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Beethoven Reflected at Triskel to Mark 250th Anniversary of Composer’s Birth

Triskel and the National String Quartet Foundation are partnering once again on a series of Saturday lunchtime classical music concerts, this time to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827). For the spring series of Beethoven Reflected, we present three concerts, featuring seven new commissions by some of Ireland’s leading composers.

The first concert is on Saturday 18 January at 1.10pm with the Ficino Quartet and will include specially commissioned works by Amanda Feery, Garrett Sholdice, Cora Venus Lunny and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly.

The ConTempo Quartet will perform in the second concert in the series on Saturday 15 February, which traces threads of connection from the work of Beethoven through to New York’s Julia Wolfe and Cork composer sisters Irene and Linda Buckley.

For the last concert, on Saturday 7 March, Donnacha Dennehy presents a new companion piece for Beethoven’s last and most reflective quartet, his F major quartet Op.135, performed by the Esposito Quartet.

Tickets are on sale now.

January at Triskel Cinema

We’re very much looking forward to new and classic films showing at Triskel Cinema in January. We open with Aquarela and La Dolce Vita (3-7 January) and will even have a one-off screening of The Irishman, the film director Martin Scorsese said has to be watched on the big screen!

Remember for January and February, Triskel Cinema is Friday-Tuesday (with a few special screenings here and there, including a Peter Whitehead double bill feature on Thursday 23 January).

All details online now.

First Fortnight Back at Triskel

Here at Triskel, we understand how the arts can help people – music can soothe us, films can educate us, visual arts make us think. We’re delighted to host a First Fortnight screening once again.

First Fortnight works to create a consistent space in the cultural calendar where citizens can be inspired through arts events and experiences to talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner. They utilise unscripted conversation to change people’s perceptions about the ordinary experience of a mental health problem and the less ordinary experience of mental ill health. First Fortnight also runs a Centre for Creative Therapies, offering creative therapy to those suffering from mental ill health at risk of or currently homeless.

We’re screening Irene’s Ghost as part of First Fortnight on Wednesday 15 January at 7.30pm. There will be a panel discussion after the screening.

Tickets are €10 and are on sale now.

Announced: Anxo Lorenzo, Dónal O’Connor, Jack Talty and Jim Murray at Triskel

Over the past ten years, Anxo Lorenzo, Dónal O’Connor, Jack Talty and Jim Murray have been at the forefront of highly creative Galician and Irish music-making – as players, composers, arrangers, accompanists, producers and record label owners. They will perform here at Triskel on Wednesday 22 January 2020 as part of a nationwide tour with Music Network.

Triskel are delighted to collaborate once again with Music Network on bringing great music to venues.

Tickets are on sale now.

Merry Christmas from the Team at Triskel

It’s been a wonderful year of movies, music and more here at Triskel and we want to thank you, our loyal customers, for your continued support.

Triskel will close on Monday 23 December after the final Christmas Movie screening of It’s a Wonderful Life (starts at 6pm) and will reopen on Friday 3 January 2020 for Triskel Cinema with screenings of La Dolce Vita and Aquarela (3-7 January). We will have a special screening of The Irishman on Thursday 9 January.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 


Triskel Gets to Know … Christian Elliott

Saturday 14 December marks the last Spotlight Chamber Music Series concert and our last classical music concert of the year. So we got to know Christian Elliott, who will play cello on the day.

What is your favourite cinema treat?
Ridge-cut crisps, but they’re noisy so I only eat them when I’m on my own!

What is your go-to motivation music?
The theme music from Bourne Identity usually does the trick.

What is the most memorable place you have performed?
Probably Vevey in Switzerland — doesn’t get much better than seeing lakes and mountains while performing.

What is your most listened to radio station?
I’m ashamed to say I don’t listen to the radio much … but when I was growing up I faithfully listened to CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio 2.

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?
Not really, I never feel guilty about music!

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?
Oh that’s hard … Miklos Rozsa’s Ben Hur score, Bernard Herrmann … Jerry Goldsmith’s score of 1968 Planet of the Apes is high up there, but so is his score for Star Trek – The Motion Picture, and Danny Elfman Nightmare Before Christmas. Did I mention John Williams’ Superman and Star Wars …?

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably an astronaut, and then an actor, then a filmmaker, then a writer.

Is there a musician whose work particularly inspires you?
Vladmir Horowitz, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink … I could go on but I’d better stop.

Who are the three people at your dream dinner party? Why?
Patrick Rothfuss (fantasy writer), Kip Thorne (physicist), and Clara Schumann (R.I.P.). I have a feeling we’d all learn something, and hopefully have a good laugh.

How do you get ready for a concert?
Practice, usually … (just kidding). Getting dressed.

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Join us for the European Cinema Night in Cork!

Cork will be one of the 54 cities across Europe taking part in the European Cinema Night during the first week of December. Join Triskel on Thursday 5 December for the advance preview screening of moving family drama Amanda to celebrate together the richness of the European film culture!

Creative Europe MEDIA – the EU’s programme supporting the European audiovisual sector – is organising the second edition of a unique outreach event with the objective of bringing Europe closer to citizens while celebrating together the richness of European film culture. The event, entitled ‘European Cinema Night – Sharing stories we love’ will take place from 2 to 6 December 2019 in 54 cities across Europe and will reach more than 14,500 people.

Around free screenings of European films supported by MEDIA, the European Cinema Night aims to show how the European Union – through Creative Europe MEDIA – not only benefits the creative and cultural industries, but also serves our society at large. This initiative will connect cinemagoers in numerous cities across Europe and will help to strengthen the links among people around a shared European identity based on diversity.

In the case of Cork, Triskel Arts Centre (a member of the Europa Cinemas network, which is, together with Creative Europe MEDIA, one of the organisers) will host a special evening event on Thursday 5 December to screen the MEDIA supported film Amanda. This French drama, which won director Mikhaël Hers the Magic Lantern Award at last year’s Venice Film Festival, was chosen by Chris O’Neill, Head of Cinema at Triskel, since it is an unsentimental yet moving picture illustrating how a tragic incident impacts a family. This is a preview of Amanda ahead of its cinema release in early 2020.

Before the screening, there will be a short debate where film lovers will have the opportunity to meet Tara Brady, film critic with The Irish Times, to discuss the film. The screening will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is part of the European Commission “going local” communication campaign, which shows citizens how European policy is linked to their lives – in this case, to the emotions they feel at cinemas – and how, by attending a locally-grounded event, they can be part of a globally-connected experience across Europe.

Tickets are free and will be released at 10am on Thursday 5 December. Click here for more information.

Triskel Christmas Market Celebrates Local Artists and Crafts

Scrypt Café Bar and Triskel are hosting a 2-day Christmas Craft Market on the weekend of 29 November to complement the opening of Glow in Bishop Lucey Park next door. The market will be on 6–9pm on Friday 29 November and 2–5pm on Saturday 30 November.

Triskel Christmas Market will showcase local artists and crafts people, including artists, jewellery makers, candle makers and a soap maker. There will also be plenty of handmade Christmas gift ideas, such as cushion covers, Christmas decorations, skincare products and trinkets galore, as well as local artisan food and hot drinks available.

“This is a great way to promote Green Friday, which is all about supporting local artists and craft makers on Black Friday, and pick up some different and interesting gifts for your loved ones,” said Rose McKenna of Scrypt Café Bar. “What better way to spend a few hours on a weekend in the run up to Christmas than in a beautiful setting with a great Christmassy ambience with a hot port/whiskey/chocolate in hand and maybe even a few mince pies.”

This is a family-friendly event but grown-ups might like to know that Scrypt Café will also be running a Cocktail Night in the adjoining bar where you can sip fancy cocktails till late.

Here are the vendors who’ll be part of our Christmas Craft Market:

Live Our Values
Eco alternatives like vegan deodorant, bamboo tooth brush, punny bags and much more.

Arla Crafts
Handmade macramé plant hangers, dried flowers in frames & wood slice hand painted Christmas ornaments

Lucia Moreno Montero Illustration

Unseen Forces (Artist)
Small Prints and Christmas Cards

The Little Fox Den
Screen printed t shirts and jumpers, illustrations and repurposed vintage plates

Riona Skincare
Natural Skincare products

Remedy Roots
Natural Herbal Teas and Alternative latte drinks

Arboretum Studio
Pressed flowers and glass jewellery and decoupage

Luna Maille

Annie Forrester Art
Artwork Pieces 

Suds Johnson
Handmade Soaps

Bad Ass Cushions
Cushion Covers

Savana B Design
Seaglass Jewellery

Tom Herdmen

John Seagram Candles
Natural Candles

Accidental Alterations
Handmade Characters

The Quiet Creative
Photography, Handmade cards

Kate McGuane Ceramics

Aluna Crafts
Handmade Jewellery

Anastasia Stepnova
37 Blackbirds Jewellery

Mauro Italian Food
Vegan Italian Inspired Dishes

Jennifer’s Keepsakes
Kids Comforters, Fairy Gates Crochet Blankets, Kids hair bows

Orla’s Oasis Flowers
Flower Creations for occasions!

More information from Scrypt’s Instagram

Triskel Gets To Know … Chiara Opalio

Pianist Chiara Opalio will perform here on Saturday 23 November as part of our Spotlight Chamber Music Series with Aoife Burke (cello) and Eoin Ducrot (Violin). Their programme will include Haydn, Brahms and a piece by series featured composer Solfa Carlile – Saul and the Witch for Piano Trio. We got to know Chiara a little better ahead of her concert.

What is your favourite cinema treat?
Absolutely popcorn!

What is your go-to motivation music?
Vasco Rossi!

What is the most memorable place you have performed?
Tonhalle Theatre in Zürich.

What is your most listened to radio station?
Energy Radio (Switzerland).

Is there a band/artist you enjoy that you would describe as a ‘guilty pleasure’?

Do you have a favourite movie soundtrack?
I love all of the Morricone soundtracks.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I actually wanted to be a chef! Or a nurse. 

Is there a musician whose work particularly inspires you?
I admire a lot of musicians, but I get my inspiration from my teachers in Basel and amazing musicians like András Schiff and Martha Argerich. 

Who are the three people at your dream dinner party? Why?
To my dream dinner party, I would invite my boyfriend Eoin (he’s always a great motivator!) together with Sabine and Cian – with them you have a perfect party for sure! Emotional, intense and also super funny.

How do you get ready for a concert?
The day of a concert, normally I try to not get up too early but early enough to have time to practice calmly and take care of myself to feel the best when I’m on stage. I don’t do anything completely different from normal days, just I try to stay more focused.

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Pioneer in the field of Jazz Harp to perform at Triskel

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Featuring Tony Kofi, Larry Bartley & Joel Prime

When you see a harp, you think ‘classical music’. But Alina Bzhezhinska turns that thought on its ear!

She brings a new perspective to this supposedly dainty instrument, taking the groundbreaking work of Alice Coltrane in the 1960s as a stepping-off point for her own flighty improvisations and sonic adventures. Capable of high-octane lapel-grabbing statements, she can also create extraordinary lyricism and soul within her own compositions, and this versatility and curiosity has marked her out as a pioneer in the field of Jazz Harp.

Alina will be here with her Quartet on Thursday 6 February. Tickets are €20/€18 and are on sale now. Book now to make sure you experience this special musical event.

Presented by Music Network.

Christmas Movies at Triskel

There are 6 Sundays left before Christmas but more importantly than that, there are just 5 Sundays left before our Christmas Movies start!

Christmas Movies at Triskel are a tradition for a lot of people (if you don’t believe us, check out this year’s Holly Bough!) so we’re delighted to be bringing back our favourites: The Muppet Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life and the eternally-divisive Die Hard (is it a Christmas movie or is it a movie set at Christmas?!).

We’ll be learning about the true meaning of Christmas with the Muppets and George Bailey from Sunday 15 December, while we’ll watch John McClane throw Hans Gruber from the Nakatomi Building from Friday 19th. (There are just three chances to catch Die Hard on the big screen so pre-book to avoid disappointment.)

We look forward to seeing you all here.

(And we have another Christmas-themed movie in December – we’re showing Gremlins for one night only on Thursday 12th).


Announced: John Blek Album Launch Presented by Coughlans Live

Triskel will host the launch of the brand new album by Cork’s own John Blek on Saturday 7 March. John Creedon on RTÉ said, “His talent is shining brighter with every album.” while The Thin Air called him “a master of subtlety in realms of folk-informed pop”.

Tickets are €17 and on sale now – book now and don’t miss out!