Firkin Crane, the home of dance in Cork, is a place where dance artists, dance audiences and dance enthusiasts can make, see and participate in dance of all kinds. Firkin Crane is unique as a resource for dance in Ireland in that it has a stage dedicated to the year -round presentation of dance. In addition, it has smaller performance spaces, an exhibition space and four dance studios, all housed in a distinctive heritage building. These resources are important because of what they support people to do: to experiment with, to create and to enjoy dance in its many forms.
The building was erected as part of the Butter Market in the mid 1850’s. A major refurbishment in the 1980’s adapted the space for use by dance professionals, audiences and enthusiasts, who wish to participate in dance of all kinds.