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Sounds From A Safe Harbour and Body & Soul have teamed up for Cork and Dublin sonic walking experiences

Sounds From A Safe Harbour and Body & Soul have teamed up for Cork and Dublin sonic walking experiences

Sounds From A Safe Harbour in association with Body & Soul Festivals have teamed up to present A City and A Garden, a series of multimedia walking trails in Dublin and Cork that will present stories, soundscapes and visual installations as you walk say, a Cork city street or the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. 

Sonic Walking Trails

The trails are being presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council, and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

Performers and artists


From June 11th to 20th, using a phone, you’ll be able to access experiences that feature the stories of Gavin Corbett and Melatu-Uche Okorie in Dublin or Lisa McInerney and Louise Hegarty in Cork, as curated by Danny Denton (editor of The Stinging Fly).

Music and soundscapes are by Seán Mac Erlaine, Fish Go Deep, The Quiet Club and Tolü Makay. Narration of the stories is provided by Hilary Rose, Conor Lovett, Dorothy Murphy and Tolü Makay.

Visual installations by artist and designer Deirdre Breen will adorn each route, with WP Cork Developers providing the state-of-the-art technology to guide you through the four trails.

The experiences are free.


Brightening Air

The Brightening Air programme is worth exploring. Some highlights nationwide include no_matter_here is a digital artwork, web zine and exhibition by Frank Sweeney which explores the privatisation of Telecom Éireann, Cork Midsummer Festival’s Art Gifts where performers come to your front door and Carlow Arts Festival’s Woman In The Machine, a 360 virtual exhibition space, performances, talks and community engagement projects created in response to Carlow’s landmark former Braun site, and inspired by the film about female pioneers in sound Sisters With Transistors.


ROUTE 1

Writer – Lisa McInerney, “Town: A Love Story in Body Parts”

Narrated by Hilary Rose

Music by Fish Go Deep

Visual installations by Deirdre Breen

Cork City:Shakey Bridge to Red Abbey Route

ROUTE 2

Writer – Louise Hegarty, “Now, Voyagers”

Narrated by Conor Lovett

Music The Quiet Club

Visual installations by Deirdre Breen

Cork City: North Mall to Bells Field

ROUTE 3

Writer – Melatu-Uche Okorie, “The Name for Things”

Narrated by Tolü Makay

Music by Tolü Makay

Visual installations by Deirdre Breen

Botanic Gardens, Dublin

ROUTE 4

Writer – Gavin Corbett,  “Constance”

Narrated by Dorothy Murphy

Soundscape by Seán Mac Erlaine & Dorothy Murphy

Visual installations by Deirdre Breen

Botanic Gardens, Dublin


“It was such a thrill to be asked to narrate the wonderful short story by Lisa McInerney called “Town- A Love Story in Body Parts”.  Mary (Hickson) and Martin (O’Donoghue) from AC+AG contacted me and I knew almost immediately  that I wanted to be part of this project. I can’t wait to wander the streets of my hometown in June and listen to the finished  piece. I feel like it’s not only a love story about two people but it’s also a love story about Cork.”

– Hilary Rose

“To be part of this project means a lot to me. I find myself intrigued with the beauty of what life provides, and to have my first acting role be presented in a wonderful place like Botanic Garden written by Melatu-Uche Okorie is incredible. I hope people love the voice and the wonderful work put in by an amazing team made to guide them as they embrace and love the nature around them.”

 – Tolu Makay

“This project has been a wonderful life line for us all over the last few weeks. We are grateful for the opportunity to make these four unique works. The creative talent involved has been hugely inspiring, with the stories, sounds, visuals and voices helping to reimagine our sense of place. We are very excited and proud to share these special experiences.”

Creative Director Mary Hickson