Have you ever considered the myriad lives lived, and the stories and songs and sounds of the streets you walk every day? A City & A Garden invites you to walk again the urban environments you know, but discovering, through your headphones, a different kind of journey, shifting perspectives of place, connectedness, environment, and history.
Through smartphone technology, visitors will discover the stories and songs that lie hidden in the trees and bricks of our city spaces; interwoven narratives and soundscapes that envelop you as you walk a Cork city street, say, or the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.
A City and A Garden, commissioned by Sounds from a Safe Harbour in association with Body & Soul, brings together some of Ireland’s most exciting writers and musicians to realise this ambitious multi-disciplinary project. Literary curator Danny Denton (editor of The Stinging Fly) has selected four exceptional writers – Gavin Corbett, Louise Hegarty, Lisa McInerney and Melatu-Uche Okorie – to create new stories. Creating responses to these stories, the team will expand to include Seán MacErlaine (sound designer and Musical Director), Deirdre Breen (visual artists and multidisciplinary designer), WP Cork Developers, voice-over artists, and a host of talent to help bring the tales to life.
Creative Director of A City and A Garden and Director of Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival Mary Hickson says: “The impact of the last 12 months has been huge on everyone in so many ways. At the very least, we’ve all been challenged to re-imagine the arts, our lifestyle, and commerce through a new lens. Challenges like this bring the possibility of new artistic opportunities, so we’ve risen to this and made a new event that will allow people to experience some art and culture in a way that helps them to re-interpret their surroundings in a very personal and exciting way. It is so incredibly refreshing to be making new work that can safely exist and be experienced in this time. The result of this challenge for us is our new project ‘a city + a garden’. We look forward to presenting this to everyone and to providing creative and imaginative filters to many people’s everyday landscape.”
Explore this one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art public art experience, for free, throughout Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, and Cork Midsummer Festival, 11-20 June 2021, all that’s required is a smartphone, headphones, and your imagination. http://soundsfromasafeharbour.com/
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