Musici Ireland - Brahms

A  stellar line-up of international and Irish artists to perform works by a thrillingly wide range of composers including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Buckley, Britten, Elgar, Brahms and Pärt.

Classical Music

Afternoon Concert Series

Harriet MacKenzie , Jane Hackett (violin), Beth McNinch, Andreea Banciu (viola), Bill Butt, Grainne Hope (cello)

Musici Ireland - Brahms

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

The Big Chapel X

Adapted by John Morton, Medb Lambert and Donal Gallagher

Asylum Productions & Kilkenny Arts Festival with the support of the Abbey Theatre

The Big Chapel X 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


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


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

Balaklava Blues

This year we’re delighted to welcome back the exuberant duo with a brand new show, Balaklava Blues

Mark and Marichka Marczyk

Balaklava Blues Ukraine


Famished combines Smyth’s lyrical poems with Bennett’s cinematic score and haunting vocal interventions from Kinsella.

Spoken Word

Cherry Smyth, Ed Bennett, Lauren Kinsella

Famished Ireland

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 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


Behind the Canvas

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 Canvas

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 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

Little Gift

Join us for a beautiful and optimistic story about a friendship waiting to grow. 

M6 Theatre Company

Little Gift UK


Cool down on a hot August night with this horror classic featuring a bone-tingling live score

with live score


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

Local Films for Local People

IFI LOCAL FILMS FOR LOCAL PEOPLE brings county-specific programmes of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive out of the vaults and back to the communities from whence they came.

Kilkenny Kaleidoscope

Local Films for Local People Ireland

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

Visible // Invisible

Led by visual artist Caroline Schofield, participants will observe the beautiful gardens, surroundings and the gallery itself.

Caroline Schofield

Visible // Invisible