renewed its sponsorship of the IndieCork festival.

The Blacknight Festival Centre will be in The Village Hall on St Patrick’s Quay, downriver from The Gate Cinema and across the bridge from the city’s main thoroughfare, St Patrick’s Street.

It’s a café and vintage shop, with two spacious function rooms upstairs, suitable for the variety of IndieCork talks, screenings and workshops.

“It’s a fantastic venue that is creating exciting opportunities in Cork right now,” says Úna Feely of the festival’s organising committee.

She continued: “It could hardly be more suitable for us. The addition of the Blacknight Festival Centre in 2016 brought a new dimension to IndieCork.

“We’ve taken what we learned last year and found a venue which is ideal for the kind of collegiality we want to create around IndieCork.”

Úna said that a lot of work has been put into the programme this year, sourcing films from Ireland and throughout the world.

Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon said: “It’s a lovely festival, intimate and friendly, but with a strong artistic voice, and fiercely independent. We’re a small Irish company with a loud voice on our chosen stage, so naturally these are values we relate to.

“We had a great experience as sponsors in 2016, and we are delighted to be back and looking forward to an exciting festival programme,” he said.

Blacknight will also contribute to the festival programme, hosting a live workshop titled ‘How to Make a Website in 20 Minutes’.

It follows on from a similar seminar given by the web hosting and domain names company last year and is designed to show small independent enterprises – like film-makers and artists – how to take ownership and control of their own online space.

Now in its fifth year, IndieCork is an independent film festival, committed to supporting young and emerging film-makers and championing cinema that engages with social, political and cultural matters.

The overlap between music and cinema is a particular interest for the curators and the programme features a number of musical events as well as items such as the ‘Film Feast’ which combines a classic film with a culinary experience.

Further details will be available in the coming weeks at indiecork.com, and the festival programme will be announced in early September.

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