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Whats on in Kilkenny 2014

06.08.2014


2014 Festivals

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2014 Festivals

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2nd to 5th May - 17th Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival
1st to 31st May - Bealtaine Festival
29th May to 2nd June - Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
13th June to 15th June - 3rd Kilkenny International Gospel Choir Festival
3rd to 4th August - Graignamanagh / Tinnahinch Regatta & Rowing Festival
8th to 17th August - 41st Kilkenny Arts Festival
8th to 11th October - Kilkenny Fashion Week
23rd to 27th October - Savour Kilkenny Food Festival
More to be added soon

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This Week's Musical / Theatre / Events

  • Food and Craft Events in Kilkenny City and County over the next few months, visitkilkenny.ie
  • Meet 2 of the stars from Home & Away - Friday 3rd January - MacDonagh Junction - 3pm - April and Kyle will be in MacDonagh Junction from 3pm where you can get your photo taken with them and printed for €10, facebook.com/photo
  • Open-Mic Comedy Night - Friday 3rd January - Brewery Corner, Parliment St - 8pm, €15 - Would you like to support David McSavage when he plays the Watergate on the 18th January - the winner of the open-mic night will!, facebook.com/photo
  • JPR Productions present the pantomime 'Cinderella' - Friday 3rd & Sunday 5th January - Set Theatre, John Street - 3pm & 8pm, €10 - Fun for all the family, set.ie
  • Night Out in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team - Saturday 4th January - James Stephens Hurling Club - 9pm, €5 - Raffle on the night with great prizes including door prize of €100 meat voucher for local butchers. Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team provide comfort and support to very ill people and their families, who wish to be nursed at home, facebook.com/photo
  • Once in a Lifetime Wedding Sale - Sunday 5th January - Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road - 2pm to 6pm - All exhibitors on the day will be offering amazing discounts. Whether you're looking for the perfect dress, suit, DJ, band, photographer and much more, the Springhill Court Hotel will have everything you need for your Fairytale Wedding, springhillcourt.com
  • Watergate Productions present the pantomime 'Tarzan' - Sunday 5th to Sunday 12th January - Watergate Theatre, Parliment Street - 3pm & 8pm, €16/12 - see Watergate Theatre section below for more information

 

Set Theatre Kilkenny

St Canices Cathedral

Set Theatre in Kilkenny

St  Canice's Cathedral

Kilkenny Castle Events

 

Watergate Theatre (on Parliment St) - Upcoming Shows

  • Watergate Productions present the Pantomime 'Tarzan' - Sunday 5th to Sunday 12th January - 3pm, €16/12 - Since the opening of the Watergate in 1993, the annual Panto’  continues to appeal to a great cross section of the community. Interestingly enough as was the case with the first production in 1980 proceeds from the show goes to the upkeep of the Watergate. This year’s production is written and directed by Don O Connor and his choice of Tarzan is sure to bring an extra touch of excitement to the stage. As has been the case for the last number of years Jesters Stage academy will make a guest appearance this year and proving for many as one of the highlights of the show, watergatetheatre.com

 

Events for Kids

 


Gig in Ryan's Bar Kilkenny  

By night Kilkenny comes alive as visitors and locals alike enjoy the city's vibrant cultural and entertainment life. The city offers an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan designer bars, and traditional old style hostelries. What better way to spend an evening than enjoying a meal in one of the many restaurants throughout Kilkenny? Live music and theatre takes place throughout the week, so whether your taste is for dance music, poetry, theatre or rock! - Kilkenny has something to offer you.

Weekly Gig Listings are courtesy of Edwina Grace at the Kilkenny People Newpaper.
If you want to publicise events or gigs you can contact Edwina at EdwinaGrace@hotmail.com

you can also follow daily updates via Twitter @kilkenny
or on our FaceBook page Kilkenny Tourism Facebook

Full listing of what's happening in Kilkenny in the week starting Monday 30th December 2013 until Sunday 5th January, 2014

Monday 30th December

Concert: Homestead High School Highlanders Marching Band (From Mequon-Thiensville, Wisconsin at Kilkenny Castle Grounds, 12.30pm, visitkilkenny.ie
Live Music: Matt's Irish, Ballad & Folk Session, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Irish Beats with Damien Walsh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Learn Set Dancing, Parish Hall in Urlingford, 8pm - 11pm
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Boys Night with B Movie followed by games (PS3, board games etc), Billy Byrnes, John St, 8.30pm
Live Music: Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Mellow Monday, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: The Briars & late bar, The Field, High St, 9:30pm
Live Music: Shane O'Dwyer, An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St
Live Music: Roisin Dubh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St
Live Music: After Dark followed by DJ Eddie Hughes, Matt The Millers, John St, 10pm

Tuesday 31st December - New Years Eve

Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: The Acousticats, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St
Live Music: Tomas Jackman, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St
Live Music: Seamus Nugent, The Village Inn, Patrick St
Concert: Kerbdog (support: Hey You Guys / Victimised), Set Theatre, John St, 9pm, €15, set.ie
Live Music: Him 'n' Her, Rafter Dempseys, Friary St
Live Music: Deep Down Detox, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 10pm
Live Music: Memphis Cat's, Club House Hotel, Patrick St, 10pm
Live Music: Ben Reel Band, Ryans, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Matt The Millers (DJ Eoin, 10pm) & Billy Byrne's (DJ Bootsy) & Dylan Whiskey Bar (DJ Vinny Nolan, 8pm) & Lanigans (DJ Keith OzBurn) & Morrisons (DJ Paul K) & City Bar & Grill (DJ Cleveland M) & Valley Inn in Woodsgift (DJ Fast Eddie) & Langton's Nightclub

Wednesday 1st January - Happy New Year!

34th Annual Wellie Race in Castlecomer, register from 10.30am, facebook.com/Castlecomer-Wellie-Race
Live Music: Tomas Jackman, Salmon Pool in Thomastown, 6pm - 8pm
Live Music: Traditional Folk and Ballad session, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Matt's Mad Trad Session, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Movie Night: Billy Byrne's, John St, 8.30pm, Free
Live Music: The Bandits, Valley Inn in Woodsgift
Live Music: The Huja's, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St

  • First Week of Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny - open from Thursday 31st July - access from Parliment Street - 10am to 6pm daily, €12/9.50/7 - Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny will be unveiled to visitors on Thursday, 31st July 2014.  This multi-sensory and interactive experience will take visitors on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing on the site of the St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the arrival of John Smithwick in the 1700’s, and right up to the present day.  Visitors will be fully immersed in the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest beer brand, the amazing heritage of the Smithwick’s family and its place in Kilkenny, a city steeped in history and brewing. The tour includes a life-size holographic monk and living portraits of the Smithwick’s family members.  During the tour, the Smithwick’s brewing process will be brought to life with visitors having the opportunity to experience the smells, tastes and textures of the raw materials involved in creating the perfect pint of ale. French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking visitors will be offered an audio guide to take them through the tour, which lasts approximately 70 minutes
  • Darts Exhibition by Adrian 'The Jackpot' Lewis - Wednesday 6th August - Langtons, John St - 8pm, €20/10 - Play against the 2 time World Darts Champion. In aid of stroke beds for St Lukes Hospital. VIP Tickets for €20 get you a meet and greet 1 hour before the event starts, with limited availability, facebook.com/events
  • Concert: Ceoltoiri Kilkenny (20+ talented musicians, singers & dancers) - Wednesday 6th August - Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle - 8.30pm to 10.30pm, €10/8/5 - see the Kilkenny Castle section below for more information
  • Pop Up Museum - Thursday 7th August - The Parade - 10am to 4pm - On every Thursday in August. The Kilkenny Pop-up Museum, co-funded by the Heritage Council, Kilkenny City and County Councils will be on during Kilkenny Arts Week and National Heritage Week. Explore the archaeology tent featuring artefacts, experts, theatre, excavation pit, animation artists and medieval food, visitkilkenny.ie

Kilkenny Pop Up Museum

  • 41st Kilkenny Arts Festival - Friday 8th to Sunday 17th August - at various venues across Kilkenny City - 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 45,000 visitors annually who come and partake in all that Kilkenny has to offer, visitkilkenny.ie
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets by The Heath Quartet - Friday 8th to Sunday 17th August - St John's Priory, John St -  1pm, €15/13 - The string quartets of Beethoven, spanning almost his entire composing life, are considered one of the greatest pinnacles of art. The late quartets, in particular, take us to frontiers that perhaps no other artist has crossed before or since. Audiences in Kilkenny this August will have an extremely rare opportunity to embark on this extraordinary musical journey throughout the ten days of the Festival in the historic, intimate Priory Church of St John, kilkennyarts.ie/the-heath-quartet
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Culture: Installation: Tinkling Chimes with Carrie Lynam - Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August - National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard - 2pm to 5pm - Make music in Castle Yard by creating a tinkling wind chime installation. Create an acoustically delightful string of assorted objects to add to a large collaborative wind chime and as it grows listen to it sing in the breeze. This family fun drop-in workshop will allow creativity to bloom. All ages welcome, kilkennyarts.ie/installation
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Theatre: Shakespeare Globe present Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" - Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th August - Castle Yard at Kilkenny Design - 7.30pm, €26/22.50 - Over the last two years, a production by Shakespeare’s Globe (UK) has become one of the must-see highlights of the festival programme. Performing on a recreated Elizabethan ‘Booth Stage’, the company has brought two acclaimed productions to Kilkenny and transformed the Castle Yard into the finest venue in the country for open-air theatre. This year we’re delighted to welcome them back with a production of one of Shakespeare’s liveliest comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, kilkennyarts.ie/shakespeares-globe-theatre-much-ado-about-nothing

 

  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Basiani Ensemble (from Georgia) - Friday 8th August - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Road - 8pm, €22/19 - Polyphony (the weaving together of different vocal lines), originated in what is now modern-day Georgia, and the Basiani Ensemble is spearheading a revival of this rich vocal tradition. Performing a capella or accompanied by simple stringed instruments familiar to the ancient Greeks, the ensemble embraces everything from twelfth-century hymns to exuberant dance tunes and rousing table songs, kilkennyarts.ie/basiani-folk-ensemble-georgia
  • Theatre: William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Friday 8th August - Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre - 8pm, €15/10 - Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and raucous travelling players, chapterhouse.org
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Liam O Maonlai - Friday 8th August - Set Theatre, John St - 10.30pm, €20/17.50 - It is more than 25 years since Hothouse Flowers’ performance during the interval of the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest introduced the world to the unrivalled musicianship of Liam Ó Maonlaí. Since the Flowers’ last album in 2004, Ó Maonlaí has taken on a startling range of projects. One of his most audacious projects is a collaboration with Irish glass artist Róisín de Buitléar. Working with de Buitléar’s glass instruments, Ó Maonlaí has created an Irish incantation in the sean nós style, and this extraordinary piece forms part of tonight’s concert. Performing a mix of traditional songs and his own folk-rock compositions, Ó Maonlaí showcases his peerless vocals in the company of fellow Flower Peter O’Toole, kilkennyarts.ie/liam-o-maonlai
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest: Architects of Air present Pentalum - Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th August - Kilkenny Castle Park - 10am to 6pm, €5 - The Miracoco, a giant inflatable sculpture or ‘luminarium’, was one of the biggest hits of last year’s Festival, drawing more than 7,000 people into its enchanting, honeycomb world. This year Architects of Air return to Kilkenny with a new (and very different) luminarium. A hymn to the beauty of geometry, Pentalum features a breathtaking central dome and a maze of magical spaces filled with enchanting light effects. It’s another stunning creation and a wonderful space for all ages to explore. The luminarium is wheelchair accessible. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, kilkennyarts.ie/pentalum-the-castle-park

Architects of Air Kilkenny Arts festival

  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Poetry: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Conor O’Callaghan & Peter Sirr - Saturday 9th August - Rothe House, Parliment St - 3.30pm, €13/11 - This intimate event, presented in association with Gallery Press, showcases the work of three leading Irish poets. Long celebrated for her unique poetic vision, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin has won many awards, including the O’Shaughnessy Award, the International Griffin Poetry Prize (for her acclaimed new collection The Sun-Fish) and the Patrick Kavanagh Award, a distinction she shares with Conor O’Callaghan, whose first collection, The History of Rain, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. His latest book, The Sun King, ranges from North Carolina to a derelict farmhouse by the Irish Sea and includes an elegy for the Celtic Tiger and a series of couplets inspired by Twitter. Peter Sirr won the Patrick Kavanagh Award at the age of 22 and went on to receive the O’Shaughnessy Award. His six collections to date display his unusual imaginative sweep, filled with wry observation, exotic references and sensual force, kilkennyarts.ie/eilean-ni-chuilleanain-conor-ocallaghan-peter-sirr
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest: The Hubert Butler Annual Lecture - Theatre of War and Peace: Inside the UN Security Council by Richard Ryan - Saturday 9th August - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Road - 5.30pm, €15/13 - In his 38-year career in the Irish Foreign Service, Richard Ryan served as Ambassador to Korea, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, as well as to the UN in New York. He was Chairman of the UN Security Council Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Committee throughout Ireland’s two-year membership of the Council, in which position he contributed to bringing the Angolan War to an end. In the 1980s he played a key role in persuading the British political establishment of the merits of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, leading to the overwhelming vote in its favour at Westminster. He is also a poet, marksman and archer, and for many years a Director of Claddagh Records, kilkennyarts.ie/hubert-butler-lecture-richard-ryan
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Early Opera Company present Handel's "Acis and Galatea" - Saturday 9th August - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Road - 8pm, €30/26 - One of the leading Baroque conductors in Europe, Christian Curnyn brings his Early Opera Company to Ireland for the first time with a top-flight international cast. The eponymous lovers are portrayed by two of the brightest rising stars on the international opera scene: Allan Clayton (Acis), now recognised as one of the finest tenors of his generation, and Joélle Harvey (Galatea), whose acclaimed appearances include Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera, the BBC Proms and Carnegie Hall, kilkennyarts.ie/george-frederic-handel-acis-galatea
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Theatre: "Deep" by Raymond Scannell - Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th & Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th August - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St - 9pm, €16/14 - t’s the summer of 1988 and Cork’s emigration generation are taking refuge from their troubles on the dancefloor, following the beat of a new musical movement bursting from Ireland’s first House club. Among them is Larry Lehane, a vinyl junkie who remains loyal to the music as the scene crumbles around him. In the intimate atmosphere of Cleere’s, scene of many classic nights at Kilkenny Arts Festival, extraordinary actor, writer and musician Raymond Scannell takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of an era, kilkennyarts.ie/deep
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Kate Tempest - Saturday 9th August - Set Theatre, John St - 10.30pm, €20/17.50 - Her new album, Everybody Down, brings her skills as a rapper to the fore. Produced by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, Hot Chip) it tells the story of three characters lost and alone in the big city, and has already drawn comparisons with concept albums like Plan B’s Ill Manors and The Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free. Performing the album live with a full band, Tempest’s magnetic stage presence and restless, simmering energy make for a thrilling fusion of rap, poetry and song, kilkennyarts.ie/kate-tempest-uk
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Lecture: "Pal Impsest: Intervention and Change in Irish Architecture" by Niall McCullough - Sunday 10th August - Parade Tower - 3.30pm, €13/11 - In this fascinating talk, Niall McCullough traces the history of architectural intervention and explores contemporary approaches to conservation architecture. McCullough is director of McCullough Mulvin Architects, the practice currently undertaking the conversion of St Mary’s Hall in Kilkenny into a museum, and this afternoon’s talk offers a unique insight into the process, kilkennyarts.ie/niall-mccullough
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Lecture/Music: "A Pianist's A-Z" by Alfred Brendel - Sunday 10th August - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Road - 6pm, €15/13 - Alfred Brendel is one of the greatest living classical artists and a towering representative of central European culture. Over the last fifty years his interpretations of Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, among others, have redefined the piano repertoire for modern audiences. His writings have become classics in their field and his latest book, A Pianist’s A-Z, distils a lifetime of artistic wisdom. Brendel comes to St Canice’s to share his thoughts on a wealth of musical topics with insight and wit, kilkennyarts.ie/alfred-brendel
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Benjamin Bagby performs "Beowulf" - Sunday 10th August - Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - 8pm, €20/17.50 - In the thousand years or more since its creation, Beowulf – the Anglo-Saxon epic that forms the cornerstone of English literature – has been translated countless times. But Benjamin Bagby believes that the original Old English text, first written down in the eleventh century, holds a magical power that no modern translation can match, and has made it his life’s work to perform it all over the world, kilkennyarts.ie/benjamin-bagby-us
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: La Chiva Gantiva - Sunday 10th August - Set Theatre, John St - 9.30pm, €17.50/20 - La Chiva Gantiva has been described by the London Times as a "frenetic carnival-punk racket that detonates like a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and ferociously funky Latin rhythms". With their latest album Vivo, released this year, the band has been exploring new sonic territories, while remaining grounded in their trademark rock/afrobeat fundamentals, punctuated by exuberant horn riffs, kilkennyarts.ie/la-chiva-gantiva/

Upcoming Events at Set Theatre in Kilkenny

 

 

Set Theatre Kilkenny

Set Theatre in Kilkenny

 

Kilkenny Castle Events

  • The 'Decius Mus' Tapestries have returned to the Castle. The Tapestries are among the great glories of the wonderful historic Ormonde Collection at Kilkenny Castle. The 'Decius' suite had been in the ownership of the Ormonde family for over 300 years and was displayed in several of their residences before being acquired by OPW for display in Kilkenny Castle. It forms a highlight of the Ormonde Collection in the Tapestry Room and fabulous Picture Gallery - one of the finest historic and architectural spaces in Ireland, kilkennycastle.ie
  • Concert: Ceoltoiri Kilkenny (20+ talented musicians, singers & dancers) - Wednesday 30th July - Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle - 8.30pm to 10.30pm, €10/8/5 - Ceoltoiri Kilkenny, a group of over 20 talented musicians, singers and dancers will present a weekly colourful and exciting Irish Entertainment Show at the Parade Tower during the months of June, July and early August.  A truly memorable and enjoyable evening for all the family, kilkennycastle.ie
  • Orienteering Course - Following the December launch of the new permanent Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle Park, OPW is delighted to announce that three maps, Short (1.8km), Medium (2.4km) and Long (3.5km) distances, are now available to download for free on the Kilkenny Castle Website. The orienteering course is open to all, families, individuals, clubs, schools and what an amazing way to explore the flora and fauna of Kilkenny Castle Park whilst enjoying the exercise in beautiful surroundings.  There is also a small area of the Canal Walk involved in the courses, kilkennycastle.ie
  • PDF's of the Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle - PDF of Long Course. / PDF of Medium Course. / PDF of Short Course.

 

Watergate Theatre (on Parliment St) - Upcoming Shows

  • Storytelling: Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf - Sunday 10th August - Watergate Theatre - 8pm, €20/17 - Part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. In the thousand years or more since its creation, Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon epic that forms the cornerstone of English literature, has been translated countless times. But Benjamin Bagby believes that the original Old English text, first written down in the eleventh century, holds a magical power that no modern translation can match, and has made it his life’s work to perform it all over the world, kilkennyarts.ie
  • Talk: Hugo Hamilton, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan - Monday 11th August - Watergate Theatre - 6pm, €13/11 - Three acclaimed Irish novelists gather in the Watergate to present some of the most talked-about novels published this year. In Hugo Hamilton’s heartbreaking new novel, Every Single Minute, a dying writer (based on his friend Nuala O’Faolain) looks back on her life on a farewell trip to Berlin. Liz Nugent’s Unravelling Oliver uses multiple narrators to weave a complex and gripping story that keeps the reader waiting to the end to uncover the true horror behind a shocking opening scene. Last year Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, won the Guardian First Book Award, and this year the follow-up, The Thing About December, has confirmed his status as one of the most exciting new voices in Irish fiction, kilkennyarts.ie

 

Events for Kids

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Live Music: Hooly Night with music from Davy Cashin & Robbie Campion and irish dancing from Gerard Hayes, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm-chiva-gantiva/

 

Other well known and upcoming artists/theatre acts touring via Kilkenny over next few weeks...
Monday 11th August - Interview with authors Hugo Hamilton, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan - Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - 6pm, €13/11
Wednesday 13th August - The Gloaming with Special Guests - St Canice's Cathedral, Coach Rd - 8pm, €30/26
Wednesday 13th August - Concert: My Brightest Diamond - Set Theatre, John St - 10.30pm, €20/17.50
Thursday 14th August - Fab Food Trails present "Kilkenny Walking & Tasting Trail" - 10.30am to 1pm, €45
Thursday 14th August - Concert: Stargaze with The Dodos, Shara Worden & special guests - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Rd - 8pm, €22/19
Friday 15th August - Concert: Bill Frisell with Sam Amidon, Dennis Cahill and Martin Hayes - Set Theatre, John St - 10.30pm, €27/23.50

  • First Week of Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny - open from Thursday 31st July - access from Parliment Street - 10am to 6pm daily, €12/9.50/7 - Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny will be unveiled to visitors on Thursday, 31st July 2014.  This multi-sensory and interactive experience will take visitors on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing on the site of the St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the arrival of John Smithwick in the 1700’s, and right up to the present day.  Visitors will be fully immersed in the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest beer brand, the amazing heritage of the Smithwick’s family and its place in Kilkenny, a city steeped in history and brewing. The tour includes a life-size holographic monk and living portraits of the Smithwick’s family members.  During the tour, the Smithwick’s brewing process will be brought to life with visitors having the opportunity to experience the smells, tastes and textures of the raw materials involved in creating the perfect pint of ale. French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking visitors will be offered an audio guide to take them through the tour, which lasts approximately 70 minutes
  • Darts Exhibition by Adrian 'The Jackpot' Lewis - Wednesday 6th August - Langtons, John St - 8pm, €20/10 - Play against the 2 time World Darts Champion. In aid of stroke beds for St Lukes Hospital. VIP Tickets for €20 get you a meet and greet 1 hour before the event starts, with limited availability, facebook.com/events
  • Concert: Ceoltoiri Kilkenny (20+ talented musicians, singers & dancers) - Wednesday 6th August - Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle - 8.30pm to 10.30pm, €10/8/5 - see the Kilkenny Castle section below for more information
  • Pop Up Museum - Thursday 7th August - The Parade - 10am to 4pm - On every Thursday in August. The Kilkenny Pop-up Museum, co-funded by the Heritage Council, Kilkenny City and County Councils will be on during Kilkenny Arts Week and National Heritage Week. Explore the archaeology tent featuring artefacts, experts, theatre, excavation pit, animation artists and medieval food, visitkilkenny.ie

Kilkenny Pop Up Museum

  • 41st Kilkenny Arts Festival - Friday 8th to Sunday 17th August - at various venues across Kilkenny City - 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 45,000 visitors annually who come and partake in all that Kilkenny has to offer, visitkilkenny.ie
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Beethoven Quest: The Complete String Quartets by The Heath Quartet - Friday 8th to Sunday 17th August - St John's Priory, John St -  1pm, €15/13 - The string quartets of Beethoven, spanning almost his entire composing life, are considered one of the greatest pinnacles of art. The late quartets, in particular, take us to frontiers that perhaps no other artist has crossed before or since. Audiences in Kilkenny this August will have an extremely rare opportunity to embark on this extraordinary musical journey throughout the ten days of the Festival in the historic, intimate Priory Church of St John, kilkennyarts.ie/the-heath-quartet
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Culture: Installation: Tinkling Chimes with Carrie Lynam - Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August - National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard - 2pm to 5pm - Make music in Castle Yard by creating a tinkling wind chime installation. Create an acoustically delightful string of assorted objects to add to a large collaborative wind chime and as it grows listen to it sing in the breeze. This family fun drop-in workshop will allow creativity to bloom. All ages welcome, kilkennyarts.ie/installation
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Theatre: Shakespeare Globe present Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" - Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th August - Castle Yard at Kilkenny Design - 7.30pm, €26/22.50 - Over the last two years, a production by Shakespeare’s Globe (UK) has become one of the must-see highlights of the festival programme. Performing on a recreated Elizabethan ‘Booth Stage’, the company has brought two acclaimed productions to Kilkenny and transformed the Castle Yard into the finest venue in the country for open-air theatre. This year we’re delighted to welcome them back with a production of one of Shakespeare’s liveliest comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, kilkennyarts.ie/shakespeares-globe-theatre-much-ado-about-nothing

 

  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Basiani Ensemble (from Georgia) - Friday 8th August - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Road - 8pm, €22/19 - Polyphony (the weaving together of different vocal lines), originated in what is now modern-day Georgia, and the Basiani Ensemble is spearheading a revival of this rich vocal tradition. Performing a capella or accompanied by simple stringed instruments familiar to the ancient Greeks, the ensemble embraces everything from twelfth-century hymns to exuberant dance tunes and rousing table songs, kilkennyarts.ie/basiani-folk-ensemble-georgia
  • Theatre: William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Friday 8th August - Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre - 8pm, €15/10 - Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and raucous travelling players, chapterhouse.org
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Liam O Maonlai - Friday 8th August - Set Theatre, John St - 10.30pm, €20/17.50 - It is more than 25 years since Hothouse Flowers’ performance during the interval of the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest introduced the world to the unrivalled musicianship of Liam Ó Maonlaí. Since the Flowers’ last album in 2004, Ó Maonlaí has taken on a startling range of projects. One of his most audacious projects is a collaboration with Irish glass artist Róisín de Buitléar. Working with de Buitléar’s glass instruments, Ó Maonlaí has created an Irish incantation in the sean nós style, and this extraordinary piece forms part of tonight’s concert. Performing a mix of traditional songs and his own folk-rock compositions, Ó Maonlaí showcases his peerless vocals in the company of fellow Flower Peter O’Toole, kilkennyarts.ie/liam-o-maonlai
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest: Architects of Air present Pentalum - Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th August - Kilkenny Castle Park - 10am to 6pm, €5 - The Miracoco, a giant inflatable sculpture or ‘luminarium’, was one of the biggest hits of last year’s Festival, drawing more than 7,000 people into its enchanting, honeycomb world. This year Architects of Air return to Kilkenny with a new (and very different) luminarium. A hymn to the beauty of geometry, Pentalum features a breathtaking central dome and a maze of magical spaces filled with enchanting light effects. It’s another stunning creation and a wonderful space for all ages to explore. The luminarium is wheelchair accessible. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, kilkennyarts.ie/pentalum-the-castle-park

Architects of Air Kilkenny Arts festival

  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Poetry: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Conor O’Callaghan & Peter Sirr - Saturday 9th August - Rothe House, Parliment St - 3.30pm, €13/11 - This intimate event, presented in association with Gallery Press, showcases the work of three leading Irish poets. Long celebrated for her unique poetic vision, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin has won many awards, including the O’Shaughnessy Award, the International Griffin Poetry Prize (for her acclaimed new collection The Sun-Fish) and the Patrick Kavanagh Award, a distinction she shares with Conor O’Callaghan, whose first collection, The History of Rain, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. His latest book, The Sun King, ranges from North Carolina to a derelict farmhouse by the Irish Sea and includes an elegy for the Celtic Tiger and a series of couplets inspired by Twitter. Peter Sirr won the Patrick Kavanagh Award at the age of 22 and went on to receive the O’Shaughnessy Award. His six collections to date display his unusual imaginative sweep, filled with wry observation, exotic references and sensual force, kilkennyarts.ie/eilean-ni-chuilleanain-conor-ocallaghan-peter-sirr
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest: The Hubert Butler Annual Lecture - Theatre of War and Peace: Inside the UN Security Council by Richard Ryan - Saturday 9th August - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Road - 5.30pm, €15/13 - In his 38-year career in the Irish Foreign Service, Richard Ryan served as Ambassador to Korea, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, as well as to the UN in New York. He was Chairman of the UN Security Council Angola (UNITA) Sanctions Committee throughout Ireland’s two-year membership of the Council, in which position he contributed to bringing the Angolan War to an end. In the 1980s he played a key role in persuading the British political establishment of the merits of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, leading to the overwhelming vote in its favour at Westminster. He is also a poet, marksman and archer, and for many years a Director of Claddagh Records, kilkennyarts.ie/hubert-butler-lecture-richard-ryan
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Early Opera Company present Handel's "Acis and Galatea" - Saturday 9th August - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Road - 8pm, €30/26 - One of the leading Baroque conductors in Europe, Christian Curnyn brings his Early Opera Company to Ireland for the first time with a top-flight international cast. The eponymous lovers are portrayed by two of the brightest rising stars on the international opera scene: Allan Clayton (Acis), now recognised as one of the finest tenors of his generation, and Joélle Harvey (Galatea), whose acclaimed appearances include Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera, the BBC Proms and Carnegie Hall, kilkennyarts.ie/george-frederic-handel-acis-galatea
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Theatre: "Deep" by Raymond Scannell - Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th & Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th August - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St - 9pm, €16/14 - t’s the summer of 1988 and Cork’s emigration generation are taking refuge from their troubles on the dancefloor, following the beat of a new musical movement bursting from Ireland’s first House club. Among them is Larry Lehane, a vinyl junkie who remains loyal to the music as the scene crumbles around him. In the intimate atmosphere of Cleere’s, scene of many classic nights at Kilkenny Arts Festival, extraordinary actor, writer and musician Raymond Scannell takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of an era, kilkennyarts.ie/deep
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Kate Tempest - Saturday 9th August - Set Theatre, John St - 10.30pm, €20/17.50 - Her new album, Everybody Down, brings her skills as a rapper to the fore. Produced by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, Hot Chip) it tells the story of three characters lost and alone in the big city, and has already drawn comparisons with concept albums like Plan B’s Ill Manors and The Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free. Performing the album live with a full band, Tempest’s magnetic stage presence and restless, simmering energy make for a thrilling fusion of rap, poetry and song, kilkennyarts.ie/kate-tempest-uk
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Lecture: "Pal Impsest: Intervention and Change in Irish Architecture" by Niall McCullough - Sunday 10th August - Parade Tower - 3.30pm, €13/11 - In this fascinating talk, Niall McCullough traces the history of architectural intervention and explores contemporary approaches to conservation architecture. McCullough is director of McCullough Mulvin Architects, the practice currently undertaking the conversion of St Mary’s Hall in Kilkenny into a museum, and this afternoon’s talk offers a unique insight into the process, kilkennyarts.ie/niall-mccullough
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Lecture/Music: "A Pianist's A-Z" by Alfred Brendel - Sunday 10th August - St Canices Cathedral, Coach Road - 6pm, €15/13 - Alfred Brendel is one of the greatest living classical artists and a towering representative of central European culture. Over the last fifty years his interpretations of Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, among others, have redefined the piano repertoire for modern audiences. His writings have become classics in their field and his latest book, A Pianist’s A-Z, distils a lifetime of artistic wisdom. Brendel comes to St Canice’s to share his thoughts on a wealth of musical topics with insight and wit, kilkennyarts.ie/alfred-brendel
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: Benjamin Bagby performs "Beowulf" - Sunday 10th August - Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - 8pm, €20/17.50 - In the thousand years or more since its creation, Beowulf – the Anglo-Saxon epic that forms the cornerstone of English literature – has been translated countless times. But Benjamin Bagby believes that the original Old English text, first written down in the eleventh century, holds a magical power that no modern translation can match, and has made it his life’s work to perform it all over the world, kilkennyarts.ie/benjamin-bagby-us
  • Kilkenny Arts Fest - Concert: La Chiva Gantiva - Sunday 10th August - Set Theatre, John St - 9.30pm, €17.50/20 - La Chiva Gantiva has been described by the London Times as a "frenetic carnival-punk racket that detonates like a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and ferociously funky Latin rhythms". With their latest album Vivo, released this year, the band has been exploring new sonic territories, while remaining grounded in their trademark rock/afrobeat fundamentals, punctuated by exuberant horn riffs, kilkennyarts.ie/la-chiva-gantiva/

Upcoming Events at Set Theatre in Kilkenny

 

 

Set Theatre Kilkenny

Set Theatre in Kilkenny

 

Kilkenny Castle Events

  • The 'Decius Mus' Tapestries have returned to the Castle. The Tapestries are among the great glories of the wonderful historic Ormonde Collection at Kilkenny Castle. The 'Decius' suite had been in the ownership of the Ormonde family for over 300 years and was displayed in several of their residences before being acquired by OPW for display in Kilkenny Castle. It forms a highlight of the Ormonde Collection in the Tapestry Room and fabulous Picture Gallery - one of the finest historic and architectural spaces in Ireland, kilkennycastle.ie
  • Concert: Ceoltoiri Kilkenny (20+ talented musicians, singers & dancers) - Wednesday 30th July - Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle - 8.30pm to 10.30pm, €10/8/5 - Ceoltoiri Kilkenny, a group of over 20 talented musicians, singers and dancers will present a weekly colourful and exciting Irish Entertainment Show at the Parade Tower during the months of June, July and early August.  A truly memorable and enjoyable evening for all the family, kilkennycastle.ie
  • Orienteering Course - Following the December launch of the new permanent Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle Park, OPW is delighted to announce that three maps, Short (1.8km), Medium (2.4km) and Long (3.5km) distances, are now available to download for free on the Kilkenny Castle Website. The orienteering course is open to all, families, individuals, clubs, schools and what an amazing way to explore the flora and fauna of Kilkenny Castle Park whilst enjoying the exercise in beautiful surroundings.  There is also a small area of the Canal Walk involved in the courses, kilkennycastle.ie
  • PDF's of the Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle - PDF of Long Course. / PDF of Medium Course. / PDF of Short Course.

 

Watergate Theatre (on Parliment St) - Upcoming Shows

  • Storytelling: Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf - Sunday 10th August - Watergate Theatre - 8pm, €20/17 - Part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. In the thousand years or more since its creation, Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon epic that forms the cornerstone of English literature, has been translated countless times. But Benjamin Bagby believes that the original Old English text, first written down in the eleventh century, holds a magical power that no modern translation can match, and has made it his life’s work to perform it all over the world, kilkennyarts.ie
  • Talk: Hugo Hamilton, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan - Monday 11th August - Watergate Theatre - 6pm, €13/11 - Three acclaimed Irish novelists gather in the Watergate to present some of the most talked-about novels published this year. In Hugo Hamilton’s heartbreaking new novel, Every Single Minute, a dying writer (based on his friend Nuala O’Faolain) looks back on her life on a farewell trip to Berlin. Liz Nugent’s Unravelling Oliver uses multiple narrators to weave a complex and gripping story that keeps the reader waiting to the end to uncover the true horror behind a shocking opening scene. Last year Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, won the Guardian First Book Award, and this year the follow-up, The Thing About December, has confirmed his status as one of the most exciting new voices in Irish fiction, kilkennyarts.ie

 

Events for Kids

- See more at: http://www.visitkilkenny.ie/Events_Kilkenny#sthash.GhNoDQgG.dpuf

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th August - Beethoven Quest: The Complete Piano Concertos - Barry Douglas (piano/director) and Camerata Ireland - St Canice's Cathedral
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August - Dance: Irish Modern Dance Theatre reimagines Shakespeare’s "King Lear" - Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - 6pm, €18/15.50
Saturday 16th August - Poetry Readings by US poet laureate Billy Collins - Parade Tower - 6pm, €15/13
Friday 22nd August - Concert: The Carice Singers - St. Canice’s Cathedral, Coach Road - 7pm, €15/5
Saturday 23rd August - Kilkenny Book and Coin Fair - Club House Hotel, Patrick St - 10.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday 23rd August - Concert: Tweed - Ballykeefee Amphitheatre - €15
Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st August - Heritage Week
Highlights include....
Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st August - The Village Creamery Exhibition - Ionad Dara Centre, Goresbridge - 2pm to 6pm, free
Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st August - Guided Heritage Tours - Jerpoint Park, Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny - 10.30am to 12.30pm, 2pm to 4pm
Monday 25th August - RPSI visit with Steam Locomotive No.461 - Kilkenny Railway Station - 1pm to 2.50pm, free
Tuesday 26th August - Woodland Bat Walk with Lorcan Scott - Castlecomer Discovery Park - 8.45pm, free
Wednesday 27th August - Guided Tour with the Butler of the House - Kilkenny Castle, The Parade - 2pm to 3pm, free
Thursday 28th August - Kilkenny Pop-Up Museum - The Parade - 10am to 5pm, free
Friday 29th August - Children's Workshop - Rothe House and Garden, Parliment St - 10.30am to 12.30pm, €8ert: Daniel Romano - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St - 9pm, €15
Saturday 30th August - For Family: Mini-Beast Hunt - Woodstock Gardens, Inistioge - 11am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 3.30pm, free
Monday 1st September - Concert: Llyod Cole - Set Theatre, John St - 8pm, €25
Friday 5th September - Concert: Isreal Nash - Set Theatre, John St - 9.30pm, €16
Saturday 6th September - Concert: Nathan Carter and his band - Ballykeeffee Ampitheatre - €30/27.50
More events listed on this page - visitkilkenny.ie/upcoming_events_in_kilkenny

Upcoming Events at Set Theatre in Kilkenny


Kilkenny Castle Events

For more information on these events, visit visitkilkenny.ie/kilkenny_castle or www.kilkennycastle.ie

The 'Decius Mus' Tapestries have returned to the Castle. The Tapestries are among the great glories of the wonderful historic Ormonde Collection at Kilkenny Castle. The 'Decius' suite had been in the ownership of the Ormonde family for over 300 years and was displayed in several of their residences before being acquired by OPW for display in Kilkenny Castle. It forms a highlight of the Ormonde Collection in the Tapestry Room and fabulous Picture Gallery - one of the finest historic and architectural spaces in Ireland, kilkennycastle.ie

Concert: Ceoltoiri Kilkenny (20+ talented musicians, singers & dancers) - Wednesday 30th July - Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle - 8.30pm to 10.30pm, €10/8/5 - Ceoltoiri Kilkenny, a group of over 20 talented musicians, singers and dancers will present a weekly colourful and exciting Irish Entertainment Show at the Parade Tower during the months of June, July and early August. A truly memorable and enjoyable evening for all the family, kilkennycastle.ie

Orienteering Course - Following the December launch of the new permanent Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle Park, OPW is delighted to announce that three maps, Short (1.8km), Medium (2.4km) and Long (3.5km) distances, are now available to download for free on the Kilkenny Castle Website. The orienteering course is open to all, families, individuals, clubs, schools and what an amazing way to explore the flora and fauna of Kilkenny Castle Park whilst enjoying the exercise in beautiful surroundings. There is also a small area of the Canal Walk involved in the courses, kilkennycastle.ie
PDF's of the Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle - PDF of Long Course. / PDF of Medium Course. / PDF of Short Course.


Watergate Theatre (on Parliment St) - Upcoming Shows

Storytelling: Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf - Sunday 10th August - Watergate Theatre - 8pm, €20/17 - Part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. In the thousand years or more since its creation, Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon epic that forms the cornerstone of English literature, has been translated countless times. But Benjamin Bagby believes that the original Old English text, first written down in the eleventh century, holds a magical power that no modern translation can match, and has made it his life’s work to perform it all over the world, kilkennyarts.ie

Talk: Hugo Hamilton, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan - Monday 11th August - Watergate Theatre - 6pm, €13/11 - Three acclaimed Irish novelists gather in the Watergate to present some of the most talked-about novels published this year. In Hugo Hamilton’s heartbreaking new novel, Every Single Minute, a dying writer (based on his friend Nuala O’Faolain) looks back on her life on a farewell trip to Berlin. Liz Nugent’s Unravelling Oliver uses multiple narrators to weave a complex and gripping story that keeps the reader waiting to the end to uncover the true horror behind a shocking opening scene. Last year Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, won the Guardian First Book Award, and this year the follow-up, The Thing About December, has confirmed his status as one of the most exciting new voices in Irish fiction, kilkennyarts.ie

- See more at: http://www.visitkilkenny.ie/Events_Kilkenny#sthash.GhNoDQgG.dpuf

 


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