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Visitors have enjoyed the delights and hidden treaseures of Cork City and its environs for almost 250 years, making this city one of Irelands most popular city break destinations. This historic city dates back from the 7th Century and today, Cork City is home to an excellent provision of festivals and events to entaertain both the local community and visitors to this enchanting city.

It is not surprising that Cork has been designated European City of culture 2005 as a result of its cultural excellence and the significance resurgenace in the arts over the last decade or so. Home to the Institut of Choreography and Dance at the circular Firkins Crane, Cork showcases quite a fair number of annual festivals that are staged in the city throughout the year.

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Summer is without a doubt the best time to visit the city and sample its festive delights including Cork Midsummer Festival. This multi-disciplinary arts festival embraces and promotes creativity by staging high quality performances from both indigenous and international theatre companies, artists and musicians. An innovative programme of events provides unique opportunities for both performer(s) and the audience. Staged from Mid to Late June, The Cork Midsummer Festival programmes an exciting array of theatre, choreography and dance, music and literature events, free street theatre and exhibitions as well as providing a platform for emerging local and international talent.

If you are looking for something completely out of the ordinary, Cork plays host the World Ghost Convention which provides visitors with a programme of supernatural and fun-packed entertainment. Staged annually from the 28th October through to Halloween, the convention aptly takes place in Corks Old City Gaol where apparitions of ghosts and sprits have been reported. The convention was inaugurated to allow people to discuss their views on the paranormal and to share experiences from spirit and ghost enthusiasts. Certainly not for the faint hearted!

For Jazz enthusiasts, Cork is home to one of the most prestigious jazz events in Europe, The Guinness Jazz Festival. Renowned as Europes friendliest jazz festival, this annual event has staged an impresseive line-up of Jazz Greats in its 28 year history including Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, Stephane Grapelli and lots more. This particular event is undoubtedly one of the most significant in Irelands arts and cultural calendar, attracting 1,000 musicians from over 25 countries performing at a host venues across the city including The Cork Opera House and Everyman Palace Theatre and the Gresham Metropole Hotel. Come and experience Cork for a jazz weekend to remember at the end of October each year, you will love it!

On the whole, Cork is an exciting city these days offering visitors not only a rich diversity of cultural events but some spectacular theatre productions, traditional Irish music and international cuisine. In recent years, the city has re-emerged as one of Irelands most cosmopolitan cities, having a strong French influence, which has been part of the city for centuries.