Kilkenny Arts Festival music to the ears as thousands flock to city

Kilkenny Arts Festival music to the ears as thousands flock to city
Sean Keanesean.keane@kilkennypeople.ieSeanKeaneKPnews

Classical and traditional Irish music feature strongly on the programme for this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival brochure.

However, every taste is catered for from Friday until the following Sunday week with a wonderful mix of events for adults and children.

And AKA, the alternative Kilkenny arts event is full of amazing sows and gigs and complements the festival proper which is so important to the local economy; promoting Kilkenny as a cultural and artistic oasis.

Every available space is taken up for exhibitions, recitals. gigs, plays, musical shows and one non verbal communications event in the Home Rule Club.

The Festival will feature Ireland’s largest-ever celebration of Mozart, an epic musical journey featuring some of the world’s most renowned musicians, with lots more to enjoy and explore including a

world-famous travelling theatre ensemble, unique global music collaborations with legendary artists from

three continents, a master painter at work in his studio, an acclaimed poet in residence, dazzling bands and singer-songwriters, leading international thinkers, eerie night time aerial dance theatre and secret garden music.

Many celebrated artists will gather in Kilkenny including Stephen Rea, Footsbarn Theatre, Ricky Skaggs, Loudon Wainwright III, Sir András Schiff, Villagers, Martin Hayes, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Christian Blackshaw, Alina Ibragimova, Mark Padmore, Heath Quartet, Mick O’Dea, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Jörg Widmann.

The Butler Gallery in Kilkenny Castle and the National Crafts Gallery across the road have exhibitions running in tandem with the festival.

One of the world's leading poets, Paul Muldoon is here giving a poetry workshop and to launch his new work in Rothe House on Saturday, August 13 from 6 to 7pm.

The festival finale is on Sunday, August 14 in St Canice's Cathedral promises to be memorable with Martin Hayes headlining.

The ensemble includes Iaral O'Lionaird, Uyhank Sisters, Loudon Wainright III, Paul Mulddoon and others.


Online at; phone 775 2175 or go to the Festival box office, 16 John Street, Kilkenny.

12 page special

A 12 page supplement on the Arts Festival and AKA runs from Pages 43 to 54.