New director of Kilkenny Arts Festival

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

Kilkenny Arts Festival, one of Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary arts festivals today has announced the appointment of Eugene Downes as Festival Director, a position which he will take up mid-October 2013.

Kilkenny Arts Festival, one of Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary arts festivals today has announced the appointment of Eugene Downes as Festival Director, a position which he will take up mid-October 2013.

Downes’s appointment comes following the announcement in early July that current Festival Director Rosemary Collier would take up the role of Executive Director with Opera Theatre Company following the 2013 festival.

Speaking of the appointment, Kilkenny Arts Festival chairperson, Emer Foley said, “The Board of the festival is delighted to have appointed someone of the calibre of Eugene Downes to the role of Festival Director. The festival has developed enormously under the tenure of Rosemary Collier and the festival has seen unprecedented growth in the last two years. She will be sorely missed and we wish her all the best in her new role. It is an exciting time for the festival and there are significant opportunities ahead. We are very much looking forward to Eugene, with his wealth of experience working in the arts both in Ireland and abroad, leading the festival through this next stage of development.”

Eugene Downes served from 2007-12 as Chief Executive of Culture Ireland, creating a new model for the promotion and advancement of Irish arts worldwide.