TICKETS sales rocketed by 18% at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival with millions of euro being pumped into the local economy.
The festival ended up a high note at St Canice’s Cathedral on Sunday night when musicians from Ireland, France and Scotland joined forces in a unique collaboration bringing together some of the world’s finest traditional and jazz musicians.
Over 1400 people per night descended on the city for the ten-day festival to enjoy the usual diverse and wide ranging entertainment that has become synonymous with the festival.
This year’s Festival director and CEO, Rosemary Collier, said ‘It’s phenomenal for me in my first year to have Shakespeare’s Globe at the heart of the festival and to have so many other shows selling out alongside As You Like It’
The highlight of the festival for many was the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre production of As You Like It in the Castle Yard at Kilkenny Design have sold out it’s ten performances. This is the first year time that The Globe has appeared in Ireland.
Other highlights of the festival included Dido & Aeneas produced by Cork Opera House, The Kilkenny Arts Festival Choir amd Orchestra, 3epkano and Iarla O’Lionaird who performed a live film score for Der Golem at St Canice’s Cathedral, Senegalese harpist Solo Cissokho playing with Donegal’s FIDIL, An Evening with Mike Scott and a John Banville reading and the sold out Hubert Butler lecture delivered by Misha Glenny.
The legendary folk musician, Josh T Pearson stunned the audience into silence as he delivered a powerful performance in Billy Byrnes. The emotional intensity of his songs were interjected by his lewd wit which provided light relief and laughter. A personal favourite for many was A Winged Victory for the Sullen, an instrumental ensemble who performed at Set Theatre on Saturday.