Counting Sheep

A hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festivals, this breathtaking show takes the audience into the heart of the Ukrainian Revolution on Kiev's Maidan Square 

Created by Mark & Marichka Marczyk & the Lemon Bucket Orkestra



Architects of Air return to the Castle Park with another breathtaking luminarium


Albesila UK

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

Edges of Light

Fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist, uilleann piper David Power and dancer Colin Dunne join forces for an exhilarating fusion of melody and rhythm celebrating the sights and sounds of an Irish day

Marble City Sessions

Edges of Light

Churchill’s Irish Generals

Major-General Andrew Ritchie joins Niall Burgess to explore the influence of Irish and Anglo-Irish military commanders on the outcome of the Second World War

Churchill’s Irish Generals


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



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



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



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

Created by Colin Dunne with Mel Mercier & Sinéad Rushe


The Queen of Colours

This magical award-winning show mixes puppetry and live illustration in a dazzling tale of a bossy little queen that literally leaps from the page!

Compagnie Les Voisins

The Queen of Colours Germany

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

My Musical Life

The celebrated pianist and writer reflects on his artistic development, and considers his place in a changing musical landscape

Alfred Brendel

My Musical Life Austria

Mick O’Dea

Enjoy the fruits of Mick O'Dea's three-year Festival residency, on display throughout the Festival

Festival Portrait Exhibition

Mick O’Dea

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

Iestyn Davies & Thomas Dunford

The celebrated countertenor joins forces with lutenist Thomas Dunford for this atmospheric late-night performance of the songs of John Dowland in St John's Priory

Behold a Wonder Here: Dowland Songs & Airs

Iestyn Davies & Thomas Dunford UK/France

Eva Hoffman

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


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

Saint Sister

Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty bring their enchanting ‘atmosfolk’ to the Set for their Kilkenny debut

Saint Sister

Yiyun Li

One of the most original fiction writers of our time talks to Cormac Kinsella about her acclaimed new memoir 

Yiyun Li China/USA