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kilkennyarts.ie Dreams and discoveries in Ireland’s medieval city
kilkennyarts.ie Dreams and discoveries in Ireland’s medieval city

kilkennyarts.ie Dreams and discoveries in Ireland’s medieval city

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PHOTO ROSS COSTIGAN

Welcome to eleven days of dreams and discoveries in Ireland’s medieval city…

Kilkenny (Cill Chainnigh or the Church of Canice) offers the visitor one of Ireland’s most memorable architectural ensembles, as a vibrant living city still laid out along its ‘medieval mile’ from the castle to the cathedral. Its history stretches back 1,500 years to the arrival of Canice and his fellow monks to found a new monastic settlement on the hill where St Canice’s Cathedral still stands. Few festivals in the world can boast such atmospheric ancient spaces, echoing their history but ideal for performance and embracing the visitors and audiences of today.

St Canice’s Cathedral, 13th century

However special our musicians may be, there’s always an extra shiver down the spine when you hear their music reverberate in the magnificent acoustics of the second longest cathedral nave in Ireland with its glorious timbered ceiling. St Canice’s has been at the heart of the Festival since our first edition in 1974.

St Kieran’s College, 19th century

Established in 1782, St Kieran’s College was the first Catholic college in Ireland founded after Grattan’s Parliament had relaxed the penal laws. The magnificent neo-Gothic building was completed in 1836 and its quad provides the perfect space for outdoor performances.

The Black Abbey, 13th century

Founded in the 1220s by a group of Dominican friars, the Black Abbey takes its name from the black ‘cappa’ that friars wore over their white habits in the middle ages. Converted to a courthouse by James I, it was restored and reopened in the nineteenth century and has hosted many memorable Festival performances over the years.

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Kilkenny Castle, 12th century

This imposing stronghold of the Ormondes and Chief Butlers of Ireland provides the Festival with a stunning space for talks and conversation in the lofty Parade Tower. Its magnificent demesne, the Castle Park, is an oasis of calm for locals and visitors alike in the heart of the medieval city, and also the location for many of our free performances for all ages.

St John’s Priory, 13th century

To step off busy John Street and into the intimate calm of the Priory (called ‘The Lantern of Ireland’ for its famous stained glass before Cromwell arrived!) creates the perfect atmosphere to discover music, whether much loved or never heard before.

Rothe House, 16th century The last remaining example in Ireland of a renaissance merchant’s townhouse is one of Kilkenny’s ‘must sees’. During the Festival it buzzes with energy, the perfect venue for exhibitions and events, including pop-up performances in its beautiful 17th-century merchant’s garden.

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INTRODUCTION

PHOTO PAT MOORE
PHOTO PAT MOORE

Welcome to the 46th Kilkenny Arts Festival!

This year’s programme is full of heart, passion and imagination and we can’t wait to share it with you. For the 46th time, Kilkenny itself becomes the Festival stage, its stunning cityscape and extraordinary spaces temporarily taken over and set alight by artistic fire and spirit. Our creators and performers will thrill, excite and provoke you and we hope you’ll join them for artistic adventures in our beautiful city and beyond.

There’s something for everyone in Kilkenny this summer. We’re collaborating on major productions with two very different but equally bold theatre companies: Rough Magic and Asylum Productions. We’re always eager to bring you to new places and so, for the first time, you’ll experience our open-air Shakespeare in the special surroundings of the Quad at St Kieran’s College, while the town of Callan itself will be the stage for a promenade production of Thomas Kilroy’s iconic novel The Big Chapel.

Since the very beginning, Kilkenny Arts Festival has invited the world’s leading artists to perform in some of the most wonderful acoustic spaces in the country and this year’s line-up of international and Irish artists promises a feast of simply gorgeous repertoire at St Canice’s Cathedral, the Black Abbey and St John’s Priory. The Watergate, Cleere’s and Set theatres will play host to everything from theatre, readings, film and dance to a plethora of gigs from Ukraine to Senegal, and medieval Rothe House will host a special afternoon with Crash Ensemble.

We’re delighted to have the Marble City Sessions co-curated by the incomparable Martin Hayes and to partner with Rollercoaster Records on a new series of great gigs across the Festival.

During the day you can immerse yourself in the exhibitions at the Butler Gallery, the National Design and Craft Gallery and Dore’s Old Factory. You’ll be able to meet our artists, poets and leading thinkers in a varied Literature and Spoken Word programme at the Parade Tower and to catch our pop-up concerts across the Secret Gardens of the city and county. At night you can see a pair of thrilling new projection shows at the cathedral and castle.

We thank our core public funders The Arts Council of Ireland and Kilkenny County Council, without whom the Festival simply could not take place. Fáilte Ireland, all our Sponsors, Event Partners and our very generous Festival Friends provide invaluable support in making this programme possible and, of course, our eternal gratitude goes to our extraordinary Volunteers, who are truly the heroes of this Festival!

Finally, we thank our artists and you, our audience. Together you have been the beating heart of the Festival for 45 years, sharing your energy and passion, and creating magical moments and memories with us.

So, dive into the programme and dive into Kilkenny, this absolute jewel of a city with its extraordinary spaces and people… we’re looking forward to welcoming you in August!

Olga Barry

Festival Director

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Íde Deloughry

President of Ireland

Marketing &

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Nollaig Healy

Festival Administrator

Valerie Ryan

Programme Manager

Artist Liaison

Lisa O’Brien

Cornelia McCarthy

Production Manager

Programme Editor

Aidan Wallace

Alistair Daniel

Box Office & Friends Manager

Strategic Consultant

Céline Reilly

Annette Nugent

Development Officer

Publicity

Grace Kearney

O’Doherty Communications

Web Design

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Emer Foley (Chair), Brian Fennelly, Lorelei Harris, Conor Langton, Anna O’Sullivan, Michael O’Toole, Thomas O’Toole, Isabell Smyth

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THEATRE

PREMIERE

ROUGH MAGIC & KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

On the deck of a deluxe mobile home a group of friends gather for a week-long party full of cocktail- infused debauchery, bad dancing and questionable gender politics.

As the celebrations continue, two couples emerge. Claudio and Hero fall deeply and madly in love, while Benedick and Beatrice resume their altogether more quarrelsome romance. Much Ado About Nothing charts the course of these two star-crossed courtships as malicious rumour and pointed lies threaten to tear them both apart.

After last year’s award-winning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rough Magic returns to Kilkenny with this vivid contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s celebrated screwball comedy. This festive production of deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance asks: can we ever truly know the people we love?

Duration 2 hrs 20 mins approx. (including interval)

Please note: this is an outdoor performance. Please dress for the weather. No umbrellas allowed.

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laced with glee, invention and a shiver of anxiety

The Irish Times on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at KAF 2018

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Director

Ronan Phelan

Set Design

Sabine Dargent

Lighting Design Sarah Jane Shiels

Costume Design

Catherine Fay

Sound Design

Denis Clohessy

Cast Includes

Clare Barrett

Venetia Bowe

Peter Corboy

Maeve Fitzgerald

Patrick Martins

Margaret McAuliffe

Jack Mullarkey

Shane O’Regan

Conor O’Riordan

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13

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8PM

8PM

8PM

3.30PM

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8PM

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& 8PM

8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 3.30PM PREVIEW & 8PM SUPPORTED BY THE QUAD AT ST KIERAN’S COLLEGE

SUPPORTED BY8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 3.30PM PREVIEW & 8PM THE QUAD AT ST KIERAN’S COLLEGE ADMISSION €26/€24,

8PM 8PM 3.30PM PREVIEW & 8PM SUPPORTED BY THE QUAD AT ST KIERAN’S COLLEGE ADMISSION €26/€24,
8PM 8PM 3.30PM PREVIEW & 8PM SUPPORTED BY THE QUAD AT ST KIERAN’S COLLEGE ADMISSION €26/€24,
8PM 8PM 3.30PM PREVIEW & 8PM SUPPORTED BY THE QUAD AT ST KIERAN’S COLLEGE ADMISSION €26/€24,

THE QUAD AT ST KIERAN’S COLLEGE ADMISSION €26/€24, FAMILY TICKET €80 FOR MATINEE PERFORMANCES, PREVIEW (THURSDAY 8) €20

PHOTO EVELYN MCNAMARA

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THEATRE

PREMIERE

ASYLUM PRODUCTIONS AND KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE ABBEY THEATRE PRESENT

The Big Chapel

WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE ABBEY THEATRE PRESENT The Big Chapel Based on The Big Chapel

Based on The Big Chapel by Thomas Kilroy Adapted by John Morton, Medb Lambert and Donal Gallagher

THEATRE

Writer

John Morton

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Director

Donal Gallagher

Designer

Medb Lambert

Composer

Irene Buckley

Choral Director

Muireann Ryan

What happens when a town takes on the retelling of its own dark history?

Come with us on a promenade adventure into an alternate world of gods and monsters.

A future town, where truth and lies are interchangeable and public opinion is formed by dangerous rhetoric.

A place where the only hope for the future is the voice of a teenager…

This could be my town, or your town

or any town.

Thomas Kilroy’s Booker-nominated novel is a fictionalised retelling of the real events surrounding the notorious ‘Callan Schools Affair’. This radical adaptation sees the people of Callan retelling their own story, using the town of Callan as its stage. Supported by an exceptional team of professional theatre artists, The Big ChapelX is a unique theatrical experience and the culmination of a year-long series of events celebrating the work of one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Please note that this is a promenade performance and the audience will be on their feet for much of the show. Please dress for the Irish weather. All scenes are wheelchair accessible but we advise bringing a person to assist along the route (Assistants go free, please call the Box Office on 056 7752175).

Lighting Designer

Paul Keogan

Choreographer

Cindy Cummings

Costume Designer

Lisa Zagone

Video Designer

John Loftus

Architecture

Consultant

Je Ahn

Acrobatic Consultants Loosysmokes

Funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon Open Call Award and Kilkenny Leader Project.

The Big Chapel Project Events For details of further events in The Big Chapel Project, see page 28.

Duration 2 hrs approx.

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11

9PM

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12

9PM

PREVIEW

TUE

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9PM

WED

14

9PM

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9PM

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9PM

MEETING POINT: MAIN ENTRANCE TO ST BRIGID’S COLLEGE, KILKENNY RD, CALLAN PARKING: BUNSCOIL MCAULEY RICE, KILKENNY RD, CALLAN PLEASE NOTE CALLAN IS 20KM FROM KILKENNY CITY ADMISSION €20/€14, PREVIEW (SUNDAY 11) €14

KILKENNY RD, CALLAN PLEASE NOTE CALLAN IS 20KM FROM KILKENNY CITY ADMISSION €20/€14, PREVIEW (SUNDAY 11)
KILKENNY RD, CALLAN PLEASE NOTE CALLAN IS 20KM FROM KILKENNY CITY ADMISSION €20/€14, PREVIEW (SUNDAY 11)

PHOTO RORY LEWIS

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ROUGH MAGIC AND GLÓR IN ASSOCIATION WITH GALWAY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL AND KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENT

Cleft

by Fergal McElherron

‘Everything meets there. Anord. Everything crashes there; the waves crash into the land, the sky crashes into the sea, the wind crashes against your body.’

Living on a harsh, remote island, twin sisters Fea and Caireen have created their own emotional ecosystem, raising Fea’s son together. But while Caireen embraces motherhood, Fea watches as her son grows in the likeness of his father whose body lies buried beneath the hawthorn tree.

Directed by Rough Magic’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Parker and starring Simone Kirby and Penny Layden, Cleft is a dark, folkloric tale about one family’s unrelenting will to survive.

THU

8

7.30PM

FRI

9

7.30PM

SAT

10

7.30PM

SUN

11

3PM

WATERGATE THEATRE

ADMISSION €25/€22.50

SUN 11 3PM WATERGATE THEATRE ADMISSION €25/€22.50 Director Lynne Parker Lighting Design Zia Bergin-Holly

Director

Lynne Parker

Lighting Design

Zia Bergin-Holly

Composer/Sound Design Cameron Macaulay

Set Design Zia Bergin-Holly and Lynne Parker

Cast

Simone Kirby

Penny Layden

Duration 75 mins approx. (without interval)

FEWS ENSEMBLE

The Soldier’s Tale

Music by Igor Stravinsky Libretto by CF Ramuz

Translator

Jeremy Sams

Actor

Ciarán Hinds

Dancer

Emily Ayers

The Fews Ensemble directed by Joanne Quigley McParland

Joanne Quigley McParland violin Dominic Dudley double bass Andrew Crowley trumpet Ross Lyness trombone Éanna Monaghan bassoon Francesco Paolo Scola clarinet Alex Petcu percussion

By arrangement with Chester Music Limited acting on behalf of itself and Schott Music GmH & Co KG

It’s just over a century since Stravinsky penned his second masterpiece at the end of the First World War. Based on an old Russian fable, The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) tells the story of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for untold wealth. Or so he believes…

One of Ireland’s most successful actors, Ciarán Hinds, plays narrator, soldier and devil in this gripping concert performance of Stravinsky’s masterpiece. Performed by the Fews Ensemble, Northern Ireland’s outstanding new chamber music group, with movement from contemporary dancer Emily Ayers, The Soldier’s Tale is a thrilling Faustian story with a score every bit as inventive as The Rite of Spring.

Duration 60 mins approx. (without interval)

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13

7.30PM

WED

14

7.30PM

WATERGATE THEATRE

ADMISSION €25/€22.50

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Supported by Bill & Denise Whelan

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revelatory

The Times

Alexander Gavrylyuk

Ukraine/Australia

PROGRAMME Mozart: Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 Brahms: Rhapsody No. 2 in G minor, Op. 79 Brahms: Intermezzi Nos. 2 & 3, Op. 117 Liszt: Étude No. 6 Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre (Liszt/Horowitz)

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Duration 1 hr 45 mins approx. (including interval)

‘If this giant visits your city,’ wrote the eminent Australian pianist Roger Woodward, ‘drop everything you are doing and go and see him. His towering spirit carries the future of music’. Woodward had just witnessed Alexander Gavrylyuk’s electrifying debut at the BBC Proms in 2017. Since then the prodigiously gifted Ukrainian pianist has continued to thrill audiences all over the world with his virtuosity and passion, and we’re delighted to welcome him to St Canice’s for his Irish debut. Spanning everything from Mozart to Mussorgsky, this eclectic programme is the perfect showcase for his astonishing talent. Don’t miss it!

Gerry Murphy explores the inspiration behind Mussorgsky’s masterpiece in the Parade Tower on Saturday 10 August at 11am. See page 32 for details.

blow-your-socks-off virtuosity

Gramophone

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10

7.30PM

ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION ZONE A €30/€28 ZONE B €27/€25

Nathalie Stutzmann

contralto, conductor

Leon Košavic´ baritone

Phoenix 55 International

Not only is contralto Nathalie Stutzmann ‘one of the great baroque singers of our day’ (Gramophone), she also enjoys a distinguished international career as a conductor (for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, among others). For her Kilkenny debut, Stutzmann combines both talents, bringing her acclaimed ensemble Phoenix 55 (comprising musicians from her previous project, Orfeo 55) to St Canice’s to perform a very special programme of Bach cantatas with the talented young baritone, Leon Košavic´.

Devotion takes sections from some of Bach’s greatest works – specially selected by Stutzmann – and recombines them to form a thrilling ‘new’ composition. This unique programme is the first opportunity for an Irish audience to hear the ‘best contralto in the world’ (BR Klassik) singing Bach’s timeless cantata repertoire as you’ve never heard it before.

PROGRAMME Bach – Devotion

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BWV 42 – Sinfonia BWV – Vergnüte Ruh BWV 4 – Sinfonia BWV 74 – Ich gehe hin BWV 133 – Getrost! BWV 33 – Wie Furchtsam wankten meinne Schritte BWV 56 – Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen

BWV 42 – Jesus ist ein Schild BWV 35 – Gott hat alles wohl gemacht BWV 35 – Sinfonia (No. 5) BWV 106 – In deine Hände, befehl’ ich meinen Geist BWV 12 – Sinfona (No. 1) BWV 82 – Ich habe genug

Duration 1 hr 45 mins approx. (including interval)

Stutzmann’s singing was remarkable

Seen and Heard International on Orfeo 55 at Wigmore Hall

Nathalie is the real thing. So much love, intensity and sheer technique. We need more conductors like her

Sir Simon Rattle

THU

15

7.30PM

ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION ZONE A €35/€31.50 ZONE B €30/€27

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Irish Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Zehetmair conductor, violin

Ruth Killius viola

PROGRAMME Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Britten: Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’

Duration 1 hr 45 mins approx. (including interval)

We’re thrilled to welcome back the Irish Chamber Orchestra for their annual residency. For this concert the orchestra is joined by Thomas Zehetmair, who enjoys a dual career as a sought-after international conductor and an outstanding violinist whose recordings have won multiple awards. For this magnificent programme featuring Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ symphony – one of the composer’s most celebrated works – Zehetmair both conducts and performs in the company of the supremely talented violist (and fellow member of the Zehetmair Quartet), Ruth Killius.

PHOTO JULIEN MIGNOT
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of the Zehetmair Quartet), Ruth Killius. PHOTO JULIEN MIGNOT FRI 16 7.30PM ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION

FRI

16

7.30PM

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CHAMBER MUSIC IN THE AFTERNOON

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Irish Chamber Orchestra

Katherine Hunka

conductor, violin

PROGRAMME Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 David Fennessy: Hirta Rounds Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro in G Major, Op. 47

Duration 80 mins approx.

The orchestra kicks off a new series of chamber works in the afternoon with this delightful programme featuring Elgar’s masterpiece – the Introduction and Allegro – and Britten’s Variations, the work that brought him international fame. These iconic twentieth-century works are complemented by David Fennessy’s Hirta Rounds, an ethereal piece by one of Ireland’s most accomplished composers.

FRI

9 THE BLACK ABBEY ADMISSION €19/€17

4PM

, an ethereal piece by one of Ireland’s most accomplished composers. FRI 9 THE BLACK ABBEY

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PROGRAMME I, SATURDAY 10 AUGUST Arvo Pärt: ‘Es sang vor langen Jahren’ Arvo Pärt: Fratres Arvo Pärt: Summa Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater

Duration 60 mins approx. (without interval)

PROGRAMME II, SATURDAY 17 AUGUST Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B Major, Op. 18 Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36

Duration 80 mins approx. (without interval)

Helena Wood violin Siun Milne violin Beth McNinch viola Bill Butt cello Roisin O’Grady soprano Sharon Carty mezzo-soprano Eamonn Mulhall tenor

Harriet Mackenzie violin Jane Hackett violin Beth McNinch viola Andreea Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello

Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber
Banciu viola Bill Butt cello Gráinne Hope cello We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber

We’re delighted to welcome the exciting young chamber music ensemble Musici Ireland to the Festival for this pair of concerts in the Black Abbey, starting with chamber and choral works by the great Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose unmistakable sound has captivated audiences all over the world ever since ‘Fratres’ received its premiere more than 40 years ago. The second concert focuses on Brahms’ String Sextets: two of the most radiantly melodic works in the composer’s repertoire.

most radiantly melodic works in the composer’s repertoire. SAT 10 3.30PM SAT 17 THE BLACK ABBEY

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3.30PM

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17 THE BLACK ABBEY ADMISSION €19/€17 FOR EACH CONCERT

3.30PM

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Patrick Rafter & Michael McHale

[Vengerov] was well matched by Rafter … there were moments when the two soloists could not be told apart

The Irish Times

PROGRAMME Claude Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano, L148 Claude Debussy: Estampes, II. La soirée dans Grenade; III. Jardins sous la pluie Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata No. 3 for Solo Violin ‘Ballade’, Op. 27 César Franck: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano

Duration 70 mins approx. (without interval)

Two of Ireland’s most exciting young talents join forces in this mouthwatering programme spanning a century of music. Kilkenny’s own star Patrick Rafter – who at the age of 17 won all three senior competitions at the Dublin RDS Feis Ceoil – now ranks ‘amongst the greatest violinists’ (Alexander Baillie), mentioned in the same breath as Maxim Vengerov, Itzhak Perlman and Nigel Kennedy, while pianist Michael McHale has established himself on the international stage as an outstanding soloist and chamber musician, performing with the likes of James Galway and Dame Felicity Lott.

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11 ST JOHN’S PRIORY ADMISSION €19/€17

3.30PM

SUN 11 ST JOHN’S PRIORY ADMISSION €19/€17 3.30PM For this afternoon concert in St John’s they

For this afternoon concert in St John’s they explore a quartet of fin de siècle gems, from César Franck’s late masterpiece, the Sonata in A, to Eugène Ysaÿe’s Bach-inspired Sonata No. 3 and Debussy’s last major composition, the Sonata for Violin and Piano.

ST JOHN’S PRIORY ADMISSION €19/€17
ST JOHN’S PRIORY
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12

3.30PM

she plays with a lightness of touch and enchanting freshness

Sunday Business Post

Fionnuala Moynihan

PROGRAMME Clara Schumann: Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20 Clara Schumann: Piano Sonata in G minor Clara Schumann: Drei Romanzen, Op. 21

Duration 50 mins approx. (without interval)

Fionnuala Moynihan is one of Ireland’s leading classical pianists, celebrated for her monumental performances of great piano cycles by Mozart, Haydn and Bach. For her solo Festival debut she explores the work of the Romantic composer and pianist, Clara Schumann, whose Variations on a theme by her husband, Robert, inspired Brahms to compose his own, while her Three Romances (Drei Romanzen) sent King George V of Hanover into raptures.

Malcolm Proud

something of a musical visionary

The Irish Times

SAT

17 ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION €19/€17

11AM

PROGRAMME Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 Bach: Three chorale preludes on ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 659/660/661 Bach: Canonic variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her’, BWV 769 Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548

Duration 50 mins approx. (without interval)

No Festival would be complete without the world-renowned organist, Malcolm Proud. For this recital he delves into the vast Bach organ repertoire for another unmissable performance at St Canice’s Cathedral.

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Quatuor Mosaïques

Austria/France

Quatuor Mosaïques’ performances of Schubert’s late string quartets were among the highlights of the Festival in 2017, and we’re thrilled to welcome the quartet back for a fresh trio of concerts in the magnificent Black Abbey. Focusing on some of Beethoven’s greatest string quartets, complemented with equally brilliant works by Mozart and Haydn, these concerts offer a rare opportunity to hear ‘the world’s leading period-instrument quartet’ (The Independent) performing at the height of its powers.

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13

3.30PM

WED

14

3.30PM

THU

15

3.30PM

THE BLACK ABBEY ADMISSION €19/€17 FOR EACH CONCERT

PROGRAMME I, TUESDAY 13 AUGUST Mozart: String Quartet No. 3 in G Major, K 156 Haydn: String Quartet No. 59 in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

Duration 75 mins approx. (without interval)

PROGRAMME II, WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST Haydn: String Quartet No. 35 in D minor, Op. 42 Mozart: String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K 464 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2

Duration 80 mins approx. (without interval)

PROGRAMME III, THURSDAY 15 AUGUST Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor, KV 546 Haydn: String Quartet No. 52 in E flat major, Op. 64, No. 6 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3

Duration 65 mins approx. (without interval)

Quatuor Mosaïques made a chamber music evening in the concert hall into a breathtaking experience

Die Presse

Chamber Choir Ireland

Grete Pedersen conductor

a sheerly beautiful immersion in choral sonority

The Irish Times

PROGRAMME Kaija Saariaho: Nuits, adieux Ørjan Matre: Orphic Songs Prologue, Rite, Hyphnos Louis Andriessen: Un Beau Baiser Deirdre McKay: sable qui glisse Rhona Clarke: The Kiss Maja Linderoth: Sonnet form denatured prose

Duration 70 mins approx. (without interval)

After its sold-out, late-night concerts exploring choral works through the ages, Chamber Choir Ireland returns to the Festival with a radical new approach. Led by celebrated Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen, the choir performs an exciting suite of contemporary pieces by a wealth of European composers. Featuring Louis Andriessen’s gorgeous Un Beau Baiser, as well as recent works by leading Irish composers Rhona Clarke and Deirdre McKay, this truly is, as The Journal of Music put it, ‘new music for everyone’.

is, as The Journal of Music put it, ‘new music for everyone’. FRI 16 THE BLACK

FRI

16 THE BLACK ABBEY ADMISSION €19/€17

3.30PM

16 MUSIC & PROJECTION/VISUALS

16 MUSIC & PROJECTION/VISUALS Eat My Noise fLux The first of two light shows at this

Eat My Noise

fLux

The first of two light shows at this year’s Festival is a multi-sensory spectacular taking place inside St Canice’s Cathedral. The brainchild of Eat My Noise (a collaboration between composers David Duffy and Peter Power), fLux mixes projections, live organ (John O’Brien), live electronics and tape in a breathtaking immersive experience inspired by structural loops, fractals and the Golden Ratio. The result is a feast for the senses that leaves audiences reeling.

Duration 70 mins approx. (without interval)

FRI

9 ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION €18

9.30PM

FRI 9 ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION €18 9.30PM KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OPW

KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OPW

Light Up the Castle

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With its distinctive circular towers and magnificent limestone walls, Kilkenny Castle is one of the most celebrated landmarks in the city, if not the country. As night falls, those iconic walls will play host to a spectacular free light show. The show will be visible at several points around the city (and you can tune in to KCLR to hear the music accompanying the show), but the best vantage point is the Castle Rose Garden, from where you can enjoy free access to the full spectacle. Don’t miss this chance to see the castle as you’ve never seen it before!

Please note: latecomers will not be admitted. Wheelchair users are advised to contact the Festival box office before the show. Gates open at 10.15pm from the Parade entrance. Duration 20 mins approx.

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PHOTO ANNE CELDT MULTIMEDIA

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gorgeously sung and passionately played … an evocation of human solidarity

The Guardian

MARK AND MARICHKA MARCZYK Ukraine

Balaklava Blues

Anyone who saw Counting Sheep, their award-winning ‘guerilla folk opera’, or danced the night away with the Lemon Bucket Orkestra back in 2017, will need no introduction to Mark and Marichka Marczyk. This year we’re delighted to welcome back the exuberant duo with a brand new show created by Belarus Free Theatre, Balaklava Blues.

Balaklava Blues sets the Marczyks’ heart-stopping traditional vocals to a range of propulsive electronic dance beats, performed against a mind- blowing backdrop of documentary footage from the front lines of Ukraine’s Maidan revolution. At once hard-hitting and surreal, Balaklava Blues transports you into the heart of war-torn Ukraine with a unique mix of powerful singing and impossibly danceable tunes.

Duration 90 mins approx.

Please note that this event has limited seating, available on a first-come- first served basis

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kilkennyarts.ie SAT 10 9.30PM SET THEATRE ADMISSION €22 [a] gem of an album The Irish Times

[a] gem of an album

The Irish Times

THEATRE ADMISSION €22 [a] gem of an album The Irish Times Sun Collective Bands that embrace

Sun Collective

Bands that embrace everything from folk to classical, indie and jazz, sometimes sound confused. But Sun Collective takes these disparate genres and melds them into a seamless blend of gorgeous three-part harmonies and lush string arrangements. Led by songwriter and producer Caimin Gilmore, the Dublin eight-piece has gone from strength to strength since releasing an acclaimed debut album in 2017. This intimate gig in Cleere’s is a wonderful chance to experience their unique sound.

Duration 70 mins approx.

Please note: This is a standing event

WED

14

9PM

CLEERE’S THEATRE

ADMISSION €12

event WED 14 9PM CLEERE’S THEATRE ADMISSION €12 Carlou D Senegal MUSIC 1 9 Senegal’s Carlou

Carlou D

Senegal

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Senegal’s Carlou D is a rising global star with a powerful voice. Since leaving socially conscious hip-hop collective Positive Black Soul, he has forged his own distinct path, developing a sound that blends traditional Senegalese instruments with contemporary influences and collaborating with stellar compatriots like Youssou N’Dour. His powerful voice and deft guitar playing are wonders to behold and his appearance at the Set – backed by a full band featuring acoustic guitars, bass, kora and percussion – is sure to be one of the Festival’s most memorable moments.

Duration 80 mins approx. (without interval)

Please note that this event has limited seating, available on a first-come-first served basis

FRI

16

10PM

SET THEATRE

ADMISSION €22

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Elephant International

Homogenic & Kid A

The idea of playing electronic music on wooden instruments might seem bizarre, but it was while working with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood that string quintet Wooden Elephant was inspired to do just that. The result was a groundbreaking performance of Björk’s album Homogenic that combined traditional string instruments with everything from wine glasses to kitchen foil. Since then, Wooden Elephant has expanded its repertoire to embrace other pop classics, and for this acoustic performance in the Set the quintet performs two of its favourite albums in their entirety – Homogenic and Radiohead’s masterpiece Kid A. These dazzling interpretations match the restless innovation of the original works, and sound at once familiar and utterly new.

Duration 80 approx.

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extraordinary

The Irish Times

20 SPOKEN WORD/ MUSIC extraordinary The Irish Times Famished Cherry Smyth Ed Bennett Lauren Kinsella It

Famished

Cherry Smyth Ed Bennett Lauren Kinsella

It was while hurrying through a London tube station that award-winning poet Cherry Smyth got the inspiration for Famished, her ‘extraordinary’ (The Irish Times) collaboration with composer Ed Bennett and leading jazz vocalist Lauren Kinsella. The fruit of seven years’ research into the forgotten stories of the Irish Famine and the role played by British Imperialism, Famished combines Smyth’s lyrical poems with Bennett’s cinematic score and haunting vocal interventions from Kinsella to tell the story of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of the nineteenth century. The result is a lyrical lament that leaves audiences stunned and deeply moved.

Duration 90 mins approx. (without interval)

THU

15

5PM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION €12/€10

MUSIC

FILM/DANCE

[Crash Ensemble] plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group The New York
[Crash Ensemble] plays with the energy and spirit of a
rock group
The New York Times
IRISH PREMIERE
Crash Ensemble
Song of the Books
The mighty Crash Ensemble returns to Kilkenny for a series
of free pop-up concerts in the atmospheric courtyard
of Rothe House. Led by the indomitable Kate Ellis, the
ensemble performs a selection of works at 1.30, 2.30
and 3.30pm, including the Irish premiere of a major new
piece by Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett, a thrillingly
modern work for cello, electronics and amplified ensemble
inspired by the traditional air Amhrán na Leabhar or ‘Song
of the Books’. Be sure to drop by the courtyard to catch a
performance and enjoy the intriguing musical interludes
interspersed between each concert.
Sandy Silva
Canada
people hold their breath each time Sandy Silva
appears … she burns the floor
Le Soleil
Duration 30 mins per concert approx.
Canadian dancer Sandy Silva is a pioneer of ‘body
percussion’, an expressive dance style that uses the whole
body to weave tapestries of sound, from the whisper of a
shoe on a floor to blazingly fast tap rhythms. Drawing on a
breathtaking range of traditional dance forms, from Cape
Breton to the Appalachian mountains, Silva works at the
crossroads of movement and sound, forging a style both
totally unique and utterly compelling. This show combines
screenings of Silva’s short films from the award-winning
Migration Dance Project with exhilarating live performance,
accompanied by acclaimed guitarist Steve Cooney.
Duration 70 mins approx. (without interval)
FRI
FRI
ROTHE HOUSE
WATERGATE THEATRE
16 ADMISSION
16
ADMISSION €15
FREE (UNTICKETED)
1.30-4PM
6PM

QME has well and truly arrived. Beautiful!

All About Jazz

MUSIC

21

Quiet Music Ensemble

Deep Listening Sunday

Founded by composer John Godfrey, and comprised of some of the best musicians in the country, the Quiet Music Ensemble is renowned for its innovative performances of experimental music, mixing improvisation with live electronics and recorded sounds. The ensemble’s repertoire of hushed, ambient pieces are meditations on sound itself, designed to draw audiences into a state of ‘deep listening’ that richly rewards close attention. This free performance in the Parade Tower features world premieres of works by leading composers including Marianthi Papalexandri- Alexandri and Heather Frasch. Stop by any time during the performance and immerse yourself in these entrancing soundscapes.

Duration 3 hrs approx.

Quiet Music Ensemble acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.

support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible. SUN 18 2PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION

SUN

18

2PM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION

FREE (UNTICKETED)

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22 MUSIC: ROLLERCOASTER SESSIONS THE ROLLERCOASTER SESSIONS Sick Love The Wha WITH The Festival is thrilled
22 MUSIC: ROLLERCOASTER SESSIONS THE ROLLERCOASTER SESSIONS Sick Love The Wha WITH The Festival is thrilled

Sick Love The Wha

WITH

The Festival is thrilled to present this exciting double bill featuring two up-and-coming Irish bands. Kilkenny’s own indie rock four-piece The Wha has been making waves this year with its debut single ‘Innocence’, while Sick Love’s high-energy, no-holds-barred rock shows have seen them hotly tipped ‘to join the Super League of Irish rock bands’ (The Irish Times).

Duration 90 mins approx.

Please note that this event has limited seating, available on a first-come- first served basis

FRI

9

8PM

SET THEATRE

ADMISSION €12

Cathal Coughlan

Song of Co-Aklan I:

The Re-Brand Audit (a Retrospective) Song of Co-Aklan II:

The Final Coronation - Anthem for a Hostile Takeover

II: The Final Coronation - Anthem for a Hostile Takeover David Keenan & Band MUSIC: ROLLERCOASTER

David Keenan & Band

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‘If you have yet to discover the melodies and words of David Keenan,’ wrote GoldenPlec, ‘you are in for a rare and wonderful find’. A deft lyricist with a powerful storytelling sense, the 25-year-old Dundalk native’s songs are bursting with infectious hooks and original turns of phrase, all delivered with an impassioned, soulful voice. With a string of acclaimed releases and a US tour under his belt Keenan is busy making waves, and this rousing gig in the Set, backed by a full band, is the perfect showcase for his unique talent.

Duration 90 mins approx.

Please note that this event has limited seating, available on a first-come-first served basis

one of the most inspiring talents to come out of Irish music for a very long time

GoldenPlec

SUN

11

9.30PM

SET THEATRE

ADMISSION €20

[a] genius of Irish rock

The Irish Times

Coughlan’s intelligence and passion are a rebuke to a vapid music industry, his chronicles of disaffection and disgust an inspiration

The Guardian

For 30 years, whether as a solo artist or frontman of acclaimed indie bands Microdisney and the Fatima Mansions, Cathal Coughlan has been one of rock’s most singular performers, feted for his caustic wit and dark lyricism. This pair of back-to-back shows offers the first glimpses of Coughlan’s satirical new persona, ‘Co-Aklan’. In the first gig, the artist formerly known as ‘Cathal Coughlan’ joins forces with his band, the Grand Necropolitan Quartet, mixing favourite songs from his extraordinary back catalogue with new work inspired by Bertolt Brecht. For the second concert Coughlan/Co-Aklan is joined by guitarist James Woodrow to perform songs old and new, inspired by everything from the Book of Ezekiel to Kafka’s short story ‘The Burrow’. Don’t miss this chance to catch a genuinely original talent at the birth of this thrilling new project.

Duration 70 mins per concert approx.

SUN

11

8PM

MON

12

9PM

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Arborist

a staggering debut

Mojo on Home Burial

Most bands have a few albums under their belt before they come to the attention of indie legends, but Arborist’s very first single, ‘Twisted Arrow’, featured guest vocals from none other than Kim Deal. Since then the band, fronted by singer-songwriter Mark McCambridge, has gone from strength to strength, releasing a rapturously received album, Home Burial, and supporting the likes of Low and Cat Power. With an eagerly awaited new album in the pipeline, Arborist bring their entrancing brand of Americana to Cleere’s for an evening of low-fi acoustic songs filled with laidback melodies and washed with gorgeous strings.

Support: Patrick M Barrett

Duration 80 mins approx.

strings. Support: Patrick M Barrett Duration 80 mins approx. Please note: This is a standing event

Please note: This is a standing event

THU

15

8PM

CLEERE’S THEATRE

ADMISSION €17

magical amplified folk journeys through modern life … gorgeous electronics … stunning

The Guardian on The Curious Hand

Seamus Fogarty

It’s seven years since Seamus Fogarty last appeared at the Festival, supporting Mick Flannery. Since then Fogarty has grown into a headline act in his own right, with barnstorming live performances and a stunning second album, The Curious Hand, that sent critics into raptures. Whether singing about Van Gogh or sleeping in a church in Carlow, Fogarty is a musical anthropologist, a collector of stories and sounds lifted wholesale and tucked into the folds of his songs. On record his delicate alt-folk is enriched by a dazzling array of electronic pulses, but it’s live that his songwriting talent and troubadour spirit really come to the fore.

talent and troubadour spirit really come to the fore. Duration 80 mins approx. Please note: This

Duration 80 mins approx.

Please note: This is a standing event

FRI

16

8PM

CLEERE’S THEATRE

ADMISSION €20

A UNIQUE SERIES OF COLLABORATIONS CO-CURATED BY MARTIN HAYES

THE MARBLE CITY SESSIONS

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THE MARBLE CITY SESSIONS MUSIC: MARBLE CITY SESSIONS 2 5 Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill /
THE MARBLE CITY SESSIONS MUSIC: MARBLE CITY SESSIONS 2 5 Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill /

Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill / Louise & Michelle Mulcahy

This unique event brings together two celebrated pairs of sisters from very different parts of the Irish tradition. Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill – leading lights in Irish traditional music for over 40 years – are steeped in the rich tradition of West Donegal, while flautist and uilleann piper Louise Mulcahy and her multi-instrumentalist sister Michelle – one of Ireland’s most creative harpists – hail from Limerick. For this concert the siblings join forces to explore their musical heritage in an unmissable collaboration between four of the finest talents working in traditional music today.

Duration 90 mins approx.

music fit for the gods

The Irish Times on Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill

her revolutionary style on the harp is scintillating … one of the most significant musicians redefining harp at present

The Living Tradition on Michelle Mulcahy

Please note: this is a seated event

TUE

13

9PM

SET THEATRE

ADMISSION €25

Martin Hayes Quartet

a masterclass in interpretation … yet another thought- provoking escapade to relish from Hayes

The Irish Times

WED

14 ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION €30/€27

7.30PM

Martin Hayes makes an eagerly awaited return to St Canice’s with his newest groundbreaking ensemble. Mixing traditional tunes with unconventional instruments – courtesy of guitarist Dennis Cahill, viola d’amore player Liz Knowles, and clarinettist Doug Wieselman – the Martin Hayes Quartet is busy redefining how traditional music can sound. The result, ‘intimate in feel and panoramic in scope’ (Journal of Music), is a beguiling blend of tradition and innovation at once familiar and utterly fresh. For this year’s concert, the quartet is complemented by dancer Sandy Silva, another unique performer whose work takes a fresh approach to traditional forms.

Duration 90 mins approx.

Sandy Silva, another unique performer whose work takes a fresh approach to traditional forms. Duration 90

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Richard Thompson UK

It’s 13 years since he was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the BBC, but Richard Thompson shows no signs of resting on his laurels. In the intervening time the folk-rock legend has curated London’s prestigious Meltdown Festival, recorded the soundtrack to Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man, and released a string of critically acclaimed albums showcasing the songwriting prowess that earned him an Ivor Novello Award and more than one Grammy nomination over the course of a glittering career. This very special gig in the Set is a wonderful chance to see for yourself just why Thompson is regarded as one of the genuine songwriting, and guitar-playing, greats.

Support: Katherine Priddy

Duration 80 mins approx. (excluding support)

Please note: this is a seated event

WED

14

9.30PM

SET THEATRE

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the finest songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix

Los Angeles Times

the best electric guitarist since Hendrix Los Angeles Times an irresistible force of truth, beauty and
the best electric guitarist since Hendrix Los Angeles Times an irresistible force of truth, beauty and
the best electric guitarist since Hendrix Los Angeles Times an irresistible force of truth, beauty and

an irresistible force of truth, beauty and electric improvisation

The Village Voice

Sounds Like Freedom

A Musical Celebration of the Struggle for Civil Rights in Ireland and America

featuring Karan Casey Melvin Gibbs JT Lewis Úna Monaghan Aidan O’Rourke Brandon Ross Niall Vallely

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15

10PM

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Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

with

Cormac Begley

Steve Cooney

Síle Denvir

Sandy Silva

& more

SAT

17 ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION €30/€27

8PM

From The Gloaming to The Martin Hayes Quartet, the partnership of Martin Hayes’ fiddle and Dennis Cahill’s guitar has been at the heart of many of the most exciting traditional music projects in recent years. For this closing concert in the Marble City Sessions, Hayes and Cahill are joined by a line-up of outstanding musicians, including concertina-player Cormac Begley, guitarist Steve Cooney, sean nós singer and harpist Síle Denvir, cellist Kate Ellis, singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and dancer Sandy Silva, for a celebration of eleven days of Festival magic.

Duration 90 mins approx.

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Irish traditional music has a proud history of speaking out against injustice, and it was when he heard the Harriet Tubman Trio that concertina-player Niall Vallely got the idea for this unique concert exploring the musical connections between the civil rights movements in Ireland and the US.

Named after a celebrated African American who liberated 300 slaves, the Harriet Tubman Trio is a powerhouse of New York’s experimental jazz scene whose earth-scorching blend of funk, rock, jazz and dub is infused with revolutionary zeal. For this very special collaboration the trio is joined by a quartet of musicians whose work sits at the cutting edge of trad: singer Karan Casey, harpist Úna Monaghan, fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke and Vallely himself. Performing songs of protest and rebellion, Sounds Like Freedom celebrates the subversive spirit of Irish traditional music and forges new connections between musicians whose work speaks the language of protest.

Duration 90 mins approx.

For a taste of the Harriet Tubman Trio don’t miss their free Sofa Session gig at Billy Byrne’s on Wednesday 14 August at 10pm. Limited capacity. Book online at kilkennyarts.ie

PHOTO JOE O’SHAUGHNESSY

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THE BIG CHAPEL PROJECT: EVENTS

A special programme of events to mark The Big Chapel Project. For details of The Big ChapelX,

a theatrical adaptation of Thomas Kilroy’s novel, see pages 6-7.

Notions As part of The Big Chapel Project, architecture partners Studio Weave, led by Je
Notions
As part of The Big Chapel Project, architecture
partners Studio Weave, led by Je Ahn and
Callan-based curator Orlaith Treacy, have
teamed up with students from UCD School
of Architecture, Planning and Environmental
Policy to re-imagine Callan’s regeneration
and redevelopment as a pilot town for Project
Ireland 2040.
Based on interviews with locals and extensive
research into the past and present of the town,
this exhibition maps out some possible futures
that these young architects and planners of
tomorrow have dreamed up for Callan.
PREVIEW
SUN
11
3PM-5PM
MACRA NA FEIRME HALL,
MILL STREET, CALLAN
OPENING HOURS: 12-5PM
EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL SATURDAY 17 AUGUST

The Big Chapel

in conversation

How do you adapt a novel, not for the stage, but for an entire town? Where do you begin? Author Thomas Kilroy joins director Donal Gallagher, designer Medb Lambert and Abbey Theatre producer Jen Coppinger to explore the unique challenges of staging The Big Chapel in Callan.

Duration 60 mins approx.

TUE

PARADE TOWER

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11AM

Placemarker…

How art can influence our experience of spaces and places

Creative Producer Róise Goan (Arts Admin) chairs this free panel discussion with Dr Mick Lennon (Director of Teaching and Learning, BA Planning, Geography & Environment, UCD School of Architecture), Virginia Teehan (Chief Executive, Heritage Council of Ireland) and Je Ahn (Studio Weave).

Duration 60 mins approx.

SAT

17 THE FRIARY, WEST STREET, CALLAN ADMISSION FREE

3.30PM

Over the Backyard Wall

Over the Backyard Wall, Thomas Kilroy’s recent ‘memory book’, is a genre-bending

mix of memoir and imagination, combining

historical fiction with recollections of his Callan childhood, his education at St

Kieran’s College in Kilkenny, and his early adventures in Europe and America. For

this event, Kilroy joins theatre and opera

director Patrick Mason to explore the ways in which Kilkenny has influenced his life

and work.

Duration 60 mins approx.

SUN

11

11AM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION €14/€12

mins approx. SUN 11 11AM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION €14/€12 A year-long podcast series exploring Thomas Kilroy’s

A year-long podcast series exploring Thomas Kilroy’s novel chapter by chapter. Presented by Etaoin Holahan and recorded in Fennelly’s of Callan, each episode focuses on a chapter of the novel in conversation with enthusiasts, experts

and admirers.

https://www.thebigchapel.com/the-

project#/the-big-chapel-podcast/

project#/the-big-chapel-podcast/ KATO PRESENTS Rat King A rehearsed reading a glittering gem

KATO PRESENTS

Rat King

A rehearsed reading

a glittering gem of a show

The Irish Times on Pondling

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Writer and performer Genevieve Hulme-Beaman is a rising star of the Irish stage. In 2014, her wickedly dark debut Pondling, about

a young girl’s obsessive crush on an older boy, was a runaway hit, garnering rave reviews from Edinburgh to New York and winning

a clutch of awards, including Best Female Performer at Dublin

Fringe Festival, the Scotsman Fringe First Award Edinburgh and a New York Times Critics Pick.

This rehearsed reading offers a tantalizing glimpse of her brand- new work before its official premiere. Rat King is a spoken-word black comedy exploring the lives of David and Chrissy, a pigeon- hearted duo clambering to make sense of their world. Shot through with her deliciously dark humour, Rat King confirms Hulme-Beaman as one of the country’s most exciting new talents.

Suitable for ages 16 and over.

Duration 40 mins approx.

Suitable for ages 16 and over. Duration 40 mins approx. SAT 17 2PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION

SAT

17

2PM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION €14/€12

a quite brilliant dissection of the cultural roots of the Brexit narrative

Ed Milliband

Writer/performer Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

Director

Ronan Phelan

Producer

Kate Ferris

SAT

10

5PM

CLEERE’S THEATRE

ADMISSION FREE

BUT TICKETED

Heroic Failure

Fintan O’Toole

Scott of the Antarctic, the Light Brigade, Gordon of Khartoum:

the British have long enjoyed portraying themselves as plucky underdogs in noble pursuit of a lost cause. There may be no cause more hopeless than Brexit – less a process than a sort of quicksand in which an entire nation has become progressively mired – and yet half the nation, and many of its politicians, remain doggedly committed to the cause. How did this happen? When did failure slip from pastime to national obsession?

Fintan O’Toole, journalist and author of the bestselling Heroic Failure, picks through the wreckage of Brexit, exploring the rise of English nationalism, and considering the potential consequences for Ireland, the border, and peace.

Duration 60 mins approx.

30

SPOKEN WORD

THE HUBERT BUTLER ANNUAL LECTURE

From Revolution to Resolution:

War and Peace in the Modern Era Fergal Keane

Introduced by Olivia O’Leary

the Modern Era Fergal Keane Introduced by Olivia O’Leary SUN 11 ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION €17/€15

SUN

11 ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION €17/€15

5.30PM

11 ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL ADMISSION €17/€15 5.30PM In his three decades as a BBC correspondent, Fergal

In his three decades as a BBC correspondent, Fergal Keane has reported on conflicts all over the world, from Northern Ireland to Rwanda, earning acclaim for his deep compassion and eye for detail, and winning countless awards including a BAFTA, the Orwell Prize for political writing and an OBE for services to journalism. He is now Africa Editor of the BBC, travelling and reporting on the continent.

In recent years he has turned his attention to older conflicts, writing acclaimed books on everything from the siege of Kohima during World War Two to his grandmother’s experiences in North Kerry during the War of Independence and the Civil War.

In this year’s Hubert Butler Lecture, Keane draws on a lifetime of frontline experience to reflect on the nature of war. What makes people decide to take up arms, how does the act of killing reverberate through the generations, and is it possible to achieve a more peaceful world?

Duration 75 mins approx.

The Hubert Butler Annual Lecture was established by the Festival in 2007 to honour the Kilkenny writer, historian and broadcaster whose remarkable consistency of vision and clarity of mind made him unique among 20th-century essayists.

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Transforming Evans’ Home

Creating a Butler Gallery for the 21st Century

Evelyn Graham, Gerry Kearns, Niall McCullough & Anna O’Sullivan

Gerry Kearns, Niall McCullough & Anna O’Sullivan Behind the Canvas Amy Cutler, Eamon Colman & Blaise
Gerry Kearns, Niall McCullough & Anna O’Sullivan Behind the Canvas Amy Cutler, Eamon Colman & Blaise

Behind the Canvas

Amy Cutler, Eamon Colman & Blaise Smith

Chaired by Anna O’Sullivan

MON

12

5PM

PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE BUT TICKETED

MON 12 5PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE BUT TICKETED PHOTO WITOLD RIEDEL The Butler Gallery’s eagerly
MON 12 5PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE BUT TICKETED PHOTO WITOLD RIEDEL The Butler Gallery’s eagerly
PHOTO WITOLD RIEDEL
PHOTO WITOLD RIEDEL

The Butler Gallery’s eagerly awaited new premises at Evans’ Home will open next year, complete with four permanent collection galleries, a large contemporary art gallery, an education and learning centre and a media centre. As building work continues apace, Evelyn Graham, Project Liaison Architect at Kilkenny County Council; Gerry Kearns, Professor of Human Geography at NUI Maynooth; architect Niall McCullough and Butler Gallery Director Anna O’Sullivan trace the evolution of the project so far, exploring the concept behind McCullough Mulvin’s acclaimed design, and the challenges of combining a restoration project with a state-of-the-art new space.

Duration 60 mins approx.

SUN

11

2PM

PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE BUT TICKETED

SUN 11 2PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE BUT TICKETED Some of the artists featured in this
SUN 11 2PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE BUT TICKETED Some of the artists featured in this

Some of the artists featured in this year’s Festival have radically different approaches to their work. While Blaise Smith’s extraordinarily detailed portraits are painted from close observation, Eamon Colman’s abstract works are inspired by epic walks through the Irish landscape and Amy Cutler draws inspiration from a mixture of memory, imagination and current events. In this fascinating talk all three artists share thoughts on their own artistic process in the company of Butler Gallery Director Anna O’Sullivan.

Duration 60 mins approx.

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32 SPOKEN WORD Pictures at an Exhibition The Creative Dialogue Between Hartmann and Mussorgsky Gerry Murphy

Pictures at an Exhibition

The Creative Dialogue Between Hartmann and Mussorgsky

Gerry Murphy

Inspired by a posthumous exhibition of his friend Viktor Hartmann’s work, Pictures at an Exhibition takes the listener on a musical tour of the show, with each piece representing one of Hartmann’s paintings. Ahead of Alexander Gavrylyuk’s eagerly awaited performance in St Canice’s, composer and music teacher Gerry Murphy explores the visual inspiration behind Mussorgsky’s most celebrated work.

Duration 80 mins approx.

SAT

10

11AM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION €12/€10

Clara Schumann: Her Life & Music

Ian Fox

A talented pianist and a celebrated composer, Clara Schumann lived a life packed with drama. A child prodigy, she became the first pianist to perform from memory, earned most of the Schumann family’s income, and stood at the centre of a tempestuous love triangle between her husband Robert Schumann and Brahms.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, Ian Fox explores the life and work of the woman who tragically renounced composition at the age of 36.

Duration 60 mins approx.

MON

12

11AM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION €12/€10

mins approx. MON 12 11AM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION €12/€10 PHOTO MIGUEL RUIZ Niamh Boyce SPOKEN WORD
PHOTO MIGUEL RUIZ
PHOTO MIGUEL RUIZ

Niamh Boyce

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In 1324, Kilkenny heiress Alice Kyteler was accused of witchcraft by the Bishop of Ossory and her maidservant Petronelle was burned at the stake. Nothing is known of Petronelle bar her name, but in Her Kind bestselling author Niamh Boyce reimagines the story from the point of view of Petronelle and her daughter Basilia. Both lyrical and unflinching, Her Kind is a ‘shout through time’ (Nuala O’Connor), a rich and involving story of ambition, loss, misogyny and family love that gives voice to two of the silenced women in Kilkenny – and Ireland’s – past. In this fascinating talk – taking place, appropriately, in one of Kilkenny’s iconic medieval spaces – Boyce reads from her acclaimed novel and explores what inspired her to write about the Kilkenny Witch Trials.

Duration 60 mins approx.

SAT

17

11AM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION €12/€10

Boyce’s writing … is always a pleasure to read … her prose strikes a perfect balance between the gritty and the sublime

The Irish Times

RHYME RAG IN COLLABORATION WITH LAUREATE NA nÓG PRESENTS

We Are The Poets

Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan is on a mission to encourage teenagers to express themselves through poetry. Her project We Are The Poets inspires young people to perform with more confidence and helps them to connect them to a wider audience. For this special Festival edition of We Are The Poets, featuring MC John Cummins and guest poet Moley, Kilkenny’s Rhyme Rag Collective performs work created during a masterclass for young writers.

John Cummins has been writing for over 20 years and performing since early 2010. He was Leinster Poetry Slam Champion for three years running and the 2013/2014 All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion. He is currently poet in residence at Bohemians Football Club.

Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council. It is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Poetry Ireland and is managed by Children’s Books Ireland. The honour was established by the Arts Council to engage young people with high-quality literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative lives.

WED

14

2PM

PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE BUT TICKETED

of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative lives. WED 14 2PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE

PHOTO MURDO MACLEOD

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Mícheál ‘Moley’ Ó Súilleabháin

Whether singing sean nós or Gregorian chant, singer, poet, rapper, actor and human beatboxer Mícheál ‘Moley’ Ó Súilleabháin is a spellbinding performer. For this special event Ó Súilleabháin performs original compositions from his debut poetry collection, forthcoming from Many Rivers Press.

Moley also takes part in We Are the Poets. See page 33 for details.

Duration 60 mins approx.

Poets . See page 33 for details. Duration 60 mins approx. THU 15 1PM PARADE TOWER

THU

15

1PM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION €12/€10

from the get- go, Paterson’s poetry has been essential reading

The Guardian

Don Paterson UK

POET IN RESIDENCE

Introduced by Maureen Kennelly

Since his first collection, Nil Nil, won the Forward Prize in 1993, Don Paterson has been hailed as one of the most exciting voices in British poetry. Over seven collections – including Landing Light and 40 Sonnets – his exuberant mix of the quotidian, the surreal and the mystical has earned him countless accolades, including the TS Eliot Prize (twice), the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. A talented jazz musician and composer, a brilliantly insightful critic, and – as Poetry Editor for Picador – a long-standing champion of new voices, Paterson’s talents are astonishingly diverse, and we’re delighted to welcome him back to Kilkenny to read from his work, and to reflect on the state of poetry, in all its forms, today.

Duration 60 mins approx.

SAT

17

5PM

PARADE TOWER

ADMISSION €14/€12

mins approx. SAT 17 5PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION €14/€12 Poetry Workshop Don Paterson leads this workshop

Poetry Workshop

Don Paterson leads this workshop for poets. Participation is by application. Email info@poetryireland.ie for further details.

Please note: places are strictly limited.

SAT

17

11AM

ATTENDANCE BY

APPLICATION

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

Join us at the Parade Tower to celebrate the publication of Kilkenny Arts Office’s Poetry Broadsheet 19, launched this year by Don Paterson and Jean O’Brien. The Broadsheet gives local writers a platform to showcase their work. This year’s editor is Dublin-based writer and poet, Jean O’Brien. She has published five collections of poetry, the latest of which, New & Selected Fish on a Bicycle, was reprinted by Salmon Publishing in 2018. She was the 2017/18 recipient of the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship and has won many awards for her poetry.

Kavanagh Fellowship and has won many awards for her poetry. FRI 16 4PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION

FRI

16

4PM

PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE (TICKETED)

poetry. FRI 16 4PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE (TICKETED) Dracula with live score Musicians Eivind Aarset
poetry. FRI 16 4PM PARADE TOWER ADMISSION FREE (TICKETED) Dracula with live score Musicians Eivind Aarset

Dracula

with live score

Musicians Eivind Aarset electric guitar Seán Mac Erlaine reeds/electronics/prepared piano Matthew Nolan electric guitar/synth Sharon Phelan vocals

As darkness falls on a summer evening, why not cool down with this spine-chilling screening of Dracula? Released in 1931, and starring the legendary Bela Lugosi as the thirsty count, Tod Browning’s version of the horror classic is one of the last great films of the silent era.

This special screening features a bone-tingling live score composed and performed by Seán Mac Erlaine, ‘one of the most interesting and adventurous musicians of his generation’ (The Irish Times), who leads a quartet of outstanding musicians, including guitarists Eivind Aarset and Matthew Nolan, and acclaimed singer Sharon Phelan. Filled with haunting vocals and nerve-shredding guitar riffs, this thrilling live show is guaranteed to cool the blood on a warm August night.

Duration 75 mins approx.

Local Films for Local People:

Kilkenny

Kaleidoscope

approx. Local Films for Local People: Kilkenny Kaleidoscope The Irish Film Institute’s Local Films For Local

The Irish Film Institute’s Local Films For Local People brings county-specific programmes of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive out of the vaults and back to the communities from whence they came. The first of two Kilkenny-themed programmes offers glimpses of life in the city through the ages, from Countess Markievicz at a 1917 political rally to the restoration of the castle by the OPW. The second programme focuses on hurling, including a screening of the much-loved comedy Rooney, about a Dublin dustbin man who finds himself lining up for Kilkenny at the 1957 final.

IFI is supported by the Arts Council

MUSIC & FILM

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SAT

17

8PM

WATERGATE THEATRE

ADMISSION €15

KILKENNY KALEIDOSCOPE:

PROGRAMME 1

Political Rally Kilkenny 5 mins / B&W / c.1917 Kilkenny 685

20 mins / B&W / 1966

The Restoration

of Kilkenny Castle

30 mins / Colour / 1995

KILKENNY KALEIDOSCOPE:

PROGRAMME 2 GAA Hurling Final 1957

10 mins / B&W / 1957

Rooney

85 mins / B&W / 1958 /

George Pollock

THU

15

4.30PM &

6.30PM

WATERGATE THEATRE PROGRAMME 1: 4.30PM PROGRAMME 2: 6.30PM ADMISSION €7 PER PROGRAMME, €10 FOR BOTH

& 6.30PM WATERGATE THEATRE PROGRAMME 1: 4.30PM PROGRAMME 2: 6.30PM ADMISSION €7 PER PROGRAMME, €10 FOR

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VISUAL ART

36 VISUAL ART Amy Cutler You Were Always On My Mind , 2013 Gouache on paper

Amy Cutler You Were Always On My Mind, 2013 Gouache on paper 22-1/8 x 23 inches; 56.2 x 58.4 cm © Amy Cutler, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, Heather Podesta Collection

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BUTLER GALLERY IN ASSOCIATION WITH KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL

Amy Cutler: Colloquies

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present the first exhibition in Ireland by the New York-based artist Amy Cutler.

Cutler’s paintings and pencil on paper works are both dark and delightful – whimsical allegories illustrating the destructive effects of the unrealistic expectations that cultures impose on women. Cutler draws from a combination of her own memories and life experiences and current events to convey the complexities and cultural subtexts associated with womanhood. The rituals Cutler illustrates and the allusive narrative world she creates between her archetypal characters become a fascinating conversation full of intrigue that reveals the interior and exterior life of women.

Amy Cutler has exhibited extensively internationally including shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Works by the artist are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, and those of many other distinguished institutions and private individuals.

Funding support provided by Creative Ireland and the Kilkenny County Council.

Amy Cutler will take part in an artists’ discussion with Eamon Colman and Blaise Smith in the Parade Tower on Monday 12 August at 5pm. See page 31 for details.

BUTLER

on Monday 12 August at 5pm. See page 31 for details. BUTLER GALLE RY OPENING SAT

GALLE RY

OPENING

SAT

10

3PM-5PM

BUTLER GALLERY, THE CASTLE, KILKENNY +353 56 776 1106 WWW.BUTLERGALLERY.COM 10AM – 5.30PM DAILY UNTIL 6 OCTOBER

3PM-5PM BUTLER GALLERY, THE CASTLE, KILKENNY +353 56 776 1106 WWW.BUTLERGALLERY.COM 10AM – 5.30PM DAILY UNTIL

PHOTO KATE BOWE O’BRIEN

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VISUAL ART

The Encounter That Never Was

Double Vision

Eamon Colman & Blaise Smith

This exhibition brings together two radically different Kilkenny-based artists for a double ‘portrait’ of the county. While Blaise Smith’s creates portraits and landscapes that record everyday life with breathtaking precision, Eamon Colman blends the figurative and the abstract, capturing shifting weather patterns and the experience of walking the terrain. For this brand-new project, both artists have spent time painting ‘landscapes’ in and around Kilkenny. The result is a fascinating exhibition that offers two startlingly fresh visions of the city, and the county, as seen through the eyes of two of Ireland’s most respected artists.

Drop into Rothe House in the afternoon on Friday 16 August to see Blaise Smith painting en plein air.

Kilkenny Arts Office is pleased to present The Encounter That Never Was, a group exhibition which explores how we interpret and inhabit space through a series of subtle sculptural interventions. Drawing on architectural language and materiality the exhibition interrogates how we encounter and understand our surroundings.

Eamon Colman and Blaise Smith will take part in an artists’ discussion with Amy Cutler in the Parade Tower on Monday 12 August at 5pm. See page 31 for details.

This is the third in a series of exhibitions by curator in residence Leah Corbett in the Kilkenny Arts Office Gallery.

This programme is funded by Kilkenny County Council Arts Office, Creative Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

OPENING

SAT

10

1PM

5 DEAN STREET, KILKENNY EXHIBITION DATES: 9 AUGUST - 7 SEPTEMBER 2019 OPENING HOURS 9 - 18 AUGUST: 10.30AM-5.30PM

7 SEPTEMBER 2019 OPENING HOURS 9 - 18 AUGUST: 10.30AM-5.30PM OPENING FRI 9 5PM 10 –
7 SEPTEMBER 2019 OPENING HOURS 9 - 18 AUGUST: 10.30AM-5.30PM OPENING FRI 9 5PM 10 –

OPENING

FRI

9

5PM

10 – 18 AUGUST DORE’S OLD FACTORY MON-SUN 10.30AM-5.30PM

PHOTO ANTHONY HOBBS
PHOTO ANTHONY HOBBS

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Eamon Colman lets his feelings run wild with his landscapes – his work is a kind of revelation

Sunday Times

Eamon Colman On Slievenamon lies a warrior queen, 2019 Oil and mixed media on acid-free paper, framed under perspex H. 60 cm x W. 56 cm (unframed size)

as a figurative artist, Blaise Smith is … in a class of his own

Sunday Times

Blaise Smith Noel’s Back Field, 2018 Oil on canvas 25 cm x 35 cm

Smith is … in a class of his own Sunday Times Blaise Smith Noel’s Back Field

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40 DESIGN IMAGES FROM DAITHI MAGNER, CAOIMHE MCGUCKIN, JOE CASLIN, JOHN RAINEY CURATED BY Fiona Mulholland
40 DESIGN IMAGES FROM DAITHI MAGNER, CAOIMHE MCGUCKIN, JOE CASLIN, JOHN RAINEY CURATED BY Fiona Mulholland
40 DESIGN IMAGES FROM DAITHI MAGNER, CAOIMHE MCGUCKIN, JOE CASLIN, JOHN RAINEY CURATED BY Fiona Mulholland
40 DESIGN IMAGES FROM DAITHI MAGNER, CAOIMHE MCGUCKIN, JOE CASLIN, JOHN RAINEY CURATED BY Fiona Mulholland

IMAGES FROM DAITHI MAGNER, CAOIMHE MCGUCKIN, JOE CASLIN, JOHN RAINEY

CURATED BY

Fiona Mulholland

This thought-provoking exhibition represents the ‘emotional geography’ of the makers, generating a fascinating visual interplay between authentic storytelling and artistic expression, with a sense of playfulness and infectious imagination. A common thread throughout is the artists’ preoccupation with making the invisible visible, and a fundamental interest in traditional processes and materials.

From amputated limb jewellery by Hazel Kenny to wearable measurement systems of Caoimhe McGuckin; ‘voluptuously illustrated’ silk scarfs by Pony Ltd., to Rorschach inkblot textiles of Brigitta Varadi; derelict angel houses constructed using found materials by Daithi Magner, to artefacts that suggest new ways of representing the self of Max Brosi and John Rainey, Crowded Thresholds is an intriguing group exhibition of established and emerging practitioners, working across different disciplines in applied art, design and visual art. As part of the exhibition, renowned illustrator Joe Caslin is producing a new installation reflecting creativity in Kilkenny, which will be installed in a prominent location within the city centre.

EXHIBITORS Max Brosi Joe Caslin Julie Connellan Hazel Kenny Daithi Magner Paul McClure Caoimhe McGuckin John Rainey Niall Sweeney @ Pony Ltd. Brigitta Varadi

Crowded Thresholds explores effects of the subconscious in the creation and response to objects of material culture. Reflecting on what Freud termed ‘The Uncanny’, the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, the curator is interested in how psychoanalytic concepts overlap with the creative process. Bringing together a disparate set of influences from popular culture to the avant-garde; surrealism to realism; social cultural issues to the body at a microscopic level, the exhibition ultimately embraces our humanity.

OPENING

SAT

10

1PM-4PM

10 AUGUST – 10 NOVEMBER 2019 NATIONAL DESIGN & CRAFT GALLERY, CASTLE YARD MON-SAT 10AM-5.30PM, SUN 11AM-5.30PM

GALLERY, CASTLE YARD MON-SAT 10AM-5.30PM, SUN 11AM-5.30PM DESIGN 4 1 Talks + Workshops at National Design
GALLERY, CASTLE YARD MON-SAT 10AM-5.30PM, SUN 11AM-5.30PM DESIGN 4 1 Talks + Workshops at National Design

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Talks + Workshops at National Design & Craft Gallery

FRI 9 AUG, 2PM – 5PM

Line + Narrative (16+) €25*

Masterclass in illustration techniques with Joe Caslin.

SAT 10 + SUN 11 AUG, Drop-in 11AM – 4PM

Creative Construction in the Secret Garden (14+)

A collaborative build using found materials and DIY architecture, inspired by Daithi Magner’s sculpture, with Sandra McAlister.

SUN 11 – SUN 18 AUG, 11AM – 4PM

Secret Garden Reflective Creative Space

Drop in to our peaceful secret garden retreat to relax, contemplate or make.

SAT 10 AUG, 1PM

Crowded Thresholds Curator’s Tour

Join curator Fiona Mulholland with exhibiting makers as they expand on the narratives in the show, discussing personal and creative investments within making processes.

SAT 10 AUG, 1PM – 4PM

Crowded Thresholds Launch

Exhibition launch with Crafted Cocktails from Pembroke Kilkenny.

SUN 11 AUG, 12 NOON

Movement + Mindfulness (14+)*

Flow yoga in the Castle Yard with Essie Millie.

TUES 13 - THUR 15 AUG, 2PM, 3PM & 4PM Children’s Craft Workshops, 1 workshop/child (6-13yrs)*

Impressive Illustrations with Caroline Schofield

Textured Textiles with Sandra Mc Allister

Clay Creatures with Brid Lyons

SAT 17 AUG, 11AM – 1PM

Visible // Invisible (16+)* €10

Relax and reflect in this mindful drawing session, with Caroline Schofield.

* Booking required - for more info & to book workshops visit http://ndcg.eventbrite.com

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FAMILY

42 FAMILY A Creative Space for Children The partnership between Barnstorm and Kilkenny Arts Festival continues

A Creative Space for Children

The partnership between Barnstorm and Kilkenny Arts Festival continues in 2019 with StormFest – a family season of a theatre and storytelling programme in the New Space @ CBS Secondary School, James Street, Kilkenny.

‘We believe passionately that an audience of children has the same right to the highest standards of production as does an adult audience,’ says Barnstorm’s Artistic Director Philip Hardy, ‘and the shows coming to StormFest this year exemplify this quality.’

We acknowledge with gratitude the support of Creative Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.
We acknowledge with
gratitude the support of
Creative Ireland and the
Arts Council of Ireland.
of Creative Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland. TEATER PATRASKET DENMARK Fly Fly is a

TEATER PATRASKET DENMARK

Fly

Fly is a puppet theatre show for 5-to-10-year-olds and adults –

a poetic journey into a circus world of strange characters, big emotions and captivating puppet imagery.

Arthur and Marta are two very old puppeteers who have been together throughout their lives. With a magical pavilion as a focal point, they play out the story of the poor orphan boy Max, who

is being bullied and oppressed and is longing to fly. One day he

discovers the giraffe woman Lily, and the great love that might give him wings…

Teater Patrasket is a well-known travelling theatre from Copenhagen that tours throughout Denmark and abroad. The performance is created in collaboration with the director Giacomo Ravicchio and draws inspiration from melodrama, freak show and circus romance.

Duration 40 mins approx.

SAT

10

12PM & 3PM

SUN

11

12PM & 3PM

THE SPACE, CBS SECONDARY SCHOOL, JAMES STREET, KILKENNY ADMISSION €10 (€35 FOR FAMILY OF 4)

PHOTO LEWIS WILEMAN
PHOTO LEWIS WILEMAN

M6 THEATRE COMPANY UK

Little Gift

An old soul lives alone. He likes it that way. It’s quieter and safer. One day, a surprise visitor plants a little seed of hope and turns this lonely life upside down.

Told by a very special performer, with a playful mix of puppetry, original music and song, Little Gift is a brand-new tale from multi-award-winners M6 Theatre and Andy Manley. Join us for a beautiful and optimistic story about a friendship waiting to grow.

Suitable for children (3-7 years) and their families.

Duration 40 mins approx.

FRI

16

12PM & 3PM

SAT

17

12PM & 3PM

THE SPACE, CBS SECONDARY SCHOOL, JAMES STREET, KILKENNY ADMISSION €10 (€35 FOR FAMILY OF 4)

STREET, KILKENNY ADMISSION €10 (€35 FOR FAMILY OF 4) Pop-Up Storytelling StormFest and Kilkenny Arts Festival

Pop-Up

Storytelling

StormFest and Kilkenny Arts Festival are delighted to again collaborate in presenting a series of storytelling events which include telling for children and adults, and a unique storytelling workshop for all budding tellers in the region.

Times and venues to be revealed. See barnstorm.ie for details. Admission €7.

be revealed. See barnstorm.ie for details. Admission €7. a thing of beauty FAMILY 43 The Irish
a thing of beauty FAMILY 43 The Irish Times on I Am a Little Boat
a thing of beauty
FAMILY
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The Irish Times on I Am a Little Boat
I am a Little Boat

Join traditional musicians Fiona Kelleher and Jim Murray for this enchanting concert for young children (aged 0 to 5) and their parents. Drawing on her roots in traditional music, singer and composer Fiona Kelleher has written a delightful collection of gentle, soothing songs, specially designed to enchant young children. Packed with gorgeous melodies and simple lyrics, I am a Little

Boat is the perfect introduction to the world of music.

SUN

11

ORMONDE HOTEL

ADMISSION €7

Duration 60 mins approx.

11AM & 2PM

Tiny Dancer Lace up your dancing shoes and grab those glowsticks: it’s time for the
Tiny Dancer
Lace up your dancing shoes and grab those
glowsticks: it’s time for the kids to throw some
shapes and bust out their best moves as DJ Donal
Dineen hits the decks for a musical rollercoaster
ride. Expect dance tunes from every corner of the
globe. Kids just wanna have fun!
Duration 60 mins approx.
Under 1s go free but if you’re
dancing you need a ticket!
SUN
18
ORMONDE HOTEL
ADMISSION
€7 ADULT/ €5 CHILD
11AM & 2PM

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OUTDOOR

PERFORMANCE

OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE

Secret Garden Music

Now in its sixth year, Secret Garden Music is one of the Festival’s most popular series. Every day throughout the Festival, a range of artists offer pop-up performances in some of Kilkenny’s loveliest spaces. This year we’ve expanded the programme both within the city and beyond, adding a special Crash Ensemble performance at Rothe House Courtyard (with Blaise Smith painting nearby) and an extended session at Mount Juliet. Wherever you find yourself, why not come along to find out who’s playing and enjoy free performances from leading Irish and international musicians?

Duration 15 mins approx.

Performances are subject to weather conditions.

mins approx. Performances are subject to weather conditions. SAT TUE 10 13 1.30PM 12PM THU 15

SAT

TUE

10 13

1.30PM

12PM

THU

15

12PM

SUN

18

12PM

CASTLE PARK

ADMISSION FREE

12PM THU 15 12PM SUN 18 12PM CASTLE PARK ADMISSION FREE FRI 16 1.30PM Crash at

FRI

16

1.30PM

Crash at the Courtyard For details of Crash Ensemble’s concerts in Rothe House see page 20.

ROTHE HOUSE COURTYARD ADMISSION FREE

House see page 20. ROTHE HOUSE COURTYARD ADMISSION FREE MON 12 1.30PM FRI 16 12PM HERITAGE

MON

12

1.30PM

FRI

16

12PM

HERITAGE COUNCIL GARDEN ADMISSION FREE

1.30PM FRI 16 12PM HERITAGE COUNCIL GARDEN ADMISSION FREE SAT 10 12PM MON 12 12PM WED

SAT

10

12PM

MON

12

12PM

WED

14

12PM

GAZEBO BUTLER HOUSE GARDEN ADMISSION FREE

12PM WED 14 12PM GAZEBO BUTLER HOUSE GARDEN ADMISSION FREE SUN TUE 11 13 1.30PM 1.30PM

SUN

TUE

11 13

1.30PM

1.30PM

SAT

17

12PM

ROTHE HOUSE GARDEN ADMISSION FREE

1.30PM SAT 17 12PM ROTHE HOUSE GARDEN ADMISSION FREE SUN 11 12PM THU 15 1.30PM SAT

SUN

11

12PM

THU

15

1.30PM

SAT

17

1.30PM

STONE CIRCLE BUTLER HOUSE GARDEN ADMISSION FREE

17 1.30PM STONE CIRCLE BUTLER HOUSE GARDEN ADMISSION FREE WED 14 1.30PM MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE

WED

14

1.30PM

MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE SPECIAL EXTENDED SGM

45 Image courtesy of the National Library of Ireland
45
Image courtesy of the National Library of Ireland
WED 14 1.30PM MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE SPECIAL EXTENDED SGM 45 Image courtesy of the National
WED 14 1.30PM MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE SPECIAL EXTENDED SGM 45 Image courtesy of the National
WED 14 1.30PM MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE SPECIAL EXTENDED SGM 45 Image courtesy of the National
WED 14 1.30PM MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE SPECIAL EXTENDED SGM 45 Image courtesy of the National
WED 14 1.30PM MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE SPECIAL EXTENDED SGM 45 Image courtesy of the National
WED 14 1.30PM MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE SPECIAL EXTENDED SGM 45 Image courtesy of the National
WED 14 1.30PM MOUNT JULIET ADMISSION FREE SPECIAL EXTENDED SGM 45 Image courtesy of the National

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TO

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10
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11
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18

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19
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22
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27
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28
Statham’s
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29
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32
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16
Harper’s Restaurant
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17
Langton’s Restaurant
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25
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33
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36
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40
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- Hair & Beauty
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50

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10 High Street
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42
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47
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STATION
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Rinuccini
Kilkenny
Design Centre
46 10
28
39
Butler
Court
BUTLER
HOUSE
NATIONAL
GARDEN

KILKENNY CASTLE

ROSE GARDEN

Rive Gauche

51
51

Textures

Kilkenny Castle

BUTLER

GALLERY

PARADE TOWER

Anocht Restaurant

27
27
Hibernian 34 Bar 16 The 52 Wardrobe Folkster 42 31 Zuni
Hibernian
34
Bar
16
The
52
Wardrobe
Folkster
42
31
Zuni

Victors at The Club House

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of Callan
To Callan
COLLEGE ROAD
6
6

To Mount

Juliet Estate

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WATERFORD RD
Butler House
Tea Rooms
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Hoban Hotel
44
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52 Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019 Schedule

53

Thursday 8 Friday 9 Saturday 10 Sunday 11 Monday 12 Tuesday 13 Wednesday 14 Thursday
Thursday 8
Friday 9
Saturday 10
Sunday 11
Monday 12
Tuesday 13
Wednesday 14
Thursday 15
Friday 16
Saturday 17
Sunday 18
St Kieran’s
College Quad
Much Ado About Nothing
(preview) 8pm, p.4
Much Ado About Nothing
8pm, p.4
Much Ado About Nothing
8pm, p.4
Much Ado About Nothing
3.30pm, p.4
Much Ado About Nothing
8pm, p.4
Much Ado About Nothing
8pm, p.4
Much Ado About Nothing
8pm, p.4
Much Ado About Nothing
8pm, p.4
Much Ado About Nothing
3:30pm & 8pm, p.4
St Canice’s
fLux
Alexander Gavrylyuk
Hubert Butler Lecture:
Cathedral
9.30pm, p.16
7.30pm, p.10
Fergal Keane
MCS: Martin Hayes Quartet
7.30pm, p.25
5.30pm, p.30
Natalie Stutzmann
& Phoenix 55
7.30pm, p.11
ICO / Zehetmair
7.30pm, p.12
Malcolm Proud Organ Recital
11am, p.14
MCS: Martin Hayes
& Dennis Cahill & guests
8pm, p.27
Black Abbey
ICO / Hunka
4pm, p.13
Musici Ireland I
3.30pm, p.13
Quatuor Mosaïques
Quatuor Mosaïques
Quatuor Mosaïques
3.30pm, p.15
3.30pm, p.15
3.30pm, p.15
Chamber Choir Ireland
3.30pm, p.15
Musici Ireland II
3.30pm, p.13
St John’s Priory
Rafter / McHale
3.30pm, p.14
Fionnuala Moynihan
3.30pm, p.14
Watergate
Cleft
Cleft
Cleft
Cleft
Theatre
7.30pm, p.8
7:30pm, p.8
7:30pm, p.8
3pm, p.8
The Soldier’s Tale
7.30pm, p.9
The Soldier’s Tale
7.30pm, p.9
IFI Kilkenny Kaleidoscope
4.30pm & 6.30pm, p.35
Sandy Silva
Dracula
6pm, p.21
8pm, p.35
Set Theatre
Rollercoaster:
Balaklava Blues
Sick Love / The Wha
8pm, p.22
9.30pm, p.18
Rollercoaster: David Keenan
9.30pm, p.23
MCS: Ní Dhomnaills /
Mulcahys
9pm, p.25
MCS: Richard Thompson
9.30pm, p.26
MCS: Sounds Like Freedom
10pm, p.27
Carlou D
Wooden Elephant
10pm, p.19
10pm, p.19
Cleere’s Theatre
Rat King
Rollercoaster:
Rollercoaster:
Sun Collective
Rollercoaster: Arborist
Rollercoaster:
5pm, p.29
Cathal Coughlan 1
8pm, p.22
Cathal Coughlan 2
9pm, p.22
9pm, p.18
8pm, p.24
Seamus Fogarty
8pm, p.24
Parade Tower
Pictures at an Exhibition
11am, p.32
Over the Backyard Wall
11am, p.28
Clara Schumann:
The Big Chapel:
We Are the Poets
2pm, p.33
Mícheál ‘Moley’
Ó Súilleabháin
Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet
4pm, p.34
Niamh Boyce
Her Life and Music
11am, p.32
In Conversation
11am, p.33
Quiet Music Ensemble
2pm, p.21
11am, p.28
1pm, p.34
Transforming
Heroic Failure
Evans’ Home
2pm, p.29
2pm, p.31
Behind the Surface
5pm, p.31
Famished
5pm, p.20
Don Paterson
5pm, p.34
Callan
The Big Chapel (Preview)
9pm, p.6
The Big Chapel
9pm, p.6
The Big Chapel
9pm, p.6
The Big Chapel
9pm, p.6
The Big Chapel
9pm, p.6
The Big Chapel
9pm, p.6
The Big Chapel
9pm, p.6
Kilkenny Castle -
Rose Garden
Light Up the Castle
10.40pm, p.17
Light Up the Castle
10.40pm, p.17
Light Up the Castle
10.40pm, p.17
Light Up the Castle
10:40pm, p.17
Butler Gallery
Amy Cutler Opening
3pm, p.36
Colloquies
Colloquies
Colloquies
Colloquies
Colloquies
Colloquies
Colloquies
Colloquies
10am-5.30pm, p.36
10am-5.30pm, p.36
10am-5.30pm, p.36
10am-5.30pm, p.36
10am-5.30pm, p.36
10am-5.30pm, p.36
10am-5.30pm, p.36
10am-5.30pm, p.36
National Design
& Craft Gallery
Crowded Thresholds Opening
1pm, p.40
Crowded Thresholds
Crowded Thresholds
Crowded Thresholds
Crowded Thresholds
Crowded Thresholds
Crowded Thresholds
Crowded Thresholds
Crowded Thresholds
11am-5.30pm, p.40
10am-5.30pm, p.40
10am-5.30pm, p.40
10am-5.30pm, p.40
10am-5.30pm, p.40
10am-5.30pm, p.40
10am-5.30pm, p.40
11am-5.30pm, p.40
Dore’s Old Factory
Double Vision Opening
Double Vision
Double Vision
Double Vision
Double Vision
Double Vision
Double Vision
Double Vision
Double Vision
Double Vision
5pm
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
Kilkenny Arts
Office Gallery
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm
(Opening 1pm) , p.38
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
The Encounter
That Never Was
5 Dean St, Kilkenny
10.30am-5.30pm, p.38
Other Venues
Fly
CBS Secondary School
12pm & 3pm, p.42
I Am a Little Boat
Ormonde Hotel
11am & 2pm, p.43
Notions
Macra Na Feirme Hall, Callan
12pm-5pm, p.28
Notions
Macra Na Feirme Hall, Callan
12pm-5pm, p.28
Notions
Macra Na Feirme Hall, Callan
12pm-5pm, p.28
Notions
Macra Na Feirme Hall, Callan
12pm-5pm, p.28
Notions
Macra Na Feirme Hall, Callan
12pm-5pm, p.28