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Festival: Kilkenny Arts Festival

Kilkenny Arts Festival © Ross Costigan
© Ross Costigan

August 6th – 16th, 2020

Kilkenny Arts Festival is one of the leading festivals in Ireland, celebrated for its effortless blend of tradition and innovation, and for its electrifying range of events, staged in some of the country’s loveliest venues.

Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city. For ten days each August, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.

Kilkenny is spoiled with some of Ireland’s most magnificent historic spaces, such as St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey– sites of countless breathtaking concerts – and the Castle Yard, home to dazzling theatrical productions by the likes of Rough Magic, Shakespeare’s Globe and Druid Theatre. From St John’s Priory to the Set Theatre, few festivals can boast such a wealth of venues, and the Festival is constantly devising unique events for the city’s hidden gems.

From outdoor theatre to contemporary dance, the Festival is dedicated to staging events of the highest calibre, thrilling audiences of all kinds. Classical music has been at the core of the Festival from the very beginning and the Classical Music Programme for 2019 includes Alexander Gavryluk, Irish Chamber Orchestra with Thomas Zehetmair, Orfeo 55 with Nathalie Stutzmann, Musici Ireland, Quatuor Mosaïques, Chamber Choir Ireland, Patrick Rafter, Fionnuala Moynihan and Ciarán Hinds with The Fews Ensemble.

For full information, visit the Kilkenny Arts Festival Website.

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