Many people came together to make it a memorable festival.

‘We’re blown away by the positive response’

More than 4,000 visitors descended upon 1 extraordinary venue recently for a new festival.

The STAMP festival showcased the Counting House, on the former Beamish and Crawford site, on South Main Street, which was opened to the public for the first time since the completion in 2021 of a €30m regeneration project.

Over the weekend, Benchspace, Cork Craft and Design, Sample-Studios and Shandon Art Studios joined forces to present the STAMP Festival of Creativity. It was a jam-packed weekend that featured more than 60 creatives, hosted of more than 50 art, design and craft events and 3 exhibitions.

Speaking after the festival, Aoibhie McCarthy, Artistic Director at Sample-Studios said: “We’re blown away by the positive response from over 4,000 visitors over the weekend. Everyone we spoke to commented on the need for a space like this - a permanent central creative hub and a place where our artists can make and present ambitious work. We’ve made our case - when we have a space, look what we can do for the city and it’s people. We’re grateful to our venue partners BAM and funders Cork City Council, The Arts Council of Ireland and Creative Ireland.”