QUARTER PARK PARTY
Saturday 23rd July
Fitzgeralds Park, Cork City
a free, all day event brought to you by the team of Quarter Block Party
Presented by Makeshift Ensemble and Southern Hospitality Board, and supported by Cork City Council.
Shookrah – Sing Along Social Summer Special – Ecological Obstacle Course – The Art of Dance – Mindfulness with Darina O’Shea – The Digital Scavenger Hunt – A Mortality by Emmet O’Brien – Ringo Music Bingo – Ecological Community Games
The team that brought Quarter Block Party to North Main Street in February, are delighted to announce a free day long summer event in beautiful surrounds of Fitzgerald’s Park. The event will feature music, performances, storytelling and even a community games.
Quarter Block Party fans from earlier this year will remember the grass roots and DIY vibe to the festival which made it such a unique experience for Cork. With a music and arts programme that reflects a tangible approach to community and participation – it continues to build on connection with ourselves, those around us and our environment. More information about each event below!
Opening with a Ecological Obstacle Course of the Park at midday, entertainment will come in all sorts of packages including an hour of Mindfulness on the sprawling lawns of the park as well Ringo: Music Bingo.
Musical delights will come from Cork’s favourite smooth Neo-Soul stars Shookrah and a mass Sing Along Social – Summer Special.
The team have organised a creative Community Games programme for the energetic park goers and a Story Time Hour.
Sure to be an exciting and refreshing day which all ages will be able to appreciate and get involved.
More Info on each event –
Ecological Obstacle Course – Darragh Murphy
Connect with the city’s nature through a variety of puzzles, questions and physical challenges. The obstacle course will cover the various habitats of Fitzgerald Park and competitors will navigate it via a series of challenges: each based on the ecology of the park. Through engaging its competitors in a variety of types of tasks, habitats and species, the course invites all to consider the ecological interactions that exist between species, and the interactions between the city and its wildlife. Darragh is a biologist and wildlife photographer with a special interest in science communication with the public.
The Art of Dancing – Inma Pavon
A durational performance exploring dance in everyday life to be enjoyed for any length of time, from any perspective – including as a participant involved in the performance. “A creative and considered exploration of chance through performance which transformed the lower grounds of the Glucksman, into a field of fluid, enigmatic and joyful movements.” Fiona Kearney, Director, Lewis Glucksman Gallery. Open to people of all ages and dancing abilities.
A Mortality – a play by Emmet O’Brien
Vlad, a centuries old vampire, is disappointed in his apprentice Sven’s attitude to vampirism. Does it really lack bite?
Starring Darragh Keating, Jennifer Coote & Cathal O’Donovan
Written & Directed by Emmet O’Brien
Shookrah are an 7-piece prog-soul outfit hailing from Cork, Ireland. This female fronted ensemble could be presumed as conforming to more traditional archetypes of neo-soul, but inflections of rock and dark, funky hip-hop give their sound a compelling new edge. Their EP ‘Implicit Content’ released last October stands as a prime example of this charged yet soulful sound
Cork City Samba Band
Cork City Samba Band are a group of friends who play house, drum ‘n’ bass, funk and samba rhythms!
Summertime Sing Along Social @ Quarter Park Party
Join the Sing Along Social as they return to Cork for the Quarter Block Party summer party on Saturday 23rd July. A gathering of friends and strangers will assemble at the Fitzgerald Park Bandstand to sing along to some of the finest summer jams. Expect Fresh Prince’s Summertime, Len’s Steal My Sunshine, Cruel Summer by Bananarama, and many more sunshine tunes. The Sing Along Social is a monthly sing along party hosted by Aoife McElwain in MVP in Dublin 8. Find out more at www.facebook.com/singalongsocial or on Twitter @singalongsocial.
Mindfulness with Darina O’Shea
Darina is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Trainer and yoga teacher. She gives Mindfulness courses in Primary and post primary schools. After 7 years training and teaching in Barcelona, she returned home to Ireland to open her own yoga studio and retreat centre just outside Kenmare. She will lead an hour long guided minfulness session for all those on the lawn of Fitzgerald’s Park.
Ringo Music Bingo
Carlsberg don’t do music-intro/comedy based games, but if they did it wouldn’t be as good as… RINGO: MUSIC BINGO a hit at music festivals, pubs, staff parties and even weddings, it’s Ringo: Music Bingo. Ronan plays the intros to well known songs, if that band is on your sheet you cross them off (it’s not a quiz, he gives you the answer via comedy clues) first to fill the sheet wins prizes! Ringo: Music Bingo, it won’t change your life but it will make your day
Ecological Community Games
Darragh Murphy Nature will lead our Community Games with a Ecological twist! Including embodying animal to complete tasks and win races!
The Digital Scavenger Hunt
A fun modern take on a classic children’s pastime hosted by Ronan Leonard. Kids will be given a list of items to find on a trail, with the challenge to photograph them all using a digital camera or phone – it should take about 30 mins to complete.
The focus will be on taking photos in the park but not taking things from the park!
There will be parallel sessions for age groups
4 to 7 year olds & 8 to 11 year olds;
This won’t be a race, but there will a small prize for each child who completes each trail.
Please Note – A parent or guardian must accompany each child at all times.