16th August

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.

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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.

Free

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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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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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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

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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.

 

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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. 
 

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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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