Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets
My inspiring festival

Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets The Heath Quartet (UK)

Fri 8 August - Sun 17 August
St. John’s Priory

One of Europe's most exciting young quartets takes up residence in St John’s to perform a full cycle of Beethoven’s extraordinary string quartets in ten captivating lunchtime concerts.

Sold Out

event details

Beethoven Quest: The Complete Piano Concertos

Beethoven Quest: The Complete Piano Concertos Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland (Ireland)

Fri 15 August - Sat 16 August
St Canice’s Cathedral

Barry Douglas and his acclaimed orchestra present a rare cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos over two evenings in the glorious surroundings of St Canice’s Cathedral.

Sold Out

event details

Beethoven Quest: The Man Behind The Music

Beethoven Quest: The Man Behind The Music Gerry Murphy (Ireland)

Sat 16 August
The Parade Tower

Composer and Beethoven devotee Gerry Murphy takes an affectionate look at the life and times of a man who transcended a wealth of personal troubles to create an unrivalled body of work.

Sold Out

event details

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA)
My inspiring festival

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) with Sam Amidon, Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes

Fri 15 August
Set Theatre

The legendary guitarist is joined by special guests including Sam Amidon, Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes for a unique encounter between American and Irish musical traditions. 

Sold Out

event details

Marble City Sessions: Doug Wieselman (USA)

Marble City Sessions: Doug Wieselman (USA) From Water

The celebrated clarinettist's new album is a wildly innovative tribute to water in all its forms, and this free open-air performance on the banks of the River Nore is not to be missed.

 

Free

event details

Marble City Sessions: Thomas Bartlett & Friends (USA) / This Is How We Fly (International)

Marble City Sessions: Thomas Bartlett & Friends (USA) / This Is How We Fly (International)

Sat 16 August
Set Theatre

Two members of The Gloaming – Thomas Bartlett and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – showcase different musical projects in this exciting double bill ranging from hard-shoe dancing to progressive folk, jazz and traditional. 
 

Book

event details

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) Solo

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) Solo

Sat 16 August
Left Bank

One of the world’s great guitar virtuosos comes to the Left Bank with his inimitable mix of jazz, rock, folk and Americana.

Sold Out

event details

Marble City Sessions: Festival Finale

Marble City Sessions: Festival Finale

The Marble City Sessions reach a climax in this unique gala that brings together a galaxy of stars including Bill Frisell, Billy Collins, Sam Amidon and all five members of The Gloaming.
 

Sold Out

event details

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's Globe (UK)

Fri 8 August - Sun 17 August
Castle Yard at Kilkenny Design

One of the world’s great theatre companies returns to the Castle Yard with this masterpiece of comic timing and dramatic suspense featuring literature’s wittiest bickering couple.

Book

event details

Deep

Deep Raymond Scannell (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
Cleere’s Theatre

Raymond Scannell takes us on a journey through the dry ice and raised arms of SWEAT – Ireland’s first House music club – in this award-winning one-man show exploring 1990s dance culture.

Sold Out

event details

Gems of the Baroque

Gems of the Baroque Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists & Deirdre Moynihan (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Black Abbey

The IBO Chamber Soloists perform a selection of Baroque cantatas sung by Deirdre Moynihan, the Cork soprano winning widespread acclaim for her performances.

Book

event details

Funky Fidelma (Ireland)

Funky Fidelma (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 10 August

An interactive street show filled with clowning, circus skills and amazing acrobatics.

Free

event details

The Fanzini Brothers: Professor Plunger (Ireland)

The Fanzini Brothers: Professor Plunger (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 10 August

His riotous new show features dancing, plungers, hair and a spectacular (or at least, noisy) finale involving bells.

Free

event details

Kunst und Kirche (Art and Church)

Kunst und Kirche (Art and Church) Dr Guido Schlimbach

Sat 9 August
The Parade Tower

To mark Max Streicher’s installation at St Mary’s Hall, Dr Guido Schlimbach, curator at Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne, explores the challenges of curating contemporary art in sacred spaces.
 

Free

event details

Secret Garden Music

Secret Garden Music

We aren’t revealing exactly which of the Festival’s biggest names will be taking part in this series of pop-up concerts – you’ll have to come along to find out!

Free

event details

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Fri 15 August
The Parade Tower

Join us in the Parade Tower for the launch of this year’s Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet, launched by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

Sold Out

event details

The Fanzini Brothers: Ali Acrobat (Ireland)

The Fanzini Brothers: Ali Acrobat (Ireland)

Sat 16 August - Sun 17 August

Ali Acrobat brings his nonstop rollercoaster of infectious fun and jaw-dropping skill to Kilkenny.

event details

Conversations With The Cast

Conversations With The Cast

Sat 16 August
The Watergate Theatre

Join us before the show for a Q & A with the cast. FREE BUT TICKETED

Book

Free

event details

Outside In (Max Streicher)

Outside In (Max Streicher) Canada

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
St. Mary’s Hall

A unique opportunity to explore the stripped-back interior of St Mary’s Hall, filled with shimmering cloud forms created by acclaimed Canadian artist Max Streicher.
 

Free

event details

Resonance

Resonance Róisín de Buitléar & Karen Donnellan (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Wed 15 October
National Craft Gallery

Resonance brings together two artists whose innovative work explores the sonic qualities of glass.

Free

event details

Conversations With The Cast

Conversations With The Cast

Sat 16 August
The Watergate Theatre

Join us before the show for a Q & A with the cast. FREE BUT TICKETED

Book

Free

event details

Monster Music Improv (Premiere)

Monster Music Improv (Premiere)

Sat 16 August - Sun 17 August
Barnstorm Theatre

The Ark and Improvised Music Company present a brand new music improvisation and visual adventure for children aged 5 and over.
 

Book

event details

National Craft Gallery Workshop:

National Craft Gallery Workshop: Tinkling Chimes with Carrie Lynam

Fri 8 August - Sun 10 August
National Craft Gallery

Make music in Castle Yard by creating a tinkling wind chime installation in this free drop-in workshop.

Free

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Puffin Rock

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Puffin Rock

Sat 9 August
The Parade Tower

Nuria Blanco, Production Manager of Puffin Rock, a brand new animated series for pre-schoolers, takes you through the process of making the cartoon, from first sketches to final animation.
 

Sold Out

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: An Introduction to Animation & Special FX

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: An Introduction to Animation & Special FX

Sat 9 August
Cartoon Saloon

Jeremy Purcell shows you how he put the sea in Song of the Sea in this in-depth Special Effects workshop.

Sold Out

event details

Pentalum

Pentalum Architects of Air (UK)

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
Kilkenny Castle Park

Architects of Air return to Castle Park with another extraordinary ‘luminarium’ filled with magical spaces for all ages to explore.

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Character Design & Animation

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Character Design & Animation

Sun 10 August
Barnstorm Theatre

Learn how to draw cartoon characters and how to storyboard for animated films in this exciting workshop with Fabian Erlinghauser.
 

Sold Out

event details

SOLAS Squared

SOLAS Squared

Mon 11 August - Sun 15 June
Butler Gallery

Inspired by Marilyn Lerner’s exhibition at the Butler Gallery, explore explosive colour, playful pattern and fascinating form at these creative workshops for children aged between 5 and 12.

Book

event details

National Craft Gallery Children’s Workshops

National Craft Gallery Children’s Workshops

Tue 12 August - Thu 14 August
National Craft Gallery

Take inspiration from the Resonance exhibition at the National Craft Gallery with these fun workshops.

Sold Out

event details

The Diplomatic Coffee Club

The Diplomatic Coffee Club Seán Ó hUiginn (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Hole in the Wall

One of Ireland’s most eminent public servants (and a key strategist of the Northern Ireland peace process) discusses Irish foreign policy in Kilkenny's most intimate venue.
 

Sold Out

event details

A Story in Stone: Irish Medieval Stonecarvers & their Patrons

A Story in Stone: Irish Medieval Stonecarvers & their Patrons Eamonn Kelly (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Parade Tower

Eamonn Kelly explores Kilkenny’s rich sculptural heritage, examining some of the finest carved stonework in the region, including artefacts from St Mary’s Hall in Kilkenny.

Sold Out

event details

Festival Wrap Party

Festival Wrap Party

Sun 17 August
Set Theatre

Round off the Festival in style as DJ Sally Cinnamon keeps the vibe going into the wee small hours.
 

Sold Out

event details

Butler Gallery: Marilyn Lerner (USA)

Butler Gallery: Marilyn Lerner (USA) Circle In The Square

Sat 9 August - Sun 5 October
Butler Gallery

The Butler Gallery hosts Ireland’s first exhibition of the work of this extraordinary New York-based abstract painter.

Free

event details

Billy Collins (USA)

Billy Collins (USA)

Sat 16 August
The Parade Tower

The bestselling poet (and former US Poet Laureate) performs works from his acclaimed new collection in the Parade Tower.

Sold Out

event details

Lear Project (World Premiere)

Lear Project (World Premiere) Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Fri 15 August - Sun 17 August
The Watergate Theatre

Valda Setterfield, a legend of the New York modern dance scene, takes the title role in John Scott’s bold reworking of Shakespeare’s play about love, old age, power and enlightenment.

Book

event details

Billy Collins (USA)

Billy Collins (USA)

Sat 16 August
The Parade Tower

The bestselling poet (and former US Poet Laureate) performs works from his acclaimed new collection in the Parade Tower.

Sold Out

event details

Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets
My inspiring festival

Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets The Heath Quartet (UK)

Fri 8 August - Sun 17 August
St. John’s Priory

One of Europe's most exciting young quartets takes up residence in St John’s to perform a full cycle of Beethoven’s extraordinary string quartets in ten captivating lunchtime concerts.

Sold Out

event details

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's Globe (UK)

Fri 8 August - Sun 17 August
Castle Yard at Kilkenny Design

One of the world’s great theatre companies returns to the Castle Yard with this masterpiece of comic timing and dramatic suspense featuring literature’s wittiest bickering couple.

Book

event details

Deep

Deep Raymond Scannell (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
Cleere’s Theatre

Raymond Scannell takes us on a journey through the dry ice and raised arms of SWEAT – Ireland’s first House music club – in this award-winning one-man show exploring 1990s dance culture.

Sold Out

event details

Funky Fidelma (Ireland)

Funky Fidelma (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 10 August

An interactive street show filled with clowning, circus skills and amazing acrobatics.

Free

event details

The Fanzini Brothers: Professor Plunger (Ireland)

The Fanzini Brothers: Professor Plunger (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 10 August

His riotous new show features dancing, plungers, hair and a spectacular (or at least, noisy) finale involving bells.

Free

event details

Kunst und Kirche (Art and Church)

Kunst und Kirche (Art and Church) Dr Guido Schlimbach

Sat 9 August
The Parade Tower

To mark Max Streicher’s installation at St Mary’s Hall, Dr Guido Schlimbach, curator at Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne, explores the challenges of curating contemporary art in sacred spaces.
 

Free

event details

Secret Garden Music

Secret Garden Music

We aren’t revealing exactly which of the Festival’s biggest names will be taking part in this series of pop-up concerts – you’ll have to come along to find out!

Free

event details

Butler Gallery: Marilyn Lerner (USA)

Butler Gallery: Marilyn Lerner (USA) Circle In The Square

Sat 9 August - Sun 5 October
Butler Gallery

The Butler Gallery hosts Ireland’s first exhibition of the work of this extraordinary New York-based abstract painter.

Free

event details

Beethoven Quest: The Complete Piano Concertos

Beethoven Quest: The Complete Piano Concertos Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland (Ireland)

Fri 15 August - Sat 16 August
St Canice’s Cathedral

Barry Douglas and his acclaimed orchestra present a rare cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos over two evenings in the glorious surroundings of St Canice’s Cathedral.

Sold Out

event details

Lear Project (World Premiere)

Lear Project (World Premiere) Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Fri 15 August - Sun 17 August
The Watergate Theatre

Valda Setterfield, a legend of the New York modern dance scene, takes the title role in John Scott’s bold reworking of Shakespeare’s play about love, old age, power and enlightenment.

Book

event details

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA)
My inspiring festival

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) with Sam Amidon, Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes

Fri 15 August
Set Theatre

The legendary guitarist is joined by special guests including Sam Amidon, Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes for a unique encounter between American and Irish musical traditions. 

Sold Out

event details

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Fri 15 August
The Parade Tower

Join us in the Parade Tower for the launch of this year’s Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet, launched by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

Sold Out

event details

The Fanzini Brothers: Ali Acrobat (Ireland)

The Fanzini Brothers: Ali Acrobat (Ireland)

Sat 16 August - Sun 17 August

Ali Acrobat brings his nonstop rollercoaster of infectious fun and jaw-dropping skill to Kilkenny.

event details

Conversations With The Cast

Conversations With The Cast

Sat 16 August
The Watergate Theatre

Join us before the show for a Q & A with the cast. FREE BUT TICKETED

Book

Free

event details

Marble City Sessions: Doug Wieselman (USA)

Marble City Sessions: Doug Wieselman (USA) From Water

The celebrated clarinettist's new album is a wildly innovative tribute to water in all its forms, and this free open-air performance on the banks of the River Nore is not to be missed.

 

Free

event details

Marble City Sessions: Thomas Bartlett & Friends (USA) / This Is How We Fly (International)

Marble City Sessions: Thomas Bartlett & Friends (USA) / This Is How We Fly (International)

Sat 16 August
Set Theatre

Two members of The Gloaming – Thomas Bartlett and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – showcase different musical projects in this exciting double bill ranging from hard-shoe dancing to progressive folk, jazz and traditional. 
 

Book

event details

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) Solo

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) Solo

Sat 16 August
Left Bank

One of the world’s great guitar virtuosos comes to the Left Bank with his inimitable mix of jazz, rock, folk and Americana.

Sold Out

event details

Monster Music Improv (Premiere)

Monster Music Improv (Premiere)

Sat 16 August - Sun 17 August
Barnstorm Theatre

The Ark and Improvised Music Company present a brand new music improvisation and visual adventure for children aged 5 and over.
 

Book

event details

Beethoven Quest: The Man Behind The Music

Beethoven Quest: The Man Behind The Music Gerry Murphy (Ireland)

Sat 16 August
The Parade Tower

Composer and Beethoven devotee Gerry Murphy takes an affectionate look at the life and times of a man who transcended a wealth of personal troubles to create an unrivalled body of work.

Sold Out

event details

The Diplomatic Coffee Club

The Diplomatic Coffee Club Seán Ó hUiginn (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Hole in the Wall

One of Ireland’s most eminent public servants (and a key strategist of the Northern Ireland peace process) discusses Irish foreign policy in Kilkenny's most intimate venue.
 

Sold Out

event details

A Story in Stone: Irish Medieval Stonecarvers & their Patrons

A Story in Stone: Irish Medieval Stonecarvers & their Patrons Eamonn Kelly (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Parade Tower

Eamonn Kelly explores Kilkenny’s rich sculptural heritage, examining some of the finest carved stonework in the region, including artefacts from St Mary’s Hall in Kilkenny.

Sold Out

event details

Gems of the Baroque

Gems of the Baroque Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists & Deirdre Moynihan (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Black Abbey

The IBO Chamber Soloists perform a selection of Baroque cantatas sung by Deirdre Moynihan, the Cork soprano winning widespread acclaim for her performances.

Book

event details

Marble City Sessions: Festival Finale

Marble City Sessions: Festival Finale

The Marble City Sessions reach a climax in this unique gala that brings together a galaxy of stars including Bill Frisell, Billy Collins, Sam Amidon and all five members of The Gloaming.
 

Sold Out

event details

Festival Wrap Party

Festival Wrap Party

Sun 17 August
Set Theatre

Round off the Festival in style as DJ Sally Cinnamon keeps the vibe going into the wee small hours.
 

Sold Out

event details

National Craft Gallery Workshop:

National Craft Gallery Workshop: Tinkling Chimes with Carrie Lynam

Fri 8 August - Sun 10 August
National Craft Gallery

Make music in Castle Yard by creating a tinkling wind chime installation in this free drop-in workshop.

Free

event details

Outside In (Max Streicher)

Outside In (Max Streicher) Canada

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
St. Mary’s Hall

A unique opportunity to explore the stripped-back interior of St Mary’s Hall, filled with shimmering cloud forms created by acclaimed Canadian artist Max Streicher.
 

Free

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Puffin Rock

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Puffin Rock

Sat 9 August
The Parade Tower

Nuria Blanco, Production Manager of Puffin Rock, a brand new animated series for pre-schoolers, takes you through the process of making the cartoon, from first sketches to final animation.
 

Sold Out

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: An Introduction to Animation & Special FX

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: An Introduction to Animation & Special FX

Sat 9 August
Cartoon Saloon

Jeremy Purcell shows you how he put the sea in Song of the Sea in this in-depth Special Effects workshop.

Sold Out

event details

Resonance

Resonance Róisín de Buitléar & Karen Donnellan (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Wed 15 October
National Craft Gallery

Resonance brings together two artists whose innovative work explores the sonic qualities of glass.

Free

event details

Pentalum

Pentalum Architects of Air (UK)

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
Kilkenny Castle Park

Architects of Air return to Castle Park with another extraordinary ‘luminarium’ filled with magical spaces for all ages to explore.

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Character Design & Animation

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Character Design & Animation

Sun 10 August
Barnstorm Theatre

Learn how to draw cartoon characters and how to storyboard for animated films in this exciting workshop with Fabian Erlinghauser.
 

Sold Out

event details

SOLAS Squared

SOLAS Squared

Mon 11 August - Sun 15 June
Butler Gallery

Inspired by Marilyn Lerner’s exhibition at the Butler Gallery, explore explosive colour, playful pattern and fascinating form at these creative workshops for children aged between 5 and 12.

Book

event details

National Craft Gallery Children’s Workshops

National Craft Gallery Children’s Workshops

Tue 12 August - Thu 14 August
National Craft Gallery

Take inspiration from the Resonance exhibition at the National Craft Gallery with these fun workshops.

Sold Out

event details

Billy Collins (USA)

Billy Collins (USA)

Sat 16 August
The Parade Tower

The bestselling poet (and former US Poet Laureate) performs works from his acclaimed new collection in the Parade Tower.

Sold Out

event details

A Story in Stone: Irish Medieval Stonecarvers & their Patrons

A Story in Stone: Irish Medieval Stonecarvers & their Patrons Eamonn Kelly (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Parade Tower

Eamonn Kelly explores Kilkenny’s rich sculptural heritage, examining some of the finest carved stonework in the region, including artefacts from St Mary’s Hall in Kilkenny.

Sold Out

event details

Beethoven Quest: The Complete Piano Concertos

Beethoven Quest: The Complete Piano Concertos Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland (Ireland)

Fri 15 August - Sat 16 August
St Canice’s Cathedral

Barry Douglas and his acclaimed orchestra present a rare cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos over two evenings in the glorious surroundings of St Canice’s Cathedral.

Sold Out

event details

Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets
My inspiring festival

Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets The Heath Quartet (UK)

Fri 8 August - Sun 17 August
St. John’s Priory

One of Europe's most exciting young quartets takes up residence in St John’s to perform a full cycle of Beethoven’s extraordinary string quartets in ten captivating lunchtime concerts.

Sold Out

event details

Beethoven Quest: The Man Behind The Music

Beethoven Quest: The Man Behind The Music Gerry Murphy (Ireland)

Sat 16 August
The Parade Tower

Composer and Beethoven devotee Gerry Murphy takes an affectionate look at the life and times of a man who transcended a wealth of personal troubles to create an unrivalled body of work.

Sold Out

event details

Butler Gallery: Marilyn Lerner (USA)

Butler Gallery: Marilyn Lerner (USA) Circle In The Square

Sat 9 August - Sun 5 October
Butler Gallery

The Butler Gallery hosts Ireland’s first exhibition of the work of this extraordinary New York-based abstract painter.

Free

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: An Introduction to Animation & Special FX

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: An Introduction to Animation & Special FX

Sat 9 August
Cartoon Saloon

Jeremy Purcell shows you how he put the sea in Song of the Sea in this in-depth Special Effects workshop.

Sold Out

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Character Design & Animation

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Character Design & Animation

Sun 10 August
Barnstorm Theatre

Learn how to draw cartoon characters and how to storyboard for animated films in this exciting workshop with Fabian Erlinghauser.
 

Sold Out

event details

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Puffin Rock

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Puffin Rock

Sat 9 August
The Parade Tower

Nuria Blanco, Production Manager of Puffin Rock, a brand new animated series for pre-schoolers, takes you through the process of making the cartoon, from first sketches to final animation.
 

Sold Out

event details

Conversations With The Cast

Conversations With The Cast

Sat 16 August
The Watergate Theatre

Join us before the show for a Q & A with the cast. FREE BUT TICKETED

Book

Free

event details

Deep

Deep Raymond Scannell (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
Cleere’s Theatre

Raymond Scannell takes us on a journey through the dry ice and raised arms of SWEAT – Ireland’s first House music club – in this award-winning one-man show exploring 1990s dance culture.

Sold Out

event details

Festival Wrap Party

Festival Wrap Party

Sun 17 August
Set Theatre

Round off the Festival in style as DJ Sally Cinnamon keeps the vibe going into the wee small hours.
 

Sold Out

event details

Funky Fidelma (Ireland)

Funky Fidelma (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 10 August

An interactive street show filled with clowning, circus skills and amazing acrobatics.

Free

event details

Gems of the Baroque

Gems of the Baroque Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists & Deirdre Moynihan (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Black Abbey

The IBO Chamber Soloists perform a selection of Baroque cantatas sung by Deirdre Moynihan, the Cork soprano winning widespread acclaim for her performances.

Book

event details

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Fri 15 August
The Parade Tower

Join us in the Parade Tower for the launch of this year’s Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet, launched by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

Sold Out

event details

Kunst und Kirche (Art and Church)

Kunst und Kirche (Art and Church) Dr Guido Schlimbach

Sat 9 August
The Parade Tower

To mark Max Streicher’s installation at St Mary’s Hall, Dr Guido Schlimbach, curator at Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne, explores the challenges of curating contemporary art in sacred spaces.
 

Free

event details

Lear Project (World Premiere)

Lear Project (World Premiere) Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Fri 15 August - Sun 17 August
The Watergate Theatre

Valda Setterfield, a legend of the New York modern dance scene, takes the title role in John Scott’s bold reworking of Shakespeare’s play about love, old age, power and enlightenment.

Book

event details

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA)
My inspiring festival

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) with Sam Amidon, Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes

Fri 15 August
Set Theatre

The legendary guitarist is joined by special guests including Sam Amidon, Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes for a unique encounter between American and Irish musical traditions. 

Sold Out

event details

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) Solo

Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) Solo

Sat 16 August
Left Bank

One of the world’s great guitar virtuosos comes to the Left Bank with his inimitable mix of jazz, rock, folk and Americana.

Sold Out

event details

Marble City Sessions: Doug Wieselman (USA)

Marble City Sessions: Doug Wieselman (USA) From Water

The celebrated clarinettist's new album is a wildly innovative tribute to water in all its forms, and this free open-air performance on the banks of the River Nore is not to be missed.

 

Free

event details

Marble City Sessions: Festival Finale

Marble City Sessions: Festival Finale

The Marble City Sessions reach a climax in this unique gala that brings together a galaxy of stars including Bill Frisell, Billy Collins, Sam Amidon and all five members of The Gloaming.
 

Sold Out

event details

Marble City Sessions: Thomas Bartlett & Friends (USA) / This Is How We Fly (International)

Marble City Sessions: Thomas Bartlett & Friends (USA) / This Is How We Fly (International)

Sat 16 August
Set Theatre

Two members of The Gloaming – Thomas Bartlett and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – showcase different musical projects in this exciting double bill ranging from hard-shoe dancing to progressive folk, jazz and traditional. 
 

Book

event details

Monster Music Improv (Premiere)

Monster Music Improv (Premiere)

Sat 16 August - Sun 17 August
Barnstorm Theatre

The Ark and Improvised Music Company present a brand new music improvisation and visual adventure for children aged 5 and over.
 

Book

event details

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's Globe (UK)

Fri 8 August - Sun 17 August
Castle Yard at Kilkenny Design

One of the world’s great theatre companies returns to the Castle Yard with this masterpiece of comic timing and dramatic suspense featuring literature’s wittiest bickering couple.

Book

event details

National Craft Gallery Children’s Workshops

National Craft Gallery Children’s Workshops

Tue 12 August - Thu 14 August
National Craft Gallery

Take inspiration from the Resonance exhibition at the National Craft Gallery with these fun workshops.

Sold Out

event details

National Craft Gallery Workshop:

National Craft Gallery Workshop: Tinkling Chimes with Carrie Lynam

Fri 8 August - Sun 10 August
National Craft Gallery

Make music in Castle Yard by creating a tinkling wind chime installation in this free drop-in workshop.

Free

event details

Outside In (Max Streicher)

Outside In (Max Streicher) Canada

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
St. Mary’s Hall

A unique opportunity to explore the stripped-back interior of St Mary’s Hall, filled with shimmering cloud forms created by acclaimed Canadian artist Max Streicher.
 

Free

event details

Pentalum

Pentalum Architects of Air (UK)

Sat 9 August - Sun 17 August
Kilkenny Castle Park

Architects of Air return to Castle Park with another extraordinary ‘luminarium’ filled with magical spaces for all ages to explore.

event details

Resonance

Resonance Róisín de Buitléar & Karen Donnellan (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Wed 15 October
National Craft Gallery

Resonance brings together two artists whose innovative work explores the sonic qualities of glass.

Free

event details

Secret Garden Music

Secret Garden Music

We aren’t revealing exactly which of the Festival’s biggest names will be taking part in this series of pop-up concerts – you’ll have to come along to find out!

Free

event details

SOLAS Squared

SOLAS Squared

Mon 11 August - Sun 15 June
Butler Gallery

Inspired by Marilyn Lerner’s exhibition at the Butler Gallery, explore explosive colour, playful pattern and fascinating form at these creative workshops for children aged between 5 and 12.

Book

event details

The Diplomatic Coffee Club

The Diplomatic Coffee Club Seán Ó hUiginn (Ireland)

Sun 17 August
The Hole in the Wall

One of Ireland’s most eminent public servants (and a key strategist of the Northern Ireland peace process) discusses Irish foreign policy in Kilkenny's most intimate venue.
 

Sold Out

event details

The Fanzini Brothers: Ali Acrobat (Ireland)

The Fanzini Brothers: Ali Acrobat (Ireland)

Sat 16 August - Sun 17 August

Ali Acrobat brings his nonstop rollercoaster of infectious fun and jaw-dropping skill to Kilkenny.

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The Fanzini Brothers: Professor Plunger (Ireland)

The Fanzini Brothers: Professor Plunger (Ireland)

Sat 9 August - Sun 10 August

His riotous new show features dancing, plungers, hair and a spectacular (or at least, noisy) finale involving bells.

Free

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