About Firkin Crane
In this unique building, support is provided for every aspect of professional dance:
space for individual artists to research and create;
studios for personal and shared practice;
administrative and technical facilities;
connection with an expanding audience.
Firkin Crane has gone through many guises since it was erected as part of the Butter Market in the 19th century: the current rotunda building has been a dedicated cultural centre since the 1980’s and continues to be a focal point for dance in Ireland:
We support the practice and performance of all forms of dance.
We enhance the engagement between the general public and dance.
We encourage the development and growth of dance as an artform.
We provide for the professional development of dance performers and creators.
We facilitate the cross-fertilization of ideas and interactions between dance artists and practitioners from all disciplines.
We initiate innovative partnerships at local, national and international level.
We are actively involved with the local community in creating valuable social platforms.
"All of us in Firkin Crane seek to engage with Cork’s artistic and cultural community, exploring the possibilities for a diverse use of the building and its resources while, at the same time, maintaining strong links with existing user groups. We welcome enquiries from people interested in learning, teaching or creating any form of dance, performance or bodywork and are open to proposals from community, local, national and international groups."
Paul McCarthy, General Manager, Firkin Crane