Kilkenny Arts Festival

Friday, August 7th, 2015 to Sunday, August 16th, 2015 (Dates provisional)

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.

Details for 2015 are not yet available

Kilkenny Arts Festival Blog

Kilkenny Arts Festival Updates

Wrap-up overview of the Festival from guest blogger Dylan Haskins
Posted: August 25, 2014, 10:09 pm
Billy Collins' poetry reading at the Parade Tower ranged from house pets to breakfast cereal, there was even a poem about choosing the subject matter for a poem.
Posted: August 16, 2014, 8:05 pm
The combination of the unique 13th century ecclesiastical setting and excitment of a rare opportunity to see The Gloaming perform live, ensured an early sell-out.
Posted: August 15, 2014, 6:07 pm
Pentalum and Outside In - the two largest installations at this year's Festival.
Posted: August 14, 2014, 11:01 am
Beethoven's little-known Irish songs performed at Kilkenny Castle's Long Gallery
Posted: August 12, 2014, 12:56 pm

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.

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