Billy Collins (USA)
The Parade Tower
The bestselling poet (and former US Poet Laureate) performs works from his acclaimed new collection in the Parade Tower.
Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets The Heath Quartet (UK)
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.
Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's Globe (UK)
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.
Deep Raymond Scannell (Ireland)
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.
Butler Gallery: Marilyn Lerner (USA) Circle In The Square
The Butler Gallery hosts Ireland’s first exhibition of the work of this extraordinary New York-based abstract painter.
Beethoven Quest: The Complete Piano Concertos Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland (Ireland)
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.
Lear Project (World Premiere) Irish Modern Dance Theatre
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.
The Fanzini Brothers: Ali Acrobat (Ireland)
Ali Acrobat brings his nonstop rollercoaster of infectious fun and jaw-dropping skill to Kilkenny.
Marble City Sessions: Doug Wieselman (USA) From Water
Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel
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.
Marble City Sessions: Thomas Bartlett & Friends (USA) / This Is How We Fly (International)
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.
Marble City Sessions: Bill Frisell (USA) Solo
One of the world’s great guitar virtuosos comes to the Left Bank with his inimitable mix of jazz, rock, folk and Americana.
Monster Music Improv (Premiere)
The Ark and Improvised Music Company present a brand new music improvisation and visual adventure for children aged 5 and over.
Beethoven Quest: The Man Behind The Music Gerry Murphy (Ireland)
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.
Outside In Max Streicher (Canada)
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.
Resonance Róisín de Buitléar & Karen Donnellan (Ireland)
National Craft Gallery
Resonance brings together two artists whose innovative work explores the sonic qualities of glass.