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Cork International Choral Festival

Experience the best in vocal music with a jam packed programme ranging from world class Gala Concerts and a diverse Fringe programme, to the vibrant Choral Trail, where voices spill out from restaurants, bars, galleries and public spaces across the city.

Incorporating a strong competitive element, the festival also provides a unique opportunity to witness top Irish and international choirs competing in the beautiful setting of Cork City Hall. Competitions run throughout the festival, with the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition providing a thrilling climax to a jubilant five days of song.

Cork Guinness Jazz Festival

The Maldron Hotel Cork is an ideal base for anyone attending the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival gigs. A visit to Cork during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is a must for all music lovers. This October Bank Holiday Weekend, soak up the electric atmosphere of the Jazz Festival while experiencing true hospitality at the Maldron Hotel Cork City. The Hotel’s central location makes it the ideal base from which to explore the jazz hotspots throughout Cork city.

The Cork Jazz Festival is one of the most anticipated events in the Irish festival calendar & is recognised as a significant Jazz event on the world music stage. Every year, hordes of people flock to the city of Cork to experience this annual event which over the years has played host to some of the most famous jazz musicians such as, Ella Fitzgerald, Cleo Laine, Sonny Rollins and Oscar Peterson.

During the day, soak up the atmosphere as you wander through the city to the beat of the street musicians who have descended on Cork from every corner of the world. At night, prepare to face the tough decision of which performance to enjoy, from traditional to offbeat, Cork Jazz Festival has it all.

Cork Midsummer Festival 

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists. Visit Cork Midsummer 2017 or  download the PDF of events here.

Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House is located across the river from the Maldron Hotel Cork, only a 3 minute walk away. The Cork Opera House is Southern Ireland’s premiere venue for the best in Irish and international concerts, comedy, drama, dance, family fare and opera, performed in a 1,000 seat auditorium and an orchestra pit that can hold 70 musicians.

French Film Festival

The French Film Festival, which takes place during March every year, is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year. Hosted in the many theatres in Cork city, there never fails to be an extensive showing of high quality films from France’s best and brightest film directors.

Live at the Marquee

Live at the Marquee is one of the most popular festivals which takes place annually in Cork. Located within walking distance to the hotel, Maldron Hotel Cork is the ideal place to stay if attending an event.

The Cork Folk Festival

The Cork Folk Festival is one of Ireland’s finest musical events and each autumn thousands of world class musicians and followers of good music throng to the city. Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 pubs and at the open- air Ceili Mor on the Grand Parade. At the festival you will find the very best of Irish traditional musicians from Cork, Sliabh Luachra and from all over Ireland playing in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

The Everyman Theatre

The Everyman Palace Theatre is located only 7 minutes’ walk from Maldron 3 Star Hotel Cork. This beautiful Victorian theatre hosts a diverse range of local and professional drama, comedy, concerts, opera and pantomime. The Everyman Palace Theatre is one of Ireland’s leading middle scale presenting and producing theatres. The beautiful 650 seat theatre is a jewel of late Victorian architecture. A listed building, the theatre is steeped in history and is a favourite with audiences and performers alike for its intimacy and atmosphere.

The Street Performance World Championship

Every find yourself wandering around Fitzgerald’s Park wishing that there were some contortionists to watch while you stroll? Well wish no more, because this July, the Street Performance World Championship is returning to Cork. See firebreathers and knife jugglers, hip hop dancers and musicians, magicians and jesters. There’s some fantastic food on offer, and with plenty of face painting kiosks, it’s guaranteed fun for all the family.