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Announced: Quartets at Triskel – Autumn Series 2018

Presented by Triskel Arts Centre in association with the National String Quartet Foundation

The National String Quartet Foundation is committed to bringing live chamber music to audiences throughout Ireland and to creating and supporting performance opportunities for Irish musicians. This autumn series at Triskel offers recitals by four top flight quartets playing a wide variety of music from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The series forms part of a nationwide season which presents eight string quartets, all based in Ireland or with Irish connections, in more than thirty concerts. Full details are at www.nsqf.ie

Ficino Quartet Saturday 22 September

Carducci Quartet Saturday 20 October

ConTempo Quartet Saturday 3 November with special guests Christopher Marwood & Simon Aspell

Lir Quartet Saturday 8 December

Announced: Spotlight Chamber Music Series

Following the success of its inaugural season last year, the Spotlight Chamber Music Series returns to Triskel Arts Centre this Autumn/Winter with four Saturday lunchtime concerts in September, October, January and February.

Funded by the Arts Council and supported by Triskel, the series is based on the principle of bringing together some of Ireland’s most distinguished musicians to play with one another in small ensembles. These concerts showcase a wide range of repertoire and a variety of instrumental formations. The featured composer of the Spotlight Chamber Music Series 2018 is Cork native Sam Perkin, whose works will be performed in all four concerts, the first of which will see the world première of his String Trio “Flow”.

Spotlight I Saturday 8 September 2018

Spotlight II Saturday 6 October 2018

Spotlight III Saturday 12 January 2019

Spotlight IV Saturday 2 February 2019

Announced: Triskel ECM Weekend at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Triskel ECM Weekend at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival


  • Invincible
  • Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie











Over the last number of years, the Triskel ECM WEEKEND has earned international acclaim. This year Triskel are presenting this mini-festival, now in its 4th year, in association with the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, as a part of the International Jazz Festival and the Triskel Arts Centre’s 40th Anniversary.

Curated by Triskel and ECM Records, the programme offers a spectrum of cutting edge contemporary jazz that includes debut ECM projects and veteran ECM musicians in double bill concerts, a specially devised concert of classical music from the ECM New Series and film screenings. A pop-up Record Store will be open for the weekend at the venue.

Friday 26 October – ECM Cinema

6pm: Screening of Invincible – Werner Herzog, 2001. (133 mins). Anna Gourari (who features in the Saturday lunchtime live concert) has a starring role alongside Tim Roth in the film based on the life of Jewish folklore hero and circus performer Zische Breitbart.

8.45pm: Screening of Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie – Arno Oehri 2017. (90 mins). An intimate portrait of the great guitarist, filmed near the end of his musical journey. The film by Director Arno Oehri and Producer Oliver Primus also features contributions from Gary Versace and Adam Nussbaum among others.

Saturday 27 October, 1pm: ECM New Series Concert with Anna Gourari and Zsófia Boros

The artists are collaborating in a concert of solo and duo works specially devised for the ECM Weekend.

Anna Gourari is one of the most outstanding pianists of her generation. Her playing has been described as ‘technically perfect’ and ‘dazzling’, an ‘almost perfect blend of fiery attack and poetic magic’ combined with ‘pure intellectual freedom’.

Zsófia Boros’ guitar playing is subtle and restrained, accompanied by a melancholy grace. As the subtleness of her playing unfolds, the attentive listener perceives its quiet virtuosity. Her restraint arises quite naturally from the knowledge of her own ability to become one with her instrument and, thus, never to let virtuosity dominate the music.

Saturday 27 October, 8pm: Kristjan Randalu Trio + Dino Saluzzi Group

Estonian Kristjan Randalu makes his ECM debut with a striking album of his own rigorous yet lyrical music, sensitively played by a trio formed especially for this recording, with US guitarist Ben Monder and Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari. The trio line-up was suggested by producer Manfred Eicher after hearing Equilibrium, Randalu’s 2012 duo recording with Monder. The featured compositions on Absence are robust, and in the past Randalu has played them also as solo piano pieces.

Dino Saluzzi Group – El Valle de la Infancia

The veteran ECM artist brings the world famous popular Group to Ireland in this exclusive concert where he will present works from his album El Valle de la Infancia and some of his unpublished repertoire Mozart por Saluzzi. Dino Saluzzi (Bandoneon), Félix Saluzzi (saxophone and clarinet), José María Saluzzi (guitars) and Matías Saluzzi (bass). Percussionist U. T. Gandhi completes this powerful quintet.

Sunday 28 October, 8pm: Kit Downes – Obsidian (with Tom Challenger) + Tord Gustavsen Trio

Kit Downes is critically regarded as one of the UK’s outstanding young jazz talents. Some of his earliest musical experiences were as a church organist and in recent years, he has been revisiting the instrument, exploring its sonic possibilities and idiosyncrasies. For the ECM Weekend, Downes will perform from Obsidian on the TC Lewis Church Organ in Christchurch. He will be accompanied by Saxophonist Tom Challenger.

Tord Gustavsen Trio’s much anticipated new album for ECM The Other Side will be the basis for this exceptional concert in the perfect setting of Triskel Christchurch that features Sigurd Hole on double bass and Jarle Vespestad on drums. Gustavsen arranged several chorales by Bach for the album, as well as one by 19th-century Danish composer, organist and folklorist Ludvig Mathias Lindeman. Bach’s “Schlafes Bruder” has deep groove, led by Vespestad, while Lindeman’s “Kirken, den er et gammelt hus” has a feel that’s alternatively ruminative and rhapsodic, with an electronically shaded intro. “We’re interpreting the church music that I grew up with in an abstract way,” the pianist explains.

Tickets go on sale from Thursday 9 August at 10am.

Tickets:€35/32 (+ €1 booking fee)

August & September Cinema at Triskel Christchurch

We have another diverse and exciting selection of movies at Triskel Christchurch in August and September.

There are acclaimed documentaries such as Studio 54, McQueen and Filmworker, powerful world cinema from France (The Guardians), Spain (Summer 1993) and Poland (Cold War by the Academy Award winning director of Ida) and notable American independent films with First Reformed and Lucky.

We also have several classic movies screening during this period: Gleaning Truths is an eight-film season dedicated to the work of French director Agnès Varda; The Beatles’ animated feature Yellow Submarine receives a rare big-screen outing and has been digitally restored for picture and sound; and 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Stanley Kubrick picture that changed science fiction cinema forever, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

And last but certainly not least, we welcome Irish director Donal Foreman to present his latest work The Image You Missed. This fascinating and unique documentary is not to be missed.

All films are online now and available to book.

Chris O’Neill – Head Of Cinema

Announced: Jimmy Crowley & Songs from the Beautiful City

Triskel are delighted that Jimmy Crowley will perform his show, Songs from the Beautiful City, in Triskel Christchurch in September 2018. This will be an evocative celebration of the history of Cork through beautifully crafted narrative songs and ballads performed by Cork’s very own Bard.

We’ll let his fellow bards say what needs to be said about him:

“The test of any singer is whether or not you listen to him – I have Jimmy Crowley’s Jimi Mo Mhile Stor in the car at all times.” Liam Clancy

“Jimmy and I have been on the one road for many’s the long mile and my journey is always shortened when I meet him.” Christy Moore

“Since I have known Jimmy Crowley, which is quite a while, the qualities which I have admired most in him are his consistency, his integrity, and his ability to adapt and be receptive to all kinds of music, his uniqueness. And for me, he embodies the spirit and voice of Cork and he’s a great singer.” Ronnie Drew

“Jimmy Crowley is a musical icon in Irish tradition. He sings out from his own ground to a world of listeners. And the lift and lilt of his voice is the listener’s joy.” Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish World Centre, University of Limerick

“He remains a unique interpreter of songs both traditional and contemporary with a special gift for communicating with his audience.” Mary Black

“For me, he embodies all that is good and true about the music in which we are involved.” Martin Carthy

“He is a consummate stage performer as well as a song writer, adding colour adding colour to his songs by weaving stories about Cork characters, maritime exploits and daily life into his act. His singing style is truly unique – nobody hearing Jimmy could possibly mistake him for anyone else.” Mick Moloney

His concerts will 27–29 September and tickets will be on sale next week.

Announced: Jesus Blood – The Gavin Bryars Ensemble Live in Concert

As part of a series of special events to mark Triskel’s 40th Anniversary, we are proud to present the great British Composer Gavin Bryars in Concert with the Ensemble in a programme that includes the first live performance in Ireland by the Ensemble of the seminal work “Jesus Blood”, and the Irish Premiere of “Winestead”, commissioned by Opera North for the Hull City of Culture in 2017, for which the T. C. Lewis Organ at Christchurch will be used, and which also features the voice of Tenor John Potter. The programme will also feature recent and familiar works including the sublime “The Flower of Friendship”.

The Gavin Bryars Ensemble are: Gavin Bryars (Organ, Double Bass); John Potter (Tenor); James Woodrow (electric guitar); Morgan Goff (viola); Nick Cooper (cello); and Aoife Burke (cello, “Jesus Blood”).

The concert is on Sunday 25 November and tickets go on sale on Monday 23 July at www.triskelartscentre.ie

Announced – Cork Folk Festival at Triskel

The Cork Folk Festival is emerging as one of the most important folk & traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe. We’re delighted to have two concerts in Triskel Christchurch during the festival.

On Thursday 4 October, we’ll have two of Cork’s finest Sean-nós singers, Máire Ní Chéileachair and Nell Ní Chróinín, singing alongside one of Portugal’s finest and newest Fadó singers, Claudia Aurora. Sean-nós singing is considered to be a distant cousin of Fadó singing in Portugal.

On Friday 5 October, Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne (who have just merged their talents in new group KGB) will be joined by another legend of Irish trad, Kevin Burke, who was a band member, along with Paddy, of the groundbreaking group, The Bothy Band.

Tickets are on sale now – click here for more.

Call for Exhibitions 2019 – Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

Deadline: Friday 20 July, 5pm.

TRISKEL ARTS CENTRE is seeking proposals from professional artists as part of its 2019 Visual Arts Programme.

Up to five exhibition slots are being offered through the callout process. Exhibitions are awarded in approximately 6-8 week slots to include installation, beginning 1 March 2019 to 30 November 2019.

The exhibitions will be located in Triskel Gallery Space. The applications will be reviewed and selected by a jury of three, which will be chaired by Valerie Byrne, Director, National Sculpture Factory.

A fee will be offered and a production budget allocated for selected exhibitions.

Triskel will not accept late applications.


To make a submission:


  • an exhibition proposal (max 2 A4 pages)
  • when you envisage your work would be ready
  • include up to six images of your work
  • an up-to-date CV
  • We also need a separate letter, signed, giving consent to Triskel Arts Centre to hold personal information and data for the sole purposes of this selection process.

DO NOT send any hardcopy proposals or original artwork.  We accept WETRANSFER files.

Send submissions to VisualArt@TriskelArtsCentre.ie

Summer at Scrypt Café Bar

Scrypt Café Bar have launched a new Summer Menu, a Brunch Menu and an Evening Nibbles Menu. Come in and enjoy some tasty treats such as cheese boards, antipasti, sourdough bread with eggs however you want them and our favs chorizo and avocado!

Gluten free and vegan options available.

Scrypt are also delighted to announce they’re using some local suppliers:
The Chicken Inn, English Market
Alternative Bread Company, English Market
Cooleeney Cheese
Brian St Ledger Fruit and Veg

Announced – Triskel celebrates 40th Birthday with Alternative History

Join us for this beautiful concert of early music on Friday 21 September to mark Triskel’s 40th Birthday, the 300th Anniversary of Christchurch and Culture Night. This event is part of the Triskel|40 programme, tickets are free (max. two tickets per person) and will be released at 11am on the morning of the concert.

Alternative History brings together singers Anna Maria Friman and John Potter with lutenists Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman in a project which creates unique new repertoires from historical performance practice.

Announced – Ripple Effect Night Markets

Join Triskel and Scrypt Cafe Bar for the Ripple Effect Night Market. Starting on Thursday 28 June 2018, the markets will have a combination of stalls of local crafts, foodies, vintage clothing and wellness as well as a doggie treats stand for the dog lovers.

“Ripple Effect is about bringing local traders, start-ups and like minded people together, once a month through good summer vibes in a great location within Cork City. If anyone is interested in joining the market, please contact rippleeffectcork@gmail.com,” Lisa Hannigan, Market Organiser.

The markets will be on in Triskel Garden and Scrypt Cafe Bar one Thursday evening a month over the summer.

“The Triskel Garden is a fantastic space in the centre of the city and using it for such an event brings a great buzz to the building and allows the Triskel to share its historic space with the public. The Cafe will be open throughout the evening for refreshments and tasty nibbles to complement the market,” Rose McKenna, Scrypt Cafe Bar.

Host: Scrypt Cafe Bar

Organisers: Grainne Darmody and Lisa Hannigan  of Ripple Effect Market

Dates: Thursday 28 June, Thursday 19 July, Thursday 2 August, Thursday 23 August, Thursday 6 September

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Announced – Summertime Concerts Series

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural 6 Summertime Concerts, the Triskel Arts Centre has programmed another exciting series of lunchtime recitals. Starting on Saturday 23 June in Triskel Christchurch, the series showcases predominantly Irish artists, featuring repertoire ranging from Baroque and Classical to contemporary, “Sound Bath” style works.

Cellist Aoife Burke, curator of the series, said, ‘I’m delighted to be part of this line-up of wonderful musicians and to have the chance to play myself in the beautiful surrounds of Triskel Christchurch. Given the high level of artistry of each of the performers involved, I am convinced the people of Cork will thoroughly enjoy these lunchtime recitals.’

The Concerts

1.10pm Saturday 23 June – Alex Petcu (Percussion)

1.10pm Saturday 7 July – Billy O’Brien (Piano)

1.10pm Saturday 21 July – Norah O’Leary and Caitríona O’Mahony (A Baroque Feast)

1.10pm Saturday 11 August – Aoife Burke and Ciara Moroney (Cello and Piano)

1.10pm Saturday 25 August – Lara Marie Müller and Gary Beecher (Soprano and Piano)

1.10pm Saturday 1 September – Cian and Sabine Ducrot (Flute and Piano)

Tickets on sale now at the links above or by clicking here.