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.

A centrepiece of our 43rd Festival, running from 5-14 August 2016, is Mozart: Prince of Music - Ireland's largest-ever celebration of this matchless composer.  Our Mozart series, and several other concert highlights featuring some of the world's leading performers, are now on sale.  As our Bach series last year sold out, do book early to avoid disappointment!

In 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 the Sessions and the rest of this year’s exciting line-up of performance, theatre, poetry, literature, art, ideas, talks and family events in the coming months - why not 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 this August for some unforgettable artistic adventures!

Eugene Downes

Festival Director