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Online arts festival has us over the moon

Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 3:02pm

As the sun slowly begins to set on the Covid-19 lockdown, an online arts festival is about ready to shed its lunar light on Leeside.

The Half Moon Festival, run by UCC student group Tús Nua, is a three day, multi-disciplinary event celebrating creativity, connection and collaboration amongst both established and emerging artists.

Initially conceived as a week-long event, the festival was due to be launched on 26 March in The Kino with various events taking place in venues across the city throughout April.

Determined not to have their plans eclipsed by the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent social restrictions, Tús Nua adapted their idea and moved it all online.

Taking its name from Half Moon Street in Cork’s city centre, the festival will orbit around music, dance, poetry, theatre, film, comedy, podcasts, panel discussions, socially engaged artwork, Irish language arts, visual and sound art.

The busy line up includes acts such as contemporary dance and music collaboration Pulses, the podcast series ‘My Life in the Arts’, and singer songwriter Síomha, to name only a few.

Tús Nua Productions is the name chosen by the students of Arts Management and Creative Producing at UCC, who have created the Half Moon Festival as part of their studies.

Speaking at the festival’s launch, Tús Nua said that, as producers, they feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to move their diverse programme of artistic work online.

The group said: “We want to celebrate difference and different perspectives, to share our experiences of art and creativity, to invite audiences to celebrate the fun and joyous moments that art offers, and to provide an antidote to the detached living of the present day. In doing this, we are thrilled to support the work of our artists during this time when the artistic community is grappling with the fallout of the pandemic.”

The Half Moon Festival takes place from 26-28 June and all performances and programmes can be viewed live via the festival’s website halfmoonfest.com.

A full schedule is now available on the website.

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