Dermot Kennedy and Cillian Murphy will be attending Sounds from a Safe Harbour Fest

The full lineup has also just been revealed!

Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival (SFSH), renowned for its eclectic and ground-breaking programming, announces the final round of special events to their line-up for the 2023 edition.

Taking place from 7th – 10th September in venues across Cork City, SFSH promises to be an unmissable four days of music, dance, literature, theatre, and conversation, with plenty of ticketed and FREE events to explore, curated by Festival Director Mary HicksonBryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, actor Cillian Murphyand playwright Enda Walsh


With new collaborations at the beating heart of SFSH, a number of International and Irish artists will come to Cork for the week leading up to the festival, to experiment and collaborate with each other in the ‘37d03d residency’. 

Some of the results of which will feature in previously announced ticketed events where ‘special guests’ are mentioned. They will also be appearing on the pop-up programme around the city over the course of the weekend.

Keep an eye on SFSH’s social media for news on venues and locations and be open to some new exciting experiences. Many of the artists already announced will feature on the residency too, with the addition of: Alexi Murdoch, Cillian Murphy, David Kitt, Dermot Kennedy, Dustin O’Halloran, Elaine Howley, Eoin French, Hana Stretton, Laoise Leahy, Niamh Regan, Ólafur Arnalds, Paddy Keenan, Peadar O’Goill, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Shahzad Ismaily, Sophie Gough, The Space Between, and The Staves.

Still image from Cillian Murphy’s new film: ‘All of this Unreal Time’

Sounds from a Safe Harbour presents an Ireland x Iceland food collaboration The Last Supper with Takashi Miyazaki of Ichigo Ichie (Cork), Rob Krawczyk of Chestnut (Ballydehob), and Georg Arnar Halldórsson previously of Óx (Reykjavik), who will present a unique 7 course menu to close SFSH23 in The Mirror Room at The River Lee Hotel.

Taking inspiration from the collective experiences of Irish, Icelandic, and Japanese cultures, the three chefs have created a meal that will remind you of home while exploring the similarities and differences of ingredients and flavours we all recognise as islanders. Speaking about the event Takashi Miyazaki said “We are excited to explore the space between the local produce and cooking techniques of these two islands – Ireland and Iceland.  The core motivation behind this event is collaboration, digging into each other’s roots while prioritising food sustainability and ethical consumption.”

Ruairi O’Connor, General Manager, River Lee Hotel.Cork artist and researcher Sophie Gough worked with the group to create the painting to represent the event and took her inspiration from seaweeds.  She will also feature in the 37d03d residency.

Limited to 100 people, tickets for this exclusive event will be released on Wednesday 23rd August at midday. 

The service will be split into 3 long table sittings: 7pm, 7:45pm, and 8:30pm. 

Tickets are €200 for meal only, and €260 with a natural wine pairing by Le Caveau (Kilkenny). There will also be a wine list available for purchase on the night.(Alternative menu available for both Vegetarians and Coeliacs.)

On Thursday night at 10:30pm in The Pavilion, Nik Taylor presents Clinker Babbage – an improvised music-making ritual involving an ever-changing, ever-growing oversized band of varying ability, and a Svengali with one long arm. Obey the rules, unfetter your inhibitions, embrace the offbeat; instructions issued with a pokey finger. Tickets €15 and will be available on Wednesday 23rd Aug at midday.

Some of the previously announced shows include: Feist’s Multitudes; the European premiere of Bonny Light Horseman with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by Robert AmesWilco, with support from Anna MiekeYe Vagabonds’ Lighthouse ConstellationsLA Force, Anna B Savage + Brìghde Chaimbeul, Cormac Begley | Romain Bly | Kate Ellis | Caimin Gilmore, The Vernon SpringAlex Somers’ Liminal SoundbathKara Jackson, Indigo Sparke, Memorial, Crash Ensemble with Diamanda La Berge DrammINNI + Fischersund: An Evening of Scent and MusicMax Porter, Megan Barker, Teac Damsa’s ‘How to Be a Dancer’, Luke Murphy’s ‘Volcano’ + much much more. 

For full listings, and tickets, visit 

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