The Temple of noon

Kilkenny’s most historic venue, The Hole In The Wall, High Street will be full of Eastern flavour around the time of the Arts Festival.

Kilkenny’s most historic venue, The Hole In The Wall, High Street will be full of Eastern flavour around the time of the Arts Festival.

During Japan and South East Asia Week where the links between the Far East and Ireland - through Lafcadio Hearn (Co Offaly 1900) and the Jesuits et al - will be explored with nightly lectures on aspects of art, culture and history.

Last year the Archer Room at the Hole In The Wall transformed itself into a meditative temple where visitors recalled their relatives and welcomed back their spirits. Bathed in the perfume of joss stick and Japanese imagery it was a moving experience for all who discovered it. Temple from noon on Sunday 11th.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

The Hole in the Wall is acting as host to the Kilkenny Arts Festival’s Bob and Roberta Smith in discussion with Steve Brierley on Sunday, August 11 following their showing in the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle. That will happen at 3pm and Courtney Orlando playing pieces by Crash Ensemble on Saturday, August 17 at 3pm. (Details from the Festival Box Office).

The Week will finish with a focus on Kilkenny’s Hispano-Italiano links through Fr James Archer (1582) and the papal legate Rinuccini on the evening of Monday, August 19.

All in-house lectures concerning Japan and South East Asia Week are free and tickets for the other shows can be purchased from Hole in the Wall, Rollercoaster, Kieran Street and www.tickets.ie.

Watch for details on Facebook/Twitter at www.holeinthewall.ie.

The highly impressive Drúida Núa will play the live Session each Friday from around 10pm and have a large following.