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The Kilkenny Arts Festival was originally founded by a group of classical music enthusiasts. In recent years the festival has broadened its programming remit and now programmes the following art forms; Theatre & Dance, Classical Music, Music, Street, Literature, Visual Art and Craft. Underpinning the presentation of events is the commitment to bring work to Kilkenny that would not be seen outside the festival context, and a desire to commission and produce new work from Ireland and abroad. The Kilkenny Arts Festival is committed to the presentation of a unique, distinctive and inspiring programme in a range of artistic disciplines to as wide an audience as possible. Every year, for 10 days in August, Kilkenny comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment for all. The city’s oldest and largest non-profit festival now draws more than 40,000 visitors annually who come and partake in all that Kilkenny has to offer. Kilkenny Arts Festival celebrated its 50th festival in 2023. So come to Kilkenny, be part of the festival and experience a world of artistic magic in Irelands medieval city.

Kilkenny Arts Festival TEAM

Marketing and Development Manager Pat Carey
Festival Producer Marjie Kaley
Festival Director Olga Barry
Festival Administrator Valerie Ryan
Box Office Manager Celine Reilly
Production Manager Aidan Wallace



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