Ireland’s premier arts festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival will attract 25,000 people to the city with a programme that is innovative, fresh and engaging.
The programme boasts 10 days of theatre, music, visual art, literature, craft, children’s and street theatre from August 10 to 19.
Former Mayor David Fitzgerald said the city supported the festival and that he was impressed by the scale of and quality of the programme and offered wholehearted support from everyone in Kilkenny to the festival. “I’d like to particularly congratulate the festival on securing Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for first time in Ireland and bringing a large and varied range of arts events ,” he said.
Also attending the launch of the festival in the Kilkenny Design Centre were Michael Moore, Eirgrid; Kathleen Moran, Kilkenny Design Centre; Emer Foley Festival Chairperson; Graham Doyle, Waterford Airport; Alex Meldrum, Grennan Mill; Niamh Finn, Kilkenny Arts Office; Ann Mulrooney, Crafts Council of Ireland, John O Kane, Arts Council; Shane McDonald, Mount Juliet Hotel and Isabelle Smyth, Heritage Council. The world of finance was represented by Eddie Buckley, Regional Director AIB and Anne Marie Frayne, AIB Branch manager.
Artistic Director, Rosemary Collier said the Festival is about bringing the most innovative and enthralling cultural events to the city, showcasing the very best in contemporary arts. “We have worked hard to create a programme that is truly inclusive and appealing to all ages with cutting edge and some already established cultural gems on offer,” she said.
In St Canice’s Cathedral, extraordinary young pianist Polina Leschenko returns with a dazzling quartet including violinist Ilya Gringolts. This year’s Wired programme has underground indie acts; chart-topping rock stars like Mick Flannery while in the Set, the Balkan flavours of Ivo Papasov and his Bulgarian Wedding Band will have visitors dancing and dynamic young trio Fidil joins forces with kora player Solo Cissokho for a gig that throws away the rule book on traditional music.
In literature award-winning journalist and historian Misha Glenny marks the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, while two special discussions; explore the ill-fated 1912 Home Rule bill, and the War of Independence in Kilkenny.
Children won’t miss out. The McBride family welcome them into their traditional circus tent at Circo Islu, a magical and hilarious live show with clowns, live music and beautiful hand-carved puppets. There are workshops galore on everything from dance to writing stories.
The Still Point’, a wonderful exhibition showcasing the work of leading Irish women video artists and the Butler Gallery presents a selection of video works by Hans Op de Beeck. Utensil, is an exhibition featuring no less than 23 craftmakers inspired by the humble kitchen not to be missed.
For the full programme, please log on to www.kilkennyarts.ie. Kilkenny Arts Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Crafts Council of Ireland.