UNPLUGGED: European Union cultural capital Cork takes
events outdoors starting this month, with hundreds of happenings as
part of its Summer in the City program. The program, running
through August, kicks off June 2 with a DJ dance music festival, a
15-mile rowing marathon and "Relocation," an outdoor show series
organized by local theater group Corcadorca and three leading
European street theater companies. Also on tap: the Eurochild
children's arts festival and Coca-Cola National Feile na nGael
contest. For more, visit www.cork2005.ie.
SING-ALONG: Also on the cultural front,
members of Burren-based community choir the Lismorahaun Singers
make their first Dublin appearance June 25, performing Mozart's
Requiem with the City of Dublin Concert Orchestra at RDS Concert
Hall. Author and poet John O'Donohue will host the concert. The
six-year-old choir has more than 70 members ages 7 to 65 from
across counties Galway and Clare. Tickets cost 12 euros (about $15)
and are available from www.ticketlord.com. For more on the singers, visit www.lismorahaunsingers.com.
HERITAGE: The Heritage Island marketing group redesigned
its www.heritageisland.com Web site, boasting what the
group calls a "cleaner, more intuitive" layout that offers "a more
user-friendly interface" to online visitors. The site now features
up-to-date information on more than 80 Irish attractions; on-line
subscription to the Heritage Island Newsletter; and online versions
of the group's Tour Operators Manual and Education Tours Directory.
For more information, call (011) 353-1 236-6890 or visit www.heritageisland.com.
APPLE: On this side of the Atlantic, musicologist Mick
Moloney will host a four-night seminar package Oct. 26 to 30 from
Irish Folklore Tours that will explore the Irish-American
experience in New York City. Highlights include visits to Ellis
Island, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Tenement Museum; meetings
with students of a New York step dance school; four Irish music
concerts; a play at an Irish theatre; lectures by Moloney and a
spirited reading by author and raconteur Malachy McCourt. Rates --
which include accommodation at the Algonquin Hotel, four
breakfasts, one lunch, one brunch, two dinners and all gratuities
-- are $1,899 per person, double occupancy, with a $680 single
supplement. Call (800) 848-4364 or visit www.irishfolkloretours.com.