An international youth exchange
between Cobh Youth Services
Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury (MDK) Bytom, Poland

The project, Crossing the Waves: Poland/Ireland was organised as a developing youth education exchange programme in conjunction with the third annual Cobh Maritime Song Festival held in June 2006.

Cobh Youth Services - young shanty singers 2006  Happy Crew, Bytom, Poland 2006  Pat Sheridan with a young shanty singer, Cobh 2006

The project, initially devised by Peggy Sue Amison and Kamil Piotrowski, began as a series of shanty workshops in Cobh, County Cork and Bytom, Poland with musician and teacher Anna Górecka-Czarny (Passat) based in Bytom and Cork Shanty Singer, Pat Sheridan (Warp Four). The artists have been working with young people in Cobh and Bytom sharing their knowledge in singing and the history of traditional shanties. Exchange visits involving Anna and Pat to Cobh and Poland made up the first stage of this project, providing a unique opportunity for them to exchange information and skills with their young participants.
Anna Goreka Czarny from Poland & young shanty singer in Cobh  Cobh Youth Services Shanty Singers with Banana Boat from Poland, Cobh 2006  Cobh Youth Services, Young Shanty Singers 2006  
Crossing the Waves: Poland/Ireland continued to grow, future plans for an interactive website and a co-operative CD project which will be released for the 2008 Cobh Maritime Festival in June 2007 and Wiosenne Szantowisko youth festival in May 2007 are part of phase two.

Crossing the Waves
was made possibile with partial support from Cork County Council, Cobh Town Council, The  Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin, Travel and Training grants from the Irish Arts Council and Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury in Bytom, Poland.

Shanty singing classes at Cobh Youth Services 2006  Young Shanty pupils with Pat Sheridan, Cobh 2006  Shanty workshop facilitators from Cobh and Poland at the Sirius 2007

If you would like to help support the continued growth of this project please contact
Sirius Arts Centre at: 00 353 21 481 3790, or via email at: cobharts@iol.ie

Cobh Maritime Song Festival