At the official opening of the Kilkenny Arts Festival box office were Eugene Downes, Cllr Andrew McGuinness, Cllr Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere, Mayor of Kilkenny and Céline Reilly, box office manager
Kilkenny Arts Festival box office is open on John Street. With a month to go until the 45th Festival, tickets have been going fast on the Festival website, but now anyone intending to catch some of this year’s packed and varied programme can call the box office, or drop in to 76 John street.
Kilkenny CC Leas Cathaoirleach Andrew McGuinness and Mayor of Kilkenny Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere were on hand at 10am this morning to officially cut the ribbon.
“We are inviting everyone - near and far, young and old - to join us in wonderful, historic Kilkenny for this year’s Festival”, said Eugene Downes, Festival Director. “We’re promising eleven days of unmissable experiences, day and evening, indoors and out, so whatever your tastes, we think we have something to tempt you. And don’t forget, it’s all happening in some of Ireland’s most magical spaces.”
Highlights of this year’s programme include the return of the hugely popular Shakespeare in the Castle Yard, with a brand new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, created specially for Kilkenny by leading Irish theatre company Rough Magic.
Music lovers can choose from Beethoven in St Canice’s cathedral, Martin Hayes in the Marble City Sessions, jazz and world music in the Set and much else besides.
There’s an architectural exhibition on new visions for Kilkenny, exciting visual arts at the Butler Gallery and futuristic design at the National Design and Craft Gallery. And lots of free events, including the amazing aerial acrobatics of Loosysmokes in the Castle Park running throught the Festival, and the much-loved Secret Garden Music in some of the city’s hidden spaces.