Sounds from a Safe Harbour

Sounds from a Safe Harbour

Partner Organisation

Sounds from a Safe Harbour (SFSH) was established in 2015 and is curated by Mary Hickson, together with Aaron & Bryce Dessner, Cillian Murphy and Enda Walsh.

SFSH is a biennial festival which provides a unique platform for music-based practice integrating it with visual art, theatre, dance and film.  Since its inception, residency practice has been at the heart of this festival – providing space and time for artists to develop their practice, learn from and collaborate with each other. The award winning SFSH has developed an international reputation for providing this specific and nourishing service to artists. The spirit of Irish creativity and fun has been at the heart of these residencies.  SFSH is proud to present and develop work with artists like Dorothy Cross, Bon Iver, RTE Concert Orchestra, The National, Feist, Ragnar Kjartansson and many more.

SFSH has demonstrated great ability to ignite ideas, develop ideas, present work in development, grow projects, find international partners for work and present the end results.  They are interested in testing new ideas and bringing people together, building an international reputation for collaborative based practice with Irish artists at the core, and using this platform to elevate Irish practice and bring it to a world stage. 


1. Bon Iver with Voice Effect Choir at Sounds from a Safe Harbour/Cork Opera House. Photo credit: Brid O’Donovan (2017)