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Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014


Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014

Kilkenny Arts Festival

8th to 17th August 2014

A world of artistic magic in Ireland’s medieval city

Join us for Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014 and experience unique collaborations, one-off events and world premieres.  Initial highlights now on sale include the return of one of the world's leading ensembles Shakespeare’s Globe (UK) to Ireland's finest open-air courtyard theatre, an epic journey through the complete string quartets and piano concertos of Beethoven, and the Kilkenny debut of a traditional Irish supergroup The Gloaming (Irl) whose exploration of new musical frontiers has won global acclaim.   When great artists and audiences come together in the intimate historic spaces of Ireland's medieval city, magic can happen. Tickets from only €13 with fantastic bundle offers available. Click here to book. Our full programme with over 150 events including free events and street theatre is announced mid-June 2014. Sign up for our newsletter here for updates.

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  • If event is listed as free, it will more than likely be ticketed. Click on the name of the event below to be brought to the official page of the event, to see if just free or free & ticketed.


Friday 8th August

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Tuesday 12th August

Wednesday 13th August

Thursday 14th August

Friday 15th August

Saturday 16th August

Sunday 17th August


Pop Up Museum

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.  It launches on the Thursday 7th of August. Explore the archaeology tent featuring artefacts, experts, theatre, excavation pit, animation artists and medieval food

Location: The Parade, Kilkenny alongside the Kilkenny Farmers' Market
Date: Every Thursday in August - 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Time: 10am-4pm

Kilkenny Pop Up Museum