Our 2017 Festival Programme will be announced in Spring/Summer 2017

Sir András Schiff

Following a transcendent recital at the 2015 Festival, the legendary pianist continues his exploration of late works by four musical titans

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven & Schubert: Last Sonatas II

Sir András Schiff

Alina Ibragimova

The renowned Russian artist scales the Everest of violin music over two candlelit nights at the Black Abbey

Bach: The Violin Sonatas & Partitas

Alina Ibragimova Russia

Russia and the Rising

Barbara Dawson, Philip McDonagh and Fintan O’Toole explore the surprising connections between the Easter Rising and revolutionary Russia

Russia and the Rising

Once Upon a Time

Help the Guardians of Tall Tales and Small Stories find the last missing story in the world in this unique interactive performance for children aged five and over

Young at Art

Once Upon a Time

Shh! We Have a Plan

The award-winning Cahoots NI presents a brand-new theatre production based on Chris Haughton's delightful children's story 

Cahoots NI

Shh! We Have a Plan

Justin Kauflin

One of the most exciting jazz musicians of his generation brings a mix of standards and his own compositions to the Set

Irish debut

Justin Kauflin USA

Loudon Wainwright III

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter brings his intimate one-man show to the Watergate for its European debut

Surviving Twin (European Premiere)

Loudon Wainwright III USA

Paul Muldoon

One of the greatest living poets in English reads from his work in the Parade Tower

Poet in Residence

Paul Muldoon

Favourite Poem Project

Robert Pinsky's hugely popular project returns with a fresh crop of Festival artists and local students reading the work that lies closest to their heart

Paul Muldoon

Favourite Poem Project

Villagers

Conor O'Brien's award-winning band strips down to a three-piece for this intimate, confessional show in the Set

Villagers

Katena

The luminarium specialists return to the Castle Park with a brand-new inflatable wonder filled with magic spaces and spectacular domes

Architects of Air (UK)

Katena

Michael Snow

The Butler Gallery presents an important solo exhibition by the internationally renowned visual artist, filmmaker and musician

Butler Gallery

Michael Snow Canada

Behind the Dark

Don't miss this spectacular fusion of acrobatics and dance, staged at night in the eerie surroundings of Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Loosysmokes

Behind the Dark

Secret Garden Music

Enjoy free performances from leading international musicians in some of Kilkenny's loveliest spaces every afternoon thoughout the Festival

Secret Garden Music

Diplomatic Coffee Club

Join Festival Director Eugene Downes and a mystery high-powered guest in Rothe House for an intimate mix of coffee and conversation

Diplomatic Coffee Club

Gondla

Join us in the Parade Tower to celebrate Philip McDonagh’s new translation of Nikolai Gumilov's play, launched by Mary McAleese 

Launched by Mary McAleese

Gondla

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Join us in the Parade Tower to celebrate Kilkenny Arts Office’s Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet, launched by Paul Muldoon

Launched by Paul Muldoon

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Morbid & Sons

Watch out as this hilariously macabre slice of street theatre makes its way through the streets of Kilkenny

MooCow Productions Curious State

Morbid & Sons

Geometric Shapes with Mary Conroy

Create your own 3D designs with ceramic designer Mary Conroy. Bookings taken in Kilkenny Arts Festival booking office on 056 7752175 from July 7th.

National Craft Gallery Children's Workshop

Geometric Shapes with Mary Conroy

Vivid Vases with Kate Murtagh Sheridan

Create your own vivid imprint pattern vases in this playful clay and plaster-casting workshop with ceramic artist Kate Murtagh Sheridan. Bookings taken in Kilkenny Arts Festival booking office on 056 7752175 from July 7th.

National Craft Gallery Children's Workshop

Vivid Vases with Kate Murtagh Sheridan

Clay Creatures with Brid Lyons

Design and make your own imaginary clay creature with help from ceramic artist Brid Lyons. To book contact Kilkenny Arts Festival booking office on 056 7752175 from July 7th

National Craft Gallery Children's Workshop

Clay Creatures with Brid Lyons