Come and join us at Joy in the Park this Sunday 17th July to see the fantastic young rappers, singers and musicians of The Hut Youth Project CDYS, The Kabin Studio and GMCBeats in partnership with Music Generation Cork City take to the main stage from 12 – 1.30pm!


See details about the full event below and at



Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork

Sunday July 17, 2022 – 12noon – 6pm


In partnership with Cork Mental Health Foundation, Joy In The Park will be a celebration of life, whilst highlighting the importance of minding our mental health and well-being through bringing the community together and finding our Joy.

The event is supported with funding from the HSE through the Connecting for Life Cork programme, as part of the HSE suicide prevention mental health strategy and Cork Kerry Community HealthcareCork City Council’s Arts OfficeThe Community Section and the LCDC community grant, PARKSEnvironment & Amenities, ; IMRO’s sponsorship programmeJacobs Engineering and Shine A Light with additional programming support from Minding Creative Minds and the Music Generation Cork City Programme.

A free, fun filled family afternoon, Joy In The Park will take on a carnival atmosphere, promising a quirky and an eclectic mix of live music, spoken word, storytelling, children’s entertainment, circus, workshops, wellness activities alongside a delicious food market.

The event features a top line-up of music, with Indie legend and ringmaster Jerry Fish performing the John McCarthy Main Stage alongside innovative, world music band, KILA and Cork Ska favourites & Pontious Pilate & The Nail Drivers.

A diverse programme of performances will take place throughout the afternoon, including the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Tent, hosting the acoustic stage headlined by Cork native and renowned songwriter John Spillane and featuring some of Ireland’s finest musiciansthe Joy Sylvie Spoken Word Stage presenting a superb line-up of poetry, hiphop & spoken word as well as a magical musical experience with Cork Pops Ensemble. The Couch Sessions in association with Minding Creative Minds, Ireland’s first 24/7 (32 county and our Irish overseas) wellbeing support programme for the entire Irish creative sector, will bring the living room outside, hosting a number of mental health panels and podcast interviews whilst the Sensory & Wellness Haven will create a space of serenity, forming the backdrop for the shimmering and soothing sounds of the Cork Community Gamelan, a Javanese gong & percussion ensemble.

The Cork Circus Factory will entertain families with their dynamic shows and the chance to participate in their workshops following the performances, whilst various happenings will take place throughout the park including the parade of the Pompous Creatures presented by the Cork Puppetry Company, a New Orleans jazz procession by Rebel Brass and performances on the main stage by groups from Music Generation Cork City in partnership with The Hut Youth Project CDYS, The Kabin Studio and GMCBeats. 

Joy In The Park will balance that sense of fun with connection and understanding, whilst raising awareness for mental health and well-being through an engaging programme of wellness, sensory activities and workshops, provided by the HSE/Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Community Work Health Action Zone Team and a number of organisations and community groups including ShineMyMind.orgGROWCork Counselling Services and Jigsaw. They will be joined by PietaSamaritansShine A Light and who will be at the event as part of the support hub, offering their support and information throughout the afternoon.

Joy In The Park is a free event and open to the public from 12noon until 6pm on Sunday July 17, 2022.

For more information and programming visit


Minding Creative Minds 

Minding Creative Minds is Ireland’s first 24/7 (32 county and our Irish overseas) wellbeing support programme for the entire Irish creative sector.


Minding Creative Minds‘ counselling services (in association with Spectrum Life) include: *a 24/7 Dedicated Phone Line; Short-term intervention, telephone Counselling, secure video counselling and comprehensive web portal and app enabling live chat function with a counsellor. Minding Creative Minds focuses on the wellbeing of the entire person, so our programme also includes access to a number of additional services, helping users with various practical issues also.  We ask people in our creative community not to wait until they are in a crisis to contact us; if something is troubling you, regardless of how small you deem it to be, let us help


How to contact Minding Creative Minds

24/7 Dedicated Phone Line (Phone 1800 814 244) | (Calling from NI / UK – 0800 0903677) (International – 00353 15180277)

By texting ‘Hi’ to 087 369 0010 for SMS & WhatsApp Support (standard rate applies) with a qualified psychotherapist / counsellor.

Extensive Web Portal & App enabling live chat function with a counsellor. 

You can download The Spectrum Life app via your phone or computer, and choose Minding Creative Minds.



JOY IN THE PARK – Music Generation Cork City