Arts Festival reveals 2012 lineup

Shakespeare’s Globe, opera, Home Rule, French sacred music and Paul Durcan are among the acts performing at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, the lineup of which was revealed at the festival launch last night (Tuesday).

Shakespeare’s Globe, opera, Home Rule, French sacred music and Paul Durcan are among the acts performing at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, the lineup of which was revealed at the festival launch last night (Tuesday).

The festival taking place form August 10-19 will continue its custom of bringing music, literature, craft, visual art and children’s events by entertainers from around the world.

This year’s annual Hubert Butler Lecture will be delivered by Misha Glenny, who will look back at Sarajevo 20 years after the siege.

The theatre, opera and dance programme will bring Shakespeare’s As You Like It presented by The Globe Theatre, Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell presented by Cork Opera House and Coiscéim’s Swimming with My Mother.

The festival’s classical, contemporary and “Wired” music strands will range from a variation on La Morra’s Early Renaissance Spanish Songs to The Golden Age of French Sacred Music with Le Concert Spirituel to Steve Cooney, Fidil with Solo Cissokho, Ivo Papasov and his Bulgarian Wedding Band, Rachel Grimes with Katie Kim, Josh T Pearson, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and trad/ jazz /spoken-word extravaganza DÁN.

The literature strand will feature readings by Paul Durcan, discussions on Home Rule and The War of Independence in Kilkenny and readings by Mike Scott, Claire Kilroy, John Banville, Gallery Press poets, Elliott Perlman and the premiere of Anthony Cronin’s RMS Titanic set to music by Donal Lunny.

The visual art exhibitions will include “At the Still Point: Irish Women Artists working in Film” with work by Cecily Brennan, Jesse Jones, Anita Groener, Tracy Hanna and Niamh O’Malley, and the Butler Gallery will present a selection of video works by Hans Op de Beeck.

The craft programme will include “Utensil: Current Approaches to Tableware” with artists from Ireland, the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Japan.

For families, the festival will have The Ideas Shop with Sarah Webb and Oisin McGann, Púca Puppets, Song Sculptures and a reading by John Boyne.

The full programme is at www.kilkennyarts.ie.