Day Of The Straws | Marie Brett at Cork Midsummer Festival


Date(s) - 21/06/2020 - 29/11/2020






Day Of The Straws, a ‘cyber vault’ of knowledge, cultural lore, and wisdow is now live:

June 1832, Charleville, County Cork. An epidemic has taken hold of Ireland, spreading from continental Europe. With it came panic, conspiracy theories and ‘otherworldly’ events. Sound familiar? Rumours, gossip and contemporary legend surrounding Covid-19 are the children of folk cures, supernatural phenomena, social ritual and spiritual belief; this online artwork will explore the connections between now and then.

Created by Artist Marie Brett (E.gress, The Amulet, Torpedo) in dialogue with community historians, people of faith, spiritualists, Elders and other interested people, and writer Katie Holly (Crowman, Marion, Sharon) will create an online experience to be remembered; a response to the collective healing of hope required in this unprecedented time.

Day of the Straws has been commissioned by Cork Midsummer Festival in partnership with Sirius Arts Centre, and is supported by Creative Europe, Cork County Council and the Arts Council. The work has been inspired by Marie Brett’s recent Creative Enquiry and Artist in Residency, Cultural Lore (harnessing cultural traditions and knowledge) which focused on issues of how arts and ageing relate to commmunity access and personal impact.

Day of the Straws is a residency and small-scale public platform as part of BE PART, Art BEyond PARTicipation. Towards a better understanding of the entanglements between power, politics, place and publics in arts practice. BE PART is a 4-year audience and organisational development project in the field of participatory art practices implemented by 10 EU and non-EU partners.  BE PART sets out to create a European network of co-creators, supported by artists and organisations to collectively foster new approaches and structures for the co-creation and mobility of art.


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