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Cork World Book Fest 2019 at Triskel

It’s almost time for Cork World Book Fest, that annual celebration of all bookish things that takes place in Triskel, the City Library and Grand Parade. Starting, as always, on 23 April, which is UNESCO World Literature Day, the festival continues until 27 April with readings, workshops and a book market.

See the Cork World Book Fest website for more information or pick up a festival brochure in Triskel, the libraries or other venues around the city.

Announced: Freddie White in Triskel for One Night Only

Freddie White will be in Triskel for one night only on Friday 10 May. His name has long been synonymous with music of the highest quality. He has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970s and his albums continue to sell well, amongst his loyal and newfound fan base.

Freddie will be touring in Ireland during May/June 2019 where new songs will feature along with classics from his 40-year career as a principal in the orchestra of Irish folk and rock music.

Tickets are on sale now.

Learning about Self-Publishing at Triskel

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival is an annual event which takes place in Cork each springtime. The festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities. The festival’s motto is ‘Investigate, Participate, Celebrate’, and the public can do that by taking part in workshops or classes, watching demonstrations, trying out new skills, and seeing others; from the young to the old, show off what they are learning.

Here at Triskel, we will run a workshop with Frank Kelly of Lettertec about how to self-publish your book. Frank has helped countless authors get their book from that Word doc to printed pages and has plenty of insights to share.

Tickets are free but booking is essential.

Announced: Stockton’s Wing at Triskel for One Night Only

Stockton’s Wing will be in Triskel for one night only on Friday 19 April. Part of a series of shows in 2019 presenting a retrospective of their vast music catalogue, this will be a very special night of Wing music.

They’ll be joined by special guests and regulars, Tara Breen, Karol Lynch, Tommy Hayes, Paul Roche, Mike Hanrahan and Paul McSherry.

Book your tickets for this very special night now!

March at Triskel

March will be a busy month at Triskel. Not only are we increasing our cinema to five nights a week (Sunday–Thursday) but we have special screenings taking place on three Fridays and we have a season of films celebrating Albion (aka Britain) ahead of its Brexit on 29 March.

First up on Friday 1 March is a Sonic Youth event celebrating 30 Years of Daydream Nation. Drummer Steve Shelley and renowned documentary maker Lance Bangs will be in Triskel for one night only talking about the band and its much praised 6th album as well as screening footage related to the album and some hidden gems.

Hollywood cinematographer Nick McLean will be in conversation with Hot Press‘ writer Wayne Byrne on Friday 8 March. Nick worked on The Goonies, Star Wars spoof Spaceballs and 100 episodes of Friends! He will introduce two of his iconic films, Short Circuit (‘Johnny Five is Alive!’) and Cobra (‘Crime is a disease, meet the cure’).

On Friday 29 March, we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of cult classic Alien as part of our Twisted Celluloid strand.

Albion is a literary term for Britain or England, often used when referring to ancient or historical times. We’ll screen five landmark films made in Britain since its accession to the EEC/EU. The film season Albion – A Tribute is on 24–28 March.

And of course, we’ll have music (the Lir Quartet will be here on Saturday 9 March with Fionnuala Moynihan playing the third recital in her Clementi – The Piano Sonatas series on Saturday 23 March) and visual arts (Asylum Archive by Vukašin Nedeljković is showing in our Gallery Space until 29 March).

Tickets available online or at our Box Office on Tobin Street. Tel: 021-4272022.

Happy 40th Birthday Alien!

It’s hard to believe that cult classic Alien is 40 years old. There are lots of things planned to celebrate the anniversary of the film that has that horrifying chest-bursting scene: a documentary, a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray edition and many conversations with Sigourney Weaver who played iconic character Ripley.

Triskel are showing Alien for one night only on Friday 29 March. Don’t miss out – book your tickets now!

Fresh Film Festival – Cork Heat at Triskel

Triskel look forward to welcoming the Fresh Film Festival – Cork Heat here on Thursday 7 March.

Some of Cork’s youngest filmmakers and groups will be showcasing their films here from 10:30am–1:30pm. There is an array of films from drama to documentary, from animation to comedy. Some films that will be shown are Cold Chicken, Mother Knows Breast, Is Romance Dead? and Stalker.

Founded in 1997 as part of the Limerick Film Festival as the Irish School’s Video Competition, Fresh Film Festival was originally a schools video competition for secondary students. It has since grown into a year round organisation with a focus on national and international filmmakers spanning the primary and secondary age groups. Fresh has incrementally grown in scope in response to increasing numbers of entries and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards now constitute three sections: Junior (7–12 years); Senior (12–18 years); and The International Young Filmmaker Awards. Each section is open to individual filmmakers, schools, youth and community groups in these age categories.

Tickets are free – register here.

Portuguese Cultural Event at Triskel

Os Maias, a film based on the realist novel of the same name written by the great Eça de Queiroz, is a great, melodramatic, amusing and melancholic, story of the Maia family and of Portugal. Organised with the support of Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua , I.P., Embassy of Portugal in Ireland, Honorary Consulate of Portugal, it will be screened in Triskel for one night only.

According to Alan Riding in the New York Times, José Saramago, Portugal’s only Nobel literature laureate to date, describes The Maias as “the greatest book by Portugal’s greatest novelist”. Even so, its 19th-century author, José Maria Eça de Queirós, could use a bit more of an introduction. He may be Portugal’s Flaubert, but like the greatest novelists of many peripheral countries, he remains largely unknown to English-language readers.

Tickets for the film screening are just €5 so book now!

Triskel Gets to Know … Vukašin Nedeljković

Vukašin Nedeljković has direct experience of the Direct Provision system – he lived in a DPC while he was waiting to hear of the results of his asylum application. He documented the centres, deliberately choosing not to include people in his photos. We wanted to get to know him better:

What is your most listened to radio station?

I only occasionally listen to the radio. Most of the time I would go on the podcast and listen back to the programmes that are relevant to my research.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Tennis player

What made you first pick up the camera?

I studied agriculture for two years back in Belgrade. My dad was an amateur photographer. One day I took his camera and went down to the banks of River Sava in Belgrade and started to take photographs.

What was your favourite book as a child? And now?

My favourite book as a child was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Now I am reading more theoretical books by authors like Primo Levi, Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon …

Is there a photograph in the collection that stands out for you?

The photographs taken in Old Convent in Ballyhaunis in 2008 are very dear to me.

What equipment do you use?

Nikon 3200 camera.

Do you take a lot of photos in your everyday life?

I don’t.

Is there an artist whose work inspires you?

Robert Frank.

How did you first go about trying to make your work public?

I remember taking the photographs of people who were wearing Targets on their bodies during the NATO bombing of Serbia and Belgrade in 1999. My professor of photography at the time asked me if I would exhibit the work in the local gallery in Belgrade. That was my first visual arts display.

What is the most memorable place your work has brought you to?

My work – documenting Direct Provision Centres has brought me all over Ireland. 

What is your proudest achievement to date?

The moment when I was awarded Arts and Activism Bursary from Arts Council and managed by CREATE. 

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

Playing with my 9 year old daughter Cait.


Vukasin’s exhibition, Asylum Archive, is on display in Triskel’s Gallery Space until 29 March.

FameLab – three-minute talks on weird and wonderful science concepts

FameLab is back! And everyone in Triskel is looking forward to hearing the top newest voices from the world of science, technology, engineering and maths deliver three-minute talks on weird and wonderful science concepts. Expect to hear anything from why people are taller in space, to wasps that live inside figs, and how there are good guys and bad guys when it comes to vaccinations.

Held annually in over 30 countries, a whole host of Cork partners are teaming up with the British Council once more to bring FameLab to the region.

The top two from the FameLab Cork heat will go on to represent the region at the FameLab Ireland national final in April 2019.

So, encourage your curiosity and get a snapshot into the world of science, engineering, maths and technology at this entertaining and exciting event!

All welcome | Free event |

FameLab Ireland is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland and is supported by Cpl Resources Plc and Henkel Ireland Limited. It is managed by the British Council Ireland in collaboration with a host of top-class partners from higher education, research, media and public engagement across Ireland.

FameLab Cork is delivered in partnership with UCC and Tyndall, and research centres APC, Connect, Infant, Ipic and Marei.

Follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@FameLab_Ireland #FameLab #BelieveinScience) to stay up-to-date with their news!

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Announced: Stevie Nicks at Triskel

Triskel are looking forward to welcoming Europe’s only tribute production to Stevie Nicks to Cork on Friday 12 April. StandBack – The Story of Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac has received rave reviews and much media coverage since its inception in May of 2016.

Tickets are on sale now.

An Evening with Nick McLean at Triskel

Triskel Arts Centre is delighted to welcome legendary Hollywood cinematographer Nick McLean to take part in an evening of screenings and talks honouring his acclaimed work in American Cinema. As Camera Operator or Cinematographer, McLean has worked on the likes of McCabe & Mrs Miller, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, Marathon Man, Being There, The Right Stuff, City Heat, The Goonies, Short Circuit, Spaceballs, and many more.

On Friday 8 March there will be a screening of the 1980s box office hit Short Circuit which will be followed by a public discussion with McLean and Hot Press writer Wayne Byrne focussing on McLean’s storied career (the duo has just co-authored a book on McLean’s life and prolific work behind the camera). Later on the same evening, McLean will introduce a screening of the cult action movie Cobra.

Please note that the public discussion with Nick McLean will be part of the Short Circuit ticket price.

Standard ticket prices apply or see both films for €15 full price / €14 for annual membership holders