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Cork City Council welcomes Cork Cycling Arts Festival

The first ever Cork Cycling Arts Festival gets into gear from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th July 2008 with a fantastic range of free events celebrating bicycle culture in the city. The festival will have arts and entertainment at its heart with a special focus on family-friendly events. Cycling is fast, trendy, planet-friendly, and healthy - a means of transport as well as a hobby. Cork Cycling Arts Festival will be a fun and energetic event, with a positive environmental message, a healthy lifestyle choice and a free and youthful outlook.

The people of Cork can look forward to some of the most exciting cycling events imaginable and Cork City Council is pleased to support it. This is the ultimate opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including art, film nights, cycling tours, workshops and a family cycling picnic. Highlights include:

·         Cycling Advocacy Meeting – This public meeting will open Cork Cycling Arts Festival and will offer a two-hour session of talks by local and international speakers followed by a public debate. O'Rahilly Building, UCC, Room 212.

·         The Sense of Cycling, an interactive arts exhibition will be installed in the Princes' Street Unitarian Church throughout the festival where artists and performers will explore all sides of the cycling experience – from exhilaration to vulnerability.

·         3 participatory bike rides - a Guided Bike Tour of Cork city, the Critical Mass Bike Ride and a slightly more challenging cycle led by Cork-Kerry An Óige.

·         3 Film Nights: Chain Reaction (Documentaries), Bicyclicious (Art short films) and Cyclinematic Masterpiece (classic cycling films)

·         Red Singing Bikes will be presented by Cork Community Bikes who will prepare bikes to perform Willem Raes' Second Symphony written in 1976 – cyclists who wish to take part in this exciting performance are invited to meet at 6pm in Daunt Square on Saturday 26th July.

·         3 cycling workshops on Saturday 26th – Pimp my Bike! With sculptor Rob Ireson, Fix your Puncture and a creative Cycling Stickers workshop.

·         A Cycling Picnic at the Atlantic Pond on Sunday 27th with an escorted ride there at 12 noon from Emmet Place returning at 6pm.

'Cork City Council is delighted to support this new venture. As an eco-conscious festival city we embrace both established and young festivals in Cork .  We believe Cork Cycling Arts Festival will make a significant contribution to the environmental and cultural life of the city and hope the citizens of Cork come along and enjoy all that is on offer',  said the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Brian Bermingham.

The festival is supported by Cork City Council, Trendy Travel Europe, Intelligent Energy Europe and various local sponsors including Milano's restaurant and Go Car Ireland .

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