Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis

One of Ireland’s iconic actors returns to the Watergate for this new version of Wilde’s most personal work, with a live score composed by Neil Martin and performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra

Stephen Rea in

Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis PREMIERE

Inside Voices

Step into one of Kilkenny's oldest and most intimate spaces for a unique one-to-one performance from viola da gamba player Liam Byrne.

Liam Byrne

Inside Voices

Festival Portrait 2017

Mick O’Dea takes up residence in the Home Rule Club to capture the sights and sounds of this year’s Festival. Don’t miss this last opportunity to watch a master at work!

Mick O'Dea

Festival Portrait 2017

Hi! Fashion

An exhibition that brings together stunningly crafted garments and accessories from Japan and Ireland to explore the connections between designers from the two islands

Curated by Gemma A Williams

Hi! Fashion

Eva Hoffman

The acclaimed writer and thinker comes to Kilkenny for a timely exploration of the troubling legacy of 20th-century European history

THE HUBERT BUTLER ANNUAL LECTURE

Eva Hoffman UK

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Canada’s self-styled ‘Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk superband’ brings its anarchic spirit, boundless energy and high-octane style to the Set for an evening of frenzied Balkan revelry

Lemon Bucket Orkestra Canada

CrashLands

Crash Ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary with this free concert in the magical setting of Kilfane Glen, featuring the world premiere of a new piece by Jennifer Walshe

CrashLands

Unearthed

Explore a recently discovered collection of artefacts in this new exhibition reflecting 800 years of history in Ireland’s medieval capital

Unearthed

Antarctica

Electronic composer Linda Buckley and uilleann piper David Power present a groundbreaking multimedia collaboration that draws inspiration from the early Antarctic expeditions

Linda Buckley, David Power & John Comiskey

Antarctica WORLD PREMIERE

Concert

Colin Dunne dances the 'undanceable' in this acclaimed multidisciplinary response to Tommie Potts' classic album

Created by Colin Dunne with Mel Mercier & Sinéad Rushe

Concert

Paula Meehan

Paula Meehan is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of writers and artists, and last year completed her term as Ireland Professor of Poetry. 

POET IN RESIDENCE

Paula Meehan

Yurt at the Yard

Partnering with Creative Ireland, we invite you to our Yurt at the Yard to discover the storyteller within you!

A Creative Space For Children

Yurt at the Yard