Friday, August 7th, 2015 to Sunday, August 16th, 2015
One of the biggest and longest established festival on the Irish calendar, this its 38th year, there is great variety at Kilkenny and it is known for the high standards of events. The festival completely takes over the city, with official and fringe events taking place in every available space, from shops and offices to hotels and pubs as well as on the street.
While it would be hard to single out any strand as being of particularly high quality, visual arts and classical music are always very strong. But with theatre, dance, literature, crafts and almost every type of music imaginable also on the menu there is plenty to please everyone. There is a strong children’s programme, though events on this tend to book out very early.
The festival organisers have continued and expanded the innovative method of helping visitors to select the events most likely to interest them, by choosing from highlighted events for first time attendees, those who like their events a little on the alternative side, those who want to be inspired and those who like to be surprised and other classifications. It’s an interesting way of looking at things and works very well.
It's something of a year of epics in Kilkenny in 2015.
DruidShakespeare, distills four of Shakespeare's works - Richard II, Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) and Henry V - into a sweeping narrative of nations, families and the effects of power, both on those who wield it and on the ordinary citizens who live and die as a result. At 6 hrs 30 mins long, this is truly a unique epic and tickets are limited - book early, it will sell out.
Eternal Harmony is a series of 18 concerts exploring the music of Bach, including concertos, cantatas and chamber music, cycles of his works for solo keyboard, violin and cello plus an associated programme of lectures and talks running throughout the festival.
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Details and Location Map
The locations below are the main ones, pick up a copy of the festival programme in the Box Office for a map of all locations.