Launched by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, today, Kilkenny Animated is a brand new festival of visual storytelling, incorporating cartoons, animation and illustration in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and experiences that celebrate the creativity and craft of the visual image.
This is the largest exhibition of its kind seen in Ireland. More than 200 pieces from these artists will take place over the weekend in the Goods Shed. There’ll also be a spectacular exhibition of street art and graffiti in one of the old Smithwick’s Brewery buildings in the Abbey Quarter featuring local artists Mick Minogue and Dan Leo and and a sketching walking tour of historic sites in Kilkenny city that inspired and feature in the forthcoming Cartoon Saloon feature, Wolfwalkers.
Speaking today, Minister Madigan said:
“Kilkenny Animated’ is not just an opportunity to network - it is a genuine reason to celebrate the substantial achievements of your industry here in Kilkenny. It is the very exemplar of the value of creativity and that is why I am delighted to announce that I am providing a grant of €15,000 towards the festival this year as part of the Government’s Creative Ireland Programme."
Welcoming the event, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Festivals, Ciara Sugrue said:
“This first ‘Kilkenny Animated’ festival was developed in response to Failte Ireland’s ‘What the Big Idea?’ initiative where we looked for new and innovative ideas for new festivals in Ireland with strong appeal to international visitors. The ‘Kilkenny Animated’ festival was one of four events developed from hundreds of submissions under the initiative and we have committed financial support to the festival for three years to allow it to develop and grow. The festival very much fits with Failte Ireland’s ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ brand which – amongst other things - promotes Ireland as a country with the best storytellers in the world.”
The festival is hosted by treble-Academy Award® nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon and is set against and inspired by the backdrop of Kilkenny’s medieval streets and slipways at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.
There’s hilarious stand up comedy with 2D animation and anarchic projections from Bec Hill and Howard Read; spell-binding and award-winning dance with live animation from Hungarian group Bandart; the premiere of animated series Cul an Ti (TG4, Paper Panther, Cartoon Saloon) with live music from Kila, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy, Mary Coughlan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Bernie Pháid and John Spillane; and the Hometown Gala Premiere of Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated feature The Breadwinner, with a special post -show interview with director, Nora Twomey.
There’s an amazing programme of workshops, talks and slideshows from some of the world’s greatest character designers, illustrators, animators and cartoonists who, between them, are responsible for work at Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, New Yorker magazine. The New York Times, The Irish Times, Washington Post, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and the Jim Henson Company among many, many others.
The festival takes place this weekend from Friday Feb 23rd to Sunday Feb 25th
Check www.kilkennyanimated.com for further details.