Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017 – 11- 20 August 2017

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017 – Starts this Friday, 11 August

“Ten days of extraordinary artistic adventures from 11- 20 August 2017”

Our personal favourites the Architects of Air return with their weird and wonderful space out chambers in the Castle Yard. Other highlights include Stephen Rea in Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, Antartica by Linda Buckley, David Power & John Comiskey and others.

You can see the list of other Highlights below…

  • The only Irish dates of Counting Sheep, an explosive mix of theatre, music, dance and song and one of the most acclaimed hits of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival, created by Marichka & Mark Marczyk and the Lemon Bucket Orkestra
  • The world premiere of Raven Eyed, a stunning new circus theatre show by Loosysmokes (Elaine McCague & Jonah McGreevy), staged in the Brewhouse of the former Smithwicks Brewery in the heart of the old city
  • Schubert: Dreaming the Sublime, a once-in-a-lifetime voyage of musical discovery through the late masterpieces of Schubert, featuring the legendary Alfred Brendel, Quatuor Mosaïques and Ailish Tynan among many others, as well as the Irish Chamber Orchestra & renowned composer, performer and conductor Jörg Widmann embarking on the second year of their Festival residency
  • Colin Dunne as dance artist in residence, Paula Meehan as poet in residence and Mick O’Dea as visual artist in residence
  • The world premiere of a new version of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis performed by acclaimed actor Stephen Rea, with live score by Neil Martin performed by the ICO
  • The return of the Marble City Sessions, featuring global musical dialogues and unique collaborations with musicians from three continents, hosted as ever by the peerless Martin Hayes featuring the highly anticipated Irish debut of Eliza Carthy’s 12-piece Wayward Band as well as Hanggai from Mongolia and Väsen from Sweden
  • A unique series of choral and orchestral concerts telling the surprising story of Handel’s time in Ireland
  • A gala concert performance by the UK’s Early Opera Company of Handel’s operatic masterpiece, Julius Caesar in Egypt, starring Iestyn Davies, Anna Devin & Rachel Kelly
  • The Way Things Go: An Homage at the Butler Gallery, featuring newly commissioned work by nine leading visual artists in response to the iconic film by Fischli and Weiss
  • At the National Craft Gallery, an exhibition of stunningly crafted garments and accessories from Japan and Ireland
    A series of talks throughout the Festival on Ireland & Europe: Creative Visions, featuring artists and public figures from Western, Central and Eastern Europe
  • The acclaimed Polish-born writer Eva Hoffman delivering the Hubert Butler Lecture, and the only Irish appearance this summer by extraordinary writer Yiyun Li
  • Inside Voices, a series of one-on-one musical encounters with extraordinary artist Liam Byrne in the medieval Talbot’s Tower
  • The world premiere of Antarctica, a multimedia work drawing inspiration from early expeditions to the South Pole and created by Linda Buckley, David Power & John Comiskey
  • Crash Ensemble, with their artistic director Kate Ellis, performing newly commissioned works by Jennifer Walshe and Nico Muhly at dusk in Kilfane Glen as part of their CrashLands project, and also collaborating with with progressive Americcan folk hero Sam Amidon and friends in a unique night in St Canice’s Cathedral
  • StormFest, a season of plays for children and their families at The Barn Theatre
  • Yurt in the Yard, a creative space for children in the iconic Castle Yard, featuring international and Irish storytelling and craft workshops
  • Surprises await in the Secret Garden Music free pop-up performances twice a day during the Festival – drop by to find out who’s playing in the glorious historic gardens of the medieval city…
  • A stunning brand-new luminarium in Castle Park from Architects of Air

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