Marian Flannery and Siobhan Donohoe
Kilkenny will be vying for the title of Ireland's entertainment capital after a number of popular festivals were confirmed for a 2022 return.
After seeing the coronavirus pandemic wipe out gigs, shows and exhibitions over the past 22 months, people will finally be able to plan some good days and nights out after details of this year's Kilkenomics and Kilkenny Animated were announced.
The good news came from Naoise Nunn, festival director, who confirmed the dates for the big events. Kilkenomics, the world’s first festival of economics and comedy, will go ahead as planned from November 3 to 6.
"Bringing people together in person, in cosy environments in Kilkenny City to listen to and exchange ideas and have the craic is what we do," he said in an interview with Siobhan Donohoe for the Kilkenny People's Day In The Life column. "We can’t wait to see everyone back in November in full capacity across the great Kilkenny venues.
"Kilkenny is now a global hub for animation," added Nunn. "That’s worth celebrating."
Before that Kilkenny Animated, a festival of visual storytelling, will return from September 30 to October 2. Run in collaboration with the world-renowned Cartoon Saloon it will have screenings, workshops, and walking tours.
Meanwhile, the ever-popular and highly anticipated Savour Kilkenny returns for the October Bank Holiday weekend.
After a career in rural and community development, Marian Flannery started her project and event management business in 1999 and currently managing four of Kilkenny's festivals; St Patrick's Festival, Tradfest, Kilkenny Day, Savour Kilkenny and Yulefest."
"After two years of lockdown, I can't wait for us to have our best venues in Kilkenny, indoor and outdoor, full of smiling, socialising, clapping and laughing. The Kilkenny people warmly deserve an opportunity to get back out and enjoy the best of local and international music, food, discussions, theatre, comedy and debate and I can't wait to see the return of thousands of visitors from around Ireland and abroad to come and learn anew about all that outlets city and county has to offer. It will be great to have the buzz back."
Kicking off the festival session next month is the return of St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny to the streets from March 15 to 20, 2022.
After a successful virtual festival last year the festival will be taking to the streets with a 6-day programme of events
which will include: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade; performances by American Marching Bands; Street entertainment including acrobats, children’s shows and stilt walkers; Carnival Rides; Rogu Fire Show; Fireworks Display; Street Food vendors; Drum workshops; Live Music and more!
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade remains the central event and will take place on Thursday 17th March at 1.30pm in Kilkenny City Centre. The theme of this year’s Parade is ‘Run with the Wolves’ based around the famous Kilkenny Animation Studio Cartoon Saloon’s latest Oscar nominated movie, Wolfwalkers.
For more information visit stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com
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