15th 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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA)
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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. 

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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.

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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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