Firkin Crane is the home of dance in Cork, a place for dance artists, dance enthusiasts and dance audiences. With our specialist dance facilities, we provide support and resources for training in dance, and the production and performance of revised and new dance work. 

Our vision for Firkin Crane is for dance to be one of the most vital, exciting, and sustainable artforms in Cork and Munster. Our mission is to promote and creatively engage in advancing dance as an artform. We do this by supporting the development of dance as an artform, we sustain the holistic development of the dance artist, and we deliver the supports to artists to bring dance to diverse communities through training, audience development and participation opportunities.

Man at the Door (Number 54) created by Junk Ensemble, Cork City Dance Artists in Residence at Firkin Crane 2017-20 and performed at Sunbeam Bingo Hall during Cork Midsummer Festival 2018. Pictured are dancers Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and Lucia Kickham. Image Credit: Luca Truffarelli

As we welcome a new Executive Artistic Director this Autumn, the country continues to recover and reopen, and we look forward to our 30th Anniversary next year, we see a prime opportunity for investment in the possibilities of new growth. Firkin Crane has nurtured creative experimentation in many forms of dance, providing choreographers and their collaborators space to react, respond, question, and reply to all the transformation of our world. We have provided many training and development opportunities to dancers of all ages and abilities, which have contributed to the joy and well-being of all who have participated.

Come discover dance with us at Firkin Crane, support us in our next steps in the future of dance, be a part of the growth and development as we work on our 30th Anniversary Season in 2022, which we can’t wait to share with you!