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Solar Bones

A stunning new adaptation of Mike McCormack’s multi-award-winning novel about a man haunted by the feeling that nothing is quite right.

By Mike McCormack in an adaptation by Michael West

Solar Bones

Clouds & Boulders: Mapping Terrain

Artist Luke Murphy maps the material for a large-scale work cancelled due to COVID-19, offering audiences a window into the process of conceiving, developing and dismantling a project. 

Luke Murphy

Clouds & Boulders: Mapping Terrain

Eight Seasons

The strings of the Irish Chamber Orchestra make their long-awaited return to the stage to perform two magical masterworks celebrating the seasons

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Eight Seasons

The Bloods

Leading photographer Amelia Stein presents this exhibition of stunning black and white images representing the men and women based in James Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny.

Amelia Stein

The Bloods

Connected

This new sculpture trail opens up heritage gardens at the heart of Kilkenny City and encourages us to rediscover our city through fresh eyes. 

Design & Crafts Council

Design & Crafts Council Ireland

Connected

Covid-19 April Diary

This deeply moving exhibition of new paintings by leading artist Helen Comerford was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Helen Comerford

Covid-19 April Diary

Secret Music Series

The ever-popular series goes online with short films of leading musicians performing pop-up concerts in some of the city’s loveliest spaces. 

Secret Music Series

The Return of Ulysses

The Festival is delighted to present one of our most acclaimed shows of recent years, free to stream for a limited period.  

Opera Collective Ireland & Kilkenny Arts Festival

The Return of Ulysses

Village People

Follow leading artist Blaise Smith live online as he embarks on an ambitious new project to paint the portraits of the people of his home village: Dungarvan in Co. Kilkenny.

Blaise Smith

Village People

Grey Area

This mesmerising new film follows a skateboarder’s journey through the city, accompanied by Sam Perkins' hypnotic score performed by Crash Ensemble.

Crash Ensemble

Grey Area

Encounters

Rediscover the power of live music as musicians from two of Ireland’s most celebrated ensembles offering bespoke concerts for small groups in locations around the city.

Members of Irish Chamber Orchestra & Crash Ensemble

Encounters

Generation

Generation is an intriguing exhibition of objects and textiles created by eight Irish-based designer-makers using inherited traditions of creativity and innovation.

Design & Crafts Council

Design & Crafts Council Ireland

Generation