Kilkenny is preparing for an invasion of economists, thinkers, analysts and comedians as the city gears up for the 4th annual Kilkenomics Festival, from November 7 to 10.
Festival goers are advised to fasten their seat belts and prepare for a whistle-stop tour of the global economy as speakers from home and abroad offer their unique take on the world.
Advance bookings for this year’s festival are up, with the city bracing itself for a mini-economic boom as thousands descend to discuss, argue, debate and have fun, according to Kilkenomics co-founder, Richard Cook.
“There is huge interest and local hotels, restaurants and pubs are in for a bumper weekend. After the trauma of recent years with bank bailouts, spending cuts and the Troika we are asking what have we learned from attempted solutions to get back on track - and how they are affecting all of our lives,” he said.
Over four days Kilkenomics will be hosting talks and shows at various venues in the city.
Around The World in 80 Minutes – a Whistle-stop Tour of the Global Economy in 2014”, which takes place on Saturday, November 9th in the Set Theatre at 2 p.m, will give visitors a chance to tease out questions such as why is the Eurozone is now bizarrely seen as an oasis of calm? Is Ireland actually in recovery? And is the US achieving lift-off?
Meanwhile former US bank regulator Bill Black will present Fish Rot in the Hole in the Wall on Saturday, November 9th at 6 p.m, a talk that will strike a chord in Ireland following the recent Anglo Tapes controversy. Black is going to outline how bank CEOs in the US and across the world wrecked the global economy through their misdeeds and crimes. Even better than that he is going to say how we stop them doing it again, and how to prosecute them for what they’ve done.
Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show will broadcast live from The Set on Friday, November 8th from 10 - 12.30 p.m. while Fishamble Theatre will present Colin Murphy’s Guaranteed!, also on Friday, November 8th at 7 p.m. Visitors can join in some fun sessions over the weekend including Jargon Busting Revisited: The Economic Buzzword Game Show in Cleeres pub.
The festival’s opening session, New Bubbles, New Babies, New Growth, New Hope, on Thursday November 7th in Cleere’s Pub at 8 p.m, sets the tone for the weekend asking if the housing boom in Dublin, a baby boom and the tentative signs of recovery augur well for the future of the Irish economy.