17th 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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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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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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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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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