Cleft

Cleft is a visceral story of one family’s unrelenting will to survive.

Rough Magic

Rough Magic and glór in association with Galway International Arts Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival

Cleft Ireland

Chamber Choir Ireland

After its sold-out, late-night concerts exploring choral works through the ages, Chamber Choir Ireland returns to the Festival with a radical new approach.

Grete Pedersen (Conductor)

Chamber Choir Ireland

fLux

The first of two light shows at this year’s Festival is a multi-sensory spectacular taking place inside St Canice’s Cathedral.

Eat My Noise

fLux Ireland

Carlou D

Senegal’s Carlou D's powerful voice and deft guitar playing are wonders to behold, and, backed by a full band featuring acoustic guitars...

Carlou D Senegal

Crash Ensemble

The mighty Crash Ensemble returns to Kilkenny for a series of free pop-up concerts in the atmospheric courtyard of Rothe House.

Song of the Books

Crash Ensemble Ireland

Quiet Music Ensemble

The Quiet Music Ensemble is renowned for its innovative performances of experimental music, mixing improvisation with live electronics and recorded sounds

Deep Listening Sunday

Quiet Music Ensemble Ireland

Rat King

Rat King is a spoken-word black comedy exploring the lives of David and Chrissy, a pigeon-hearted duo clambering to make sense of their world.

Spoken Word

A rehearsed reading

Rat King

Double Vision

This exhibition brings together two radically different Kilkenny-based artists for a double ‘portrait’ of the county

Eamon Colman & Blaise Smith

Double Vision

Crowded Thresholds

Crowded Thresholds, curated by Fiona Mulholland, explores effects of the subconscious in the creation and response to objects of material culture

Curated by Fiona Mullholland

Crowded Thresholds

Arborist

Arborist bring their entrancing brand of Americana to Cleere’s for an evening of low-fi acoustic songs filled with laidback melodies and washed with gorgeous strings.

Rollercoaster Sessions

Support by Patrick M Barrett

Arborist

Behind the Surface

In this fascinating talk Amy Cutler, Eamon Coleman and Blaise Smith share thoughts on their own artistic process in the company of Butler Gallery Director Anna O’Sullivan.

Spoken Word

Amy Cutler, Eamon Colman & Blaise Smith

Behind the Surface

We Are The Poets

John Cummins has been writing for over 20 years and has been performing since early 2010 and is currently poet in residence at Bohemians Football Club. 

Spoken Word

Rhyme Rag in Collaboration with Laureate Na nOg

We Are The Poets

I am a Little Boat

Join traditional musicians Fiona Kelleher and Jim Murray for this enchanting concert for young children and their parents

Fiona Kelleher and Jim Murray

I am a Little Boat

Fly

FLY is a puppet theatre show for 5-to-10-year-olds and adults – a poetic journey into a circus world of strange characters, big emotions and captivating puppet imagery. 

Teater Patrasket

Fly Denmark

Poetry Workshop

Don Paterson leads this workshop for poets. Participation is by application. Email info@poetryireland.iefor further details. Please note: places are strictly limited.

Spoken Word

with Don Paterson

Poetry Workshop UK

Amy Cutler: Colloquies

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present the first exhibition in Ireland by the New York-based artist Amy Cutler. 

Butler Gallery in association with Kilkenny Arts Festival

Amy Cutler: Colloquies