11th August

Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hugo Hamilton, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan (Ireland)

Hugo Hamilton, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan (Ireland)

Mon 11 August
The Watergate Theatre

Three acclaimed Irish novelists gather in the Watergate to present some of the most talked-about novels published this year.

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Beethoven Quest: The Irish Songbook

Beethoven Quest: The Irish Songbook Alison Browner, Eamonn Mulhall, Aoife O'Sullivan, David Howes & The Fidelio Trio (Ireland)

Mon 11 August
The Long Gallery

A unique opportunity to hear Beethoven’s settings of traditional Irish airs in the stunning surroundings of the Castle's Long Gallery, featuring an exceptional line-up of singers together with the Fidelio Trio (with guest cellist Emma-Jane Murphy).

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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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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