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Kilkenny Arts Festival


  • Festival Director

    Olga Barry

  • Festival Administrator

    Valerie Ryan

  • Marketing Manager

    Pat Carey

  • Box Office Manager

    Celine Reilly

  • Production Manager

    Aidan Wallace

  • Programming Policy

    The Kilkenny Arts Festival was originally founded by a group of classical music enthusiasts. In recent years the festival has broadened its programming remit and now programmes the following art forms; Theatre & Dance, Classical Music, Music, Street, Literature, Visual Art and Craft. Underpinning the presentation of events is the commitment to bring work to Kilkenny that would not be seen outside the festival context, and a desire to commission and produce new work from Ireland and abroad. The Kilkenny Arts Festival is committed to the presentation of a unique, distinctive and inspiring programme in a range of artistic disciplines to as wide an audience as possible. Every year, for 10 days in August, Kilkenny comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment for all. The city’s oldest and largest non-profit festival now draws more than 40,000 visitors annually who come and partake in all that Kilkenny has to offer. Kilkenny Arts Festival celebrated its 40th festival in 2013. So come to Kilkenny, be part of the festival and experience a world of artistic magic in Irelands medieval city


    Play Title Playwright
    Cleft Fergal McElherron
    Dr. Ledbetter's Experiment Tom Swift
    The Yokohama Delegation Tom Swift


    Play Title Playwright
    Judas Maciek Reszczynski Brendan Kennelly
    Adapted from The Book of Judas by Brendan Kennelly.
    Solar Bones Michael West Mike McCormack
    The Book of Evidence Alan Gilsenan John Banville
    Adapted from the original novel by John Banville.