Kilkenomics

As always in Kilkenny once one festival finishes there’s another waiting in the wings to take over the baton.

As always in Kilkenny once one festival finishes there’s another waiting in the wings to take over the baton.

With the weekend just gone we’ve seen Savour Food Festival, Rockfall music festival, Irish Conker Championships and the Thrillkenny endeavours. Now two events are set to take over.

From the stable of the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival and the new Subtitle event the first, and biggest, of these is Kilkenomics, Ireland’s first economics festival which ties in world class economic thinkers with some of the best comic analytical minds.

That list sees the well known comedians Barry Murphy, Colin Murphy and Karl Spain alongside economic experts Charles Eisenstein, Dr Constantin Gurdgiev and David McWilliams. Together they will entertain, educate and get you thinking at almost 30 gigs spread out in five venues of The Hole in the Wall, Set Theatre, Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Cleere’s and Pembroke Hotel.

It starts on Thursday with an event aimed at those doing the Leaving Cert or thinking about college, Junior Kilkenomics with Peter Antonioni, Karl Spain and other contributors will run at Set Theatre from 2pm to 3:15pm followed that night by Are We Turning the Corner? Ireland in 2013 at Cleere’s from 8pm to 9:30pm which will be contributed to by a number of speakers.

Then across the weekend you can attend events where other serious questions are being asked: Is the Euro Crisis Over?, What are the Defining Issues for 2013?, Wrestling the Economy Back from the Banks: What are the Options. And loads more until it all comes to a close on Sunday with Small Change/Big Difference: Ten Practical Ideas that can Give Us Hope at Set Theatre.

The local currency, the Marble, also returns and will be available in outlets and venues across the city for the duration of the event.

Kilkencomics runs from Thursday to Sunday, shows start at €5 and there are some ticket packages available.

For more see kilkenomics.com