Music, song and dancing has enveloped the streets of the Marble City as the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil gets underway.
3,000 participants will take part in the event with over 9,000 visitors attending thus generating hundreds of thousands of euro for the local economy.
The influx of people into the city comes at the height of the tourist season and in the middle of Kilkenny's jam-packed festival calendar
The Fleadh Cheoil officially opened last night (Tuesday) at the Set Theatre and boast an eclectic line up of performers.
Event PRO, Paul Dargan explained the positive impact that the competition has on the locality.
“It has nearly been 12 years since we had a Leinster Fleadh Cheoil in Kilkenny and it is great to have it back.
“The Fleadh Cheoil reaches back to community level. Most of us remember singing or dancing or playing the fiddle as a child and it is fantastic to see our heritage and culture being preserved and continuing to grow at the same time,” he said.
On Wednesday a number of workshops will take place in the Clubhouse Hotel in Patrick Street for fiddle, concertina, flute, beginner whistle and button accordion. Experienced tutors will give the workshops and all ages are welcome. The cost is €10 and the registration is at 10.30am.
Another programme highlight is at the Home Rule Club on John's Quay on Thursday night where a singing session will take place.
The competitions kick off on Friday where there will be set and ceili dancing competions at the Presentation School in Loughboy at 1pm followed by Sean nos Dancing competitions at Gael Scoil Osrai in Loughboy.
On Saturday a Fleadh Mass will take place at St Fiacres Church in Loughboy at 6.15pm.
Meanwhile hundreds of people are expected to converge on the Parade Plaza for Gig Rig Entertainment on the Parade Plaza from 5pm to 9pm.
The Fleadh will conclude on Sunday (July 10) with competitions in the Presentation School, the Gael Scoil Osrai and the Watershed and Gig Rig entertainment on the Parade Plaza from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and from 6pm to 9pm.
The winners from the Leinster Fleadh will go on to represent the province in the national finals in August in Ennis.
For more information see www.leinsterfleadh.ie