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.
Date and details for 2021 subject to confirmation.
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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.