Now in its fifth year, the Mallow Arts Festival returns to its traditional July date, following the disruption of the past two years. As communities throughout the country open up following the ending of the Public Health restrictions, there is a large increase in the number of events being organised nationally this year and this, allied to the fact that many people are determined to get away on holiday after two summers of being unable to do so, has resulted in our organising committee not having access to a number of acts which we hoped to book.

Nevertheless, we have put together a comprehensive programme of events, the majority of which are free of charge. We hope that there is something there for everyone to enjoy and our focus this year has been on increasing the number of workshops to provide for greater audience participation.

Our thanks to all our sponsors and particularly to our major sponsors, Cork County Council, Mallow Credit Union, The Hibernian Hotel and McAuliffe Placement Services Limited. Thanks also to Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan for their assistance in securing a Festival Office.

We are greatly indebted to the large number of local businesses both big and small which have, in these challenging economic times supported our Community Arts Festival and we would request that you would support them with your custom wherever possible. Lets Keep It Local!!

On a personal basis, I would like to thank a very hard-working and dedicated organising committee. Their long hours of planning and fundraising will be rewarded if you support our events through your attendance and/or participation.

Tadhg Curtis, Chairperson Mallow Arts Festival.