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Festival: Kilkenny Arts Festival

Kilkenny Arts Festival © Ross Costigan
Kilkenny Arts Festival
© Ross Costigan


Artistic adventures in Ireland's medieval city

Since 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has established itself as one of Europe’s finest artistic celebrations, bringing world-class performances to Ireland’s medieval city every August. This year, from 11 to 20 August, leading artists from home and abroad will gather in Kilkenny for ten days of extraordinary artistic adventures.

Highlights for the 2017 Kilkenny Arts Festival include a major focus on the late masterpieces of Schubert, performed by leading international and Irish artists including a series of five concerts focusing on Schubert’s greatest songs and song cycles, featuring Benjamin Appl, Ailish Tynan, Roderick Williams, James Baillieu and Iain Burnside; Schubert/Widmann: a two-concert series featuring the Irish Chamber Orchestra (the Festival’s orchestra in residence) and Jörg Widmann as composer, conductor and performer, juxtaposing Schubert masterpieces (including the ‘Great’ Symphony no. 9) with major Widmann works; The late String Quartets & String Quintet – performed by Quatuor Mosaïques, the world’s leading period instrument quartet; Schubert’s last three piano sonatas, performed by the great British pianist Christian Blackshaw, preceded by a lecture on those works by the legendary Alfred Brendel; The late Piano Trios and Piano Quintet (the ‘Trout’) – performed by the Fidelio Trio & guests over two concerts; The Irish Chamber Orchestra, directed by its leader Katherine Hunka, performing Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet (arranged for string orchestra by Mahler)

Also on sale is a unique series of choral and orchestral concerts telling the story of Handel’s time in Ireland, a gala concert performance of Handel’s greatest operatic masterpiece, Julius Caesar in Egypt, and the world premiere of a new version of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis performed by acclaimed actor Stephen Rea, with live soundscape composed by Neil Martin and performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Counting Sheep, the breathtaking show that takes the audience into the heart of the Ukrainian Revolution on Kiev's Maidan Square.

The full programme for Kilkenny Arts Festival will be announced in June.


For full information, visit the Kilkenny Arts Festival Website.

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