Fri 23 Jun - Sun 25 Jun


"One of the greatest achievements in performance of the last 10 years" - The New York Times
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Cork Midsummer Festival, The Everyman and National Sculpture Factory, supported by Cork City Council, present
Sun & Sea

Live at City Hall, Cork

Sun & Sea is an award-winning opera performance watched from above and performed on an indoor beach at Cork’s City Hall.

Join us for an afternoon at a crowded beach – the burning sun, bright swimsuits, and bodies sprawling lazily across a sea of towels. The squeal of children, laughter and the sound of an ice cream van in the distance. Listen as sunbathers sing of early morning flights, burnout, sunblock and piña coladas while also observing changes in the natural world around them.

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, this spectacular production has enchanted audiences around the world from Los Angeles and New York to Santiago and Sydney, and has been celebrated for its humorous and powerful exploration of our relationship with the planet and climate crisis.

“One of the greatest achievements in performance of the last 10 years” – The New York Times

Sponsored by Infratech.

“A heartbreakingly beautiful elegy for our relationship with the planet” – Time Out

“Surreal as it is profound” – BBC

“Intensely beautiful” – Financial Times

“Astonishing” – The Guardian

Lithuania’s national entry for the 2019 Venice Biennale with an all-female creative team – visual artist and composer Lina Lapelyte, writer and poet Vaiva Grainytė and film/theatre director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Sun & Sea received the festival’s top award, the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

Curated by Lucia Pietroiusti, founder of the General Ecology project at Serpentine, the work has toured the world. Notable presentations include BAM (New York), New European Theatre Festival (Moscow), MOCA (Los Angeles), Teatro Argentina (Rome), Zurcher Theaterspektakel as well as presentations in Athens, Bentonville, Copenhagen, Hanover, Luckenwald, Malmo and Philadelphia.

Sun & Sea is a durational performance, with each cycle of the performance lasting approximately 60 minutes however audiences may leave at any time. Audiences will watch the performance a platform above the beach, and are encouraged to move around all four sides of the space throughout the performance.

Please note tickets are standing only. Accessible options are available, please contact the festival for further information –


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Ticket from €18 Running time 60 MIN | NO INTERVAL

Age recommendation: 12A

Trigger Warnings: None

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Date Time Prices
2023-06-23 5:00 pm Performances at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm | €28 Buy Tickets
2023-06-24 5:00 pm Performances at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm | €28 Buy Tickets
2023-06-25 5:00 pm Performances at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm | €28 Buy Tickets