Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has brought many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists to the heart of Ireland’s medieval city each August.  

Over ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for magical performances and up-close artistic encounters.

Our 43rd Festival, running from 5-14 August 2016, will present Ireland’s largest ever celebration of Mozart (following the sold-out success of our Bach series in 2015), featuring a constellation of leading international and Irish performers.   Among other highlights, we're delighted to announce the return of the Marble City Sessions - these unique collaborations, co-curated and hosted by the inspirational Martin Hayes, will bring together a fresh line-up of guest artists from around the world to to share musical traditions which cross continents and centuries.  

We'll be announcing more details of next year’s programme of concerts, performances, talks, readings, exhibitions and events in the coming months - sign up for our e-newsletter to make sure you are the first to hear...

I hope you'll be able to join us in the Marble City next August for some unforgettable artistic adventures!

Eugene Downes

Festival Director