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A world of artistic magic in Ireland’s medieval city

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kilkennyarts.ie

2014

AUGUST


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Shakespeare’s Globe (UK), Castle Yard, As You Like It, 2012

Front cover image: stargaze, performing on 14 August in St Canice’s (see page 36)

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FESTIVAL TEAM

DIRECTOR’S WELCOME

CONTENTS

Festival Director Eugene Downes

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Festival Producer Olga Barry Festival Administrator Valerie Ryan Production Manager Aidan Wallace Marketing Manager Tracy Ryan Box Office Manager Cathy Hogan Development Manager Siobhan Donohoe Artist Liaison Cornelia McCarthy Artist Liaison Assistant Hazel Doyle Programme Editor Alistair Daniel Marketing Consultant Annette Nugent Publicity Gerry Lundberg PR Graphic Design Íde Deloughry Web Design Pixel Design Official IT Provider BITS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Emer Foley (Chair) Fergus Cronin Orla Kelly Maureen Kennelly Conor Langton Anna O’Sullivan Michael O’Toole Thomas O’Toole Susan Proud Isabell Smyth

Eugene Downes

Welcome to the 41st Kilkenny Arts Festival! Building on forty years of extraordinary creative moments, my first Festival as Director focuses on artistic residencies, bespoke collaborations and surprise happenings in a programme which leaves behind conventional artform boundaries. So many artists prefer not to define their work as classical or contemporary, jazz or folk, poetry or song, theatre or dance, and we’re taking the same approach. Let the art speak for itself... Kilkenny is a city and a Festival where the classical, traditional and contemporary meet. So we lead this year with two special projects in contrasting musical fields: Beethoven Quest is an epic journey through the great composer’s string quartets and piano concertos, while in the Marble City Sessions, co-curated with Martin Hayes, we gather extraordinary musicians from America and Ireland for a week of collaborations climaxing in our Festival Finale. Our artists in residence include – among many others – The Gloaming, the Heath Quartet, jazz guitar master Bill Frisell, former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, progressive folk hero Sam Amidon, stargaze ensemble from Berlin and Shakespeare’s Globe, who return with a brand-new production of Much Ado About Nothing in Castle Yard. Reimagining another Shakespearean classic, we have commissioned Irish Modern Dance Theatre to create Lear Project, starring the legendary Valda Setterfield. We’re proud to present the first Irish visits of leading international artists including the Early Opera Company (UK), the Basiani Ensemble (Georgia) and Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy). Performance poet Kate Tempest stages the Irish premiere of her latest work, while Architects of Air return to Castle Park with the Irish debut of their new luminarium, Pentalum. And this year we’re showcasing not only Kilkenny’s magnificent buildings but also the city’s historic gardens, in a series of “secret” pop-up afternoon concerts.

08 SHAKESPEARE DUO

12 MARBLE CITY SESSIONS

18 ARCHITECTS OF AIR

20 DAY BY DAY EVENTS

44 FREE & FAMILY EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS & WORKSHOPS

57 GREAT PLACES TO STAY, EAT & DRINK

58 SPECIAL TICKET DEALS

59 MAP OF FESTIVAL VENUES Huge thanks are due to our funders, sponsors, partners, friends, supporters, venues, staff, board and especially our hundreds of amazing volunteers. Join us for ten days – and nights – of artistic magic this August.

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BEETHOVEN QUEST:

THE COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS

The Heath Quartet UK Beethoven wrote string quartets throughout his working life. The marvellous early quartets already showed a master at work, while the mid-period Razumovsky Quartets met with great popular success. In the composer’s last years, when he was profoundly deaf, his extraordinary sequence of late quartets astonished critics and audiences; on hearing the Fourteenth Quartet (op. 131) Schubert was heard to remark, ‘After this, what is left for us to write?’ The public was slower to embrace them, but in the intervening two centuries opinion has changed and the late quartets are now ranked among the greatest achievements in all of music. Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2002, The Heath Quartet has emerged as one of the most dynamic and acclaimed voices on the international chamber music scene. Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the ensemble has appeared at major venues and festivals across Europe. Coming directly from an appearance at the 2014 BBC Proms in London, the quartet will take up residence in Kilkenny to scale the heights of the complete Beethoven cycle over ten lunchtime concerts. St John’s Priory offers a beautifully intimate setting for this unique Festival journey through masterworks that express the richness of the human spirit.

PROGRAMME I Friday 8 August Op. 130 Bb 50 mins approx. PROGRAMME II Saturday 9 August Op. 18.1 F & op. 127 Eb 70 mins approx. PROGRAMME III Sunday 10 August Op. 18.2 G & op. 95 F minor 50 mins approx. PROGRAMME IV Monday 11 August Op. 18.3 D & op. 74 Eb 60 mins approx. PROGRAMME V Tuesday 12 August Op. 132 A minor 50 mins approx. PROGRAMME VI Wednesday 13 August Op. 18.4 C minor & op. 59.3 C major 60 mins approx. PROGRAMME VII Thursday 14 August Op. 18.5 A major & op. 59.2 E minor 70 mins approx. PROGRAMME VIII Friday 15 August Op. 18.6 Bb & op. 59.1 F 75 mins approx. PROGRAMME IX Saturday 16 August Op. 131 C# minor & op. 135 F 70 mins approx.

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PROGRAMME X Sunday 17 August Op. 130 & op. 133 55 mins approx.


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Amazing, rapt intensity ... the pinpoint focus and swinging energy they brought to the final fugue was simply dazzling

Photo Sussie Ahlburg

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BEETHOVEN QUEST:

THE COMPLETE PIANO CONCERTOS

Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland

piano/director

Camerata Ireland brings together leading Irish musicians to celebrate the depth of musical talent on this island. Founded and led by pianist and conductor Barry Douglas, the ensemble has toured widely, gaining an international reputation for excellence, not least for its recordings of Beethoven’s piano concertos. Following acclaimed tours to Russia, North America and China, and fresh from Douglas’ appearance at the BBC Proms this summer with Valery Gergiev and the LSO, they return to Kilkenny with an ambitious double programme featuring the composer’s five piano concertos. These marvellous works trace the rapid arc of Beethoven’s development, from promising young pianist and composer to turbulent grand master. The first two concertos, classical in style, were great popular successes, while with Concerto no. 3 Beethoven moved further from the influence of Mozart and forged something richly expressive and new. The fourth concerto deepened the relationship between orchestra and pianist, while the final concerto, known as the ‘Emperor’ for its powerful themes and heroic tone, ranks among the composer’s greatest achievements.

OTHER BEETHOVEN QUEST EVENTS The Irish Songbook: page 32 The Man Behind the Music: page 38

Ireland

PROGRAMME I Friday 15 August Piano Concerto no. 2 in Bb Piano Concerto no. 1 in C Piano Concerto no. 4 in G Duration 2 hrs approx. PROGRAMME II Saturday 16 August Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor Piano Concerto no. 5 ‘Emperor’ in Eb Duration 90 mins approx.

Douglas superbly draws out the contrasts within each piece ... his tone is a deep velvet cushion, the legatos full of affection and the rhythms galvanised with great energy BBC Music Magazine

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SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE UK

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Max Webster Designed by James Cotterill Composed by John Barber Cast Beatrice Emma Pallant Benedick Simon Bubb Claudio Sam Phillips Hero Gemma Lawrence Don John/Dogberry Chris Starkie Margaret/Borachio/Friar Francis Joy Richardson Don Pedro Jim Kitson Leonato Robert Pickabance Duration 2 hrs 40 mins approx. DIRECTOR’S TALK Rothe House, Sunday 10 August 5pm

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CAST Watergate Theatre, Saturday 16 August 4pm

Max Webster, director of Much Ado About Nothing, talks about the challenge of directing Shakespeare outdoors. Free but ticketed.

Join us before the show for a Q&A with the cast. Free but ticketed.

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The Globe brings its magic to Kilkenny The Irish Times

Laugh-out-loud comedy, gorgeous harmonies and talented musicians ... this production of Much Ado About Nothing has all those and more The Public Reviews

Over the last two years, a production by the worldrenowned Shakespeare’s Globe has become one of the must-see highlights of the Festival. In their only Irish appearances, the company has brought two sold-out productions to Kilkenny and transformed the magnificent 18th-century Castle Yard into the finest venue in Ireland for open-air theatre, performing on a recreated Elizabethan ‘Booth Stage’ with tiered seating. This year we’re delighted to welcome them back as one of our resident ensembles with a brandnew production of one of Shakespeare’s liveliest comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. Claudio and Benedick are best friends with contrasting attitudes to love. While Claudio is in love with Hero, Benedick vows never to marry and engages in a “merry war” of words with Beatrice. But when the malcontent Don John tricks Claudio and tries to ruin Hero’s reputation, Benedick finds himself challenged to kill his best friend. Driven by a pair of lovers in denial, Much Ado About Nothing is a masterpiece of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, literature’s wittiest bickering couple. Please note: this is an outdoor performance. Please dress for the weather.


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WORLD PREMIERE KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL COMMISSION

IRISH MODERN DANCE THEATRE

Ireland

Lear Project Directed by John Scott Designed by Eric Würtz Composed by James Everest In a world premiere commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival, Irish Modern Dance Theatre reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear. Choreographer John Scott and an international cast explore themes of parental love, old age, loss of power, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment. The title role is taken by a legend of the New York modern dance scene: Valda Setterfield, one of the original members of the seminal Judson Church movement and a long-time collaborator of Merce Cunningham and her husband, choreographer David Gordon. The performers portraying Lear’s children include Kévin Coquelard (star of the Paris Conservatoire) and Ryan O’Neill (Ponydance and Junk Ensemble). Lear Project promises to be a deeply personal, playful and profoundly moving new work. John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre is a pioneering and diverse ensemble that brings together Cunningham dancers with African torture survivors. Characterised by its passionate, witty and virtuosic choreography, the ensemble has toured its award-winning shows across the world. Duration 60 mins approx.

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Which of you shall we say doth love us most...? King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1


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The Marble City Sessions In a unique cross-genre project co-curated with the inspirational Martin Hayes, Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014 brings together some of the finest musicians from the USA and Ireland as artists in residence for a week of one-off collaborations ranging across traditional, jazz, contemporary, folk, Americana and beyond. Martin writes, “We’re bringing together in Kilkenny a collective of aesthetically compatible musicians and friends, and I’m looking forward to lots of new artistic connections and spontaneous musical moments.” At the heart of the Marble City Sessions is the extraordinary new Irish-music group The Gloaming. In addition to their St Canice’s performance on 13 August, each member of the group combines with other leading musicians for a series of unique concerts. Also in residence for the Sessions are some of America’s finest musicians, including jazz guitar legend Bill Frisell, cult progressive folk singer/instrumentalist Sam Amidon, crack clarinettist Doug Wieselman, Old Time fiddler Cleek Schrey, composer/hardanger player Dan Trueman and peerless percussive dancer Nic Gareiss.

Photo Courtesy of Irish Arts Center, New York

On Sunday 17 August, many of our resident artists join forces for a unique musical collaboration (see pages 42-43) that will bring the Marble City Sessions, and the Festival itself, to an unforgettable climax.

MARBLE CITY SESSIONS

Ghost Trio Ireland/USA

Duration 70 mins approx.

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Pipes, hardanger fiddle and harmonium coalesce to shape an atmospheric set that speaks … of the space and time inherent in traditional music The Irish Times Ghost Trio brings together three extraordinarily talented musicians – All-Ireland uilleann pipes champion Ivan Goff, sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and fiddler Cleek Schrey – for a groundbreaking experiment in voice, pipes and strings. Dispensing with the chord progressions used in modern forms of Western music, Ghost Trio recovers something more fundamental: the ancient modal sounds buried in Irish and Appalachian tunes. Schrey’s hardanger fiddle fuses Irish songs with the Old Time music of his native Virginia, while Goff coaxes free-ranging sounds from the uilleann pipes and Ó Lionáird layers his celebrated vocals over a harmonium to create a soundscape at once ancient yet utterly fresh. An entrancing set rich in atmosphere and mood.


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The Gloaming

Ireland/USA

& SPEC∆AL GUESTS Beneath The Gloaming’s surface is a cutstone foundation of extraordinary, mesmerising musicianship The Irish Times Duration 90 mins approx.

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It’s been three years since The Gloaming announced their arrival with a breathtaking debut at the National Concert Hall, and since then they’ve won widespread acclaim both for the virtuosity of their playing and for their innovative fusion of musical styles. With pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), guitarist Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes on fiddle, singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on hardanger fiddle, the group is breaking down genre barriers and astonishing audiences across Europe and the United States. Their selftitled debut album ranges from haunting sean nós to rousing instrumental medleys that are at once traditional and utterly contemporary. This is their only Irish date this summer, and St Canice’s is the ideal venue to catch what The Irish Times has called “one of the greatest Irish acts of their generation”.


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MARBLE CITY SESSIONS

Dan Trueman USA & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Ireland

Kilkenny Arts Festival is delighted to welcome jazz guitar legend Bill Frisell as one of our artists in residence for 2014

Laghdú

WORLD PREMIERE This music defies genre, it’s just a beautiful, spacious and luscious soundscape. Everyone should hear this

On paper it seems an unlikely pairing. Dubliner Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is both an established solo artist and a member of several acclaimed ensembles, including The Gloaming and This is How we Fly, while Dan Trueman is an American composer and electronic musician who co-founded the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, the first ensemble of its kind, and whose compositions explore the connections between traditional dance music and machines.

Martin Hayes

But the duo share a passion for the hardanger fiddle, the beautiful Norwegian instrument that brings a haunting quality to the folk dances for which it was designed, and their partnership is taking traditional airs in new directions, conjuring warm, wistful notes from the strings. This is exquisite music, and in the intimate space of Rothe House, the world premiere of their debut album Laghdú is an event to savour.

Duration 50 mins approx.

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Bill Frisell is the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Softspoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he straps on his [guitar] Spin


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MARBLE CITY SESSIONS

Bill Frisell USA with Sam Amidon USA Dennis Cahill USA Martin Hayes Ireland

Sam Amidon

Over a career spanning more than thirty years, Bill Frisell has collaborated with some of the finest contemporary musicians, including Brazilian singersongwriter Vinicius Cantuária, Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré and jazz drummer Jim Keltner. This unique concert extends that already impressive range with a two-part show featuring some very special guests.

Bill for a mouth-watering blend of jazz and traditional music. This promises to be a night celebrating the joys of collaboration and the shared roots of a wealth of musical forms. Duration 90 mins approx. This is an over-18 event. FRI

In the first part, Bill embarks on a journey through Americana in the company of progressive folk hero Sam Amidon, an enthralling live performer celebrated for his singular interpretations of American folk songs. In the second part Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill join

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Bill Frisell Solo USA Since his first album back in 1983, Bill Frisell has been making music that defies simple categorisation. Moving seamlessly between jazz and rock, folk and Americana,

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his work expresses the freshness and variety of America itself. Whether performing his own compositions or transforming an old standard, Frisell combines the power of rock with the subtlety of jazz. During live improvisations his mastery of looping and multitracking enables him to build rich landscapes of sound. The effect on audiences is mesmerising, and this solo appearance offers an intimate showcase for his talents. Duration 60 mins approx.


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Doug Wieselman USA From Water From Handel to Simon and Garfunkel, musicians have often drawn inspiration from water, but Doug Wieselman has taken the concept a step further. A vital force on the New York music scene for years, collaborating with everyone from Antony and the Johnsons to Lou Reed, the clarinettist has released an ambitious solo album based around the melodies he hears beneath the gurgle and flow of rivers, oceans and lakes. Mixing vintage clarinets with live looping, Wieselman builds rich layers of sound that conjure everything from a train travelling along the Hudson River to the ocean lapping on a California beach. The result is an unclassifiable blend of ambient, classical and jazz that has had critics reaching for superlatives. On the terrace of the River Court Hotel, overlooking the River Nore, this live performance of From Water stages a beguiling duet between water and the music it inspired.

Songs that glisten and sway Pitchfork on Thomas Bartlett

Duration 2 hrs 45 mins approx. This is an over-18 event.

An intrepid adventurer in the world of sound New York City Jazz Record Duration 50 mins approx.

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This is what the future sounds like The Irish Times on This is How we Fly

MARBLE CITY SESSIONS DOUBLE BILL

Thomas Bartlett & Friends USA This Is How We Fly Ireland/Sweden/USA Two members of The Gloaming – Thomas Bartlett and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – showcase other musical projects in this exciting double bill. Few pianists and songwriters command such admiration that they can enlist Norah Jones, Martha Wainright and Glen Hansard as backing singers, but Thomas Bartlett is a rare talent. Equally at home in pop, classical or traditional, he released a reinterpretation of the Footloose soundtrack that went viral in 2008, while his exquisite piano work as a member of The

Gloaming is a key element of the group’s distinctive sound. As ‘Doveman’ he has released three solo albums combining gorgeous melodies with hushed vocals. This evening Bartlett is joined by special guests for a unique performance mixing progressive folk and jazz-inflected rhythms with the pop sensibilities of his Doveman incarnation. A collaboration between fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and jazz clarinettist Seán Mac Erlaine already sounds an intriguing proposition, but throw in American hard shoe

dancer Nic Gareiss and Swedish percussionist Petter Berndalen and the results are something quite special. The search for common ground between this eclectic quartet has yielded a rich crop of ideas and a debut album that sounds like nothing else. This is How we Fly play everything from Irish fiddle tunes to polskas from Berndalen’s native Sweden. Shot through with the exuberant, anarchic spirits of folk and jazz, this is traditional music as you’ve never heard it before.


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ARCHITECTS OF AIR UK

Pentalum

You haven’t lived if you haven’t got lost in a giant inflatable maze The Irish Times

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 the Irish debut of their latest 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.

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Basiani Ensemble

A near psychedelic groove of unusual harmonies, rhythmic intensity and sheer beauty Sarasota Herald Tribune

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Duration 1 hr 45 mins approx. (including interval)

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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. Formed out of the Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral Church Choir, Basiani Ensemble brings together some of the finest choral singers in Georgia to uncover the extraordinary musical heritage of the region. 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 like ‘Chakrulo’ (one of the pieces included on the Voyager spacecraft). Since forming in 2000 they have performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, and St Canice’s provides the perfect venue for their mesmerising sound.


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Liam Ó Maonlaí Ireland

He takes the flavours of the global and the village to stir them into the urban RootsWorld It’s 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, co-creating acclaimed contemporary dance show Rian, recording solo albums of both self-penned and traditional songs, and completing a 3,000-mile musical pilgrimage to Mali where he played to an audience of Tuareg near Timbuktu. One of his most audacious projects is a collaboration with Irish glass artist Róisín de Buitléar. Working with de Buitléar’s glass instruments (see page 50), 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. This is an over-18 event.

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Malcolm Proud organ Ireland

Programme NICOLAS DE GRIGNY Veni creator spiritus CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott Sonata in G minor

A musical visionary The Irish Times

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Fuge über das Magnificat SAT

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NICOLAS DE GRIGNY Ave maris stella

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[Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is] among the very best poets of her generation O’Shaughnessy Award Citation

‘The Pearl Works’ surely represents O’Callaghan’s finest hour to date The Stinging Fly

Everyone who takes poetry seriously should read [Peter Sirr] The Irish Times

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One of Europe’s most distinguished Baroque musicians, Malcolm Proud has a unique association with Kilkenny Arts Festival, having performed at the first Festival in 1974 and on many occasions since, whether solo or with ensembles like the Irish Baroque Orchestra and his own Camerata Kilkenny. This year he performs in the Cathedral Church of St Canice, where he is organist, with a programme marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of CPE Bach. The concert also features JS Bach’s exalted Fuge über das Magnificat and rare gems from the France of Louis XIV: two plainchant settings for choir and organ by Nicolas de Grigny.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Conor O’Callaghan & Peter Sirr Ireland 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 International Griffin Poetry Prize (for her new collection The Sun-Fish) and the Patrick Kavanagh Award, a distinction she shares with Conor O’Callaghan, whose latest book, The Sun King, features both an elegy for the Celtic Tiger and 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 and sensual force. Duration 60 mins approx.


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THE HUBERT BUTLER ANNUAL LECTURE

Theatre of War and Peace: Inside the UN Security Council Richard Ryan Ireland Many of the greatest crises of the post-war period have played out in the crucible of the United Nations Security Council, the institution at the heart of the UN system of global governance. From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the intense negotiations and debates preceding the Iraq War, the Council and its often secretive procedures have provided a platform for greatpower politics amid the search to control and resolve major conflicts.

It is a huge challenge for any small state to seek and achieve election to the Security Council, and, once there, to make an impact in the glare of world scrutiny. Since Ireland joined the UN in 1955 it has served three times on the Council, most recently in 2001-2. Our Ambassador to the UN from 1998 to 2005, Richard Ryan, who was President of the Council in the aftermath of 9/11, reveals some of the inner dynamics of the Council and describes the working out of big-power tensions during this tumultuous period.

The Hubert Butler Annual Lecture was established in 2007 to honour the Kilkenny writer, historian and broadcaster whose remarkable consistency of vision and clarity of mind made him unique among essayists and whose work evinced an unsurpassed moral, political and literary integrity. Duration 75 mins approx. SAT

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EARLY OPERA COMPANY UK Handel

Acis and Galatea CONCERT PERFORMANCE

Early Opera Company’s Handel glories continue with a winningly tuneful performance of his pastoral mini-opera The Guardian

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Artistic Director/Conductor Christian Curnyn Cast Acis Allan Clayton Galatea Joélle Harvey Damon Samuel Boden Polyphemus Andrew Foster-Williams Ensemble Tenor David de Winter Duration 1 hr 45 mins approx. (including interval)


Acis and Galatea Artist: Nicolas Poussin French, 17th century, 1627-1628 Oil on canvas Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

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Based on a tale from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the pastoral opera Acis and Galatea – about the sea nymph Galatea and her shepherd lover Acis – is the work of the greatest artists in Georgian London. Written by Handel with a libretto by John Gay and contributions from Alexander Pope, it remains the most popular of Handel’s dramatic works, packed with heartbreaking melodies and a powerful second act in which the lovers are threatened by the one-eyed giant Polyphemus. 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. Founded in 1994 by Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company is firmly established as one of Britain’s leading early music ensembles, appearing regularly at festivals all over Europe. Their recording of Handel’s Serse received rapturous reviews earlier this year and was shortlisted for the International Opera Awards 2014.


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A striking experiment in form, language and sound The Irish Times

RAYMOND SCANNELL Ireland

Deep

Written and performed by Raymond Scannell Directed by Tom Creed Designed by Ciarán O’Melia

It’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.

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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. Directed by Tom Creed, Deep features footage of club nights and interviews with key figures from the scene.

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A tale of love, tragedy and redemption as elegantly plotted as The Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free NME

Kate Tempest UK

Everybody Down IRISH PREMIERE Duration 80 mins approx.

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As Ms Tempest’s gorgeous streams of words flow out, they conjure a story so vivid it’s as if you had a state-of-the-art Blu-ray player stuffed into your brain The New York Times Barely a decade ago the teenage Kate Tempest was rapping to strangers on the London nightbus. Since then she’s emerged as one of the most exciting talents in the UK, an explosive rapper and a prolific performance poet, playwright and (soon) novelist whose work mines the drama in ordinary lives. Last year she toured her dramatic poem Brand New Ancients all over the UK and beyond, garnering both rave reviews and the Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry. 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. This is an over-18 event.


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Palimpsest: Intervention and Change in Irish Architecture Niall McCullough Ireland

Over the last century, the great buildings of Ireland have been subjected to a wide range of approaches to restoration and repair, with mixed results. But contemporary architecture firms are breathing fresh life into some of Ireland’s most iconic buildings with radical new visions and techniques. 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. Duration 90 mins approx.

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A Pianist’s A-Z

Alfred Brendel is not only one of the world’s greatest pianists; he is a defining presence who has changed the way we want to hear the major works of the piano repertory Susan Sontag Duration 75 mins approx.

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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, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, among others, have redefined the piano repertoire for modern audiences. His Irish recital appearances will live long in the memory of those who were present. Since he bid farewell to the concert stage in 2008, Brendel has continued to share his passion for music in lectures and masterclasses all over the world. 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.


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BENJAMIN BAGBY USA

Beowulf

This has been Bagby’s lifework … and those of us fortunate enough to experience it can only feel gratitude and awe The Washington Post Duration 80 mins approx.

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 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. Bagby – a specialist in medieval music and performance – first conceived the project in the 1980s and has been refining it ever since, mixing songs with dramatic recital and exquisite harp-playing to bring to life the story of Beowulf, the Geatish warrior who sails to Denmark to save his people from the fearsome monster Grendel. It’s a performance so expressive that it hardly needs surtitles (although they are provided), and his appearance at the Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the poem as it might have been performed in those candlelit Saxon halls. The first word of Beowulf is hwaet! (listen!). In Bagby’s hands it’s impossible to do anything else.

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Hot 8 Brass Band USA James Brown might have been the “hardest working man in showbusiness” but the Hot 8 Brass Band must be the hardest working band. Since forming at high school in the 1990s, this New Orleans brass band has played its way to the top, sometimes getting through nine gigs in a day. In recent years they’ve toured all over the world, supporting the likes of Lauryn Hill and Mary J Blige and releasing several acclaimed albums (including the Grammynominated The Life and Times Of…). Playing everything from Snoop Dogg tunes to a sizzling version of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’, Hot 8 take the rich jazz traditions of their home town and give them an irresistible makeover, throwing in Latin, gospel and funk, all delivered with buckets of hip-hop attitude. Their infectious, exuberant rhythms bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to the Set, and are guaranteed to have you on your feet. Bring your dancing shoes! Duration 80 mins approx. This is an over-18 event.

The Hot 8 Brass Band know how to throw a party The Irish Times

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Hugo Hamilton, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan Ireland [Every Single Minute] is a profound and moving account The Observer

Unravelling Oliver is a formidable debut The Irish Times

The Thing About December … is a novel to replenish the reader’s heart The Guardian Duration 60 mins approx.

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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 work, 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 gripping story that keeps the reader waiting to the end to uncover the true horror behind its shocking opening scene. Last year Donal Ryan’s debut, 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.

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Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies may have ensured him lasting fame, but Beethoven’s settings of Irish folk songs have been strangely overlooked. One reason may be that some of the texts added to Beethoven’s arrangements didn’t match the quality of the musical settings. But in recent years the late baritone Tomás Ó Súilleabháin set out to put that right, compiling a new edition of Beethoven’s settings - with texts taken from Thomas Moore, Robert Burns and others - which has just been published by DIT Conservatory of Music. Sadly Ó Súilleabháin died before his edition was published, but tonight’s concert, featuring mezzo-soprano Alison Browner, tenor Eamonn Mulhall and friends, offers a chance to hear Beethoven’s settings newly matched with these classic texts.


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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Italy In the Salento (the part of Puglia that forms the heel of Italy’s boot), the way to cure a spider’s bite is to dance. And dance. And dance. The dance is called the taranta, after the spider that induces it: frenzied and passionate, it puts the dancer in a trance. The music that accompanies it is played to an unstoppable rhythm, and its greatest exponent is Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino.

Electrifying, a whirlwind of rhythmic power and soulful melody RootsWorld

Italian bagpipes, blending traditional folk music with contemporary tunes in an explosive mix of passion, energy and rhythm. Its live performances to 100,000 people at the Notte della Taranta – one of Europe’s biggest festivals – are showstoppers, and in the cauldron of the Set the band is guaranteed to whip up a storm on their first visit to Ireland. Duration 90 mins approx. This is an over-18 event.

Formed by writer Rina Durante in 1975, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is Italy’s leading traditional music ensemble, and over forty years and 17 albums it has revitalised southern Italian song. Now led by Mauro Durante, the one-dancer, four-singer, seven-piece band employs everything from the bouzouki to the

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Lady Antonia Fraser

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Thomas Pakenham

Writing Lives: The Art of Historical Biography

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Fraser has the knack of making history not merely readable but irresistible

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The Sunday Times Duration 60 mins approx. In the 1960s biographies tended to be dry tomes written by fusty, pipe-smoking men. Then came Lady Antonia Fraser’s Mary Queen of Scots. Described by The Daily Telegraph as “one of the greatest international bestsellers of the post-war period”, the book reinvented the genre and launched Fraser’s career. Since then the biography has enjoyed a new lease of life, regularly outselling fiction at the top of the charts. But what makes a good historical biography, and how do writers go about approaching one? This special event brings together two of the most acclaimed biographers working today to examine the art of writing lives. Lady Antonia has published a string of acclaimed works, including biographies of Cromwell, Charles II and Marie Antoinette, while Roy Foster’s twovolume life of WB Yeats was hailed as a “masterclass in biography” (Colm Tóibín) and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. TUE

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Historic Irish Demesnes The turbulent history of great Irish houses and castles has taken several new turns in the last century, as they withstood or succumbed to a succession of upheavals, but the fate of their demesnes – the estate lands that accompanied them – has often been quite different. While some big houses survived and even thrived – whether as historic attractions or as hotels and spas – many demesnes were carved up and redistributed and today are known only from maps. In Kilkenny, the great Ormonde demesne has experienced mixed fortunes, dwindling over the years before gradually being restored and renewed by the Office of Public Works. In this fascinating talk, award-winning writer and historian Thomas Pakenham explores the rich history and uncertain future of the great Irish demesnes. A historian (author of classic works The Year of Liberty and The Scramble for Africa), custodian of Tullynally Castle in Westmeath, and a leading authority on trees, Pakenham is uniquely placed to examine the demesne from all angles, and this talk promises fresh insights into the lands that for centuries have been such an unmistakeable feature of the Irish landscape.

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My Brightest Diamond USA There are few corners of the musical spectrum where Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond) hasn’t made herself at home. Raised amid the sounds of Pentecostal church music, accordion and jazz piano, she studied opera at the University of North Texas before joining Sufjan Stevens on tour, and since then she has worked with a host of musicians from Laurie Anderson to David Byrne. Her solo work as My Brightest Diamond defies easy labels, mixing scintillating chamber pop with the tenderest folk, all held together by her spellbinding voice. For tonight’s gig Worden is joined both by her own band and by the stargaze ensemble for an exhilarating fusion of pop and classical. In the intimate surroundings of the Set this is a great chance to catch a genuinely original talent. Duration 75 mins approx. This is an over-18 event.

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Art-pop at its most stirring The Spin


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The Dodos USA Shara Worden USA & Special Guests

Programme David Lang: Death Speaks (Irish Premiere) with Shara Worden The Dodos: songs with new orchestral arrangements by stargaze (commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival and stargaze with support from Musicboard Berlin) Terry Riley: In C with guests Bill Frisell, The Heath Quartet, Cleek Schrey and more Duration 2 hrs 30 mins approx.

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Founded by conductor André de Ridder, stargaze is one of Europe’s most dynamic chamber orchestras. As well as performing as an ensemble, stargaze also devises and commissions a wide range of collaborative projects in the fields of contemporary pop, electronic and classical music, working with artists as varied as Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Mouse on Mars. For this spectacular gala event, stargaze comes together with Kilkenny Arts Festival to present three radically different projects that explore the possibilities for collaboration between pop and classical music. Part one of the programme sees stargaze join forces with The Dodos – an acclaimed indie band from San Francisco – for the debut performance of a series of fresh orchestral arrangements of The Dodos’ songs, commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival, stargaze

and Musicboard Berlin. Also on the bill for the first part is the Irish premiere of a new song cycle by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer David Lang. Death Speaks takes excerpts from some 32 Schubert songs on the theme of mortality and, loosely translating them into English, sets them to a new score performed by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and musicians from stargaze. The result is an exquisite sequence of songs both melancholy and profoundly beautiful. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Terry Riley’s In C, one of the founding masterpieces of minimalism. Every performance of In C is different, but this one will be truly unique, as stargaze are joined onstage by many of the Festival’s artists in residence for an epic feat of improvisation and an unforgettable climax to the evening.


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Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet

The Man Behind the Music Gerry Murphy Ireland

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Join us in the Parade Tower as Kilkenny County Council Arts Office presents this year’s Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet, launched by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins (see opposite page). The Broadsheet is a wellestablished publication giving local writers a platform for their work, and this year has seen a record number of submissions. Poems were selected by our guest editor for 2014, Enda Coyle-Greene, a widely published poet and winner of the 2006 Patrick Kavanagh Award, and this year’s Broadsheet is a typically rich mix of established poets and emerging talent. Copies will be available free from John’s Green House, the Festival box office and libraries around the county.

In this fascinating talk, Gerry Murphy takes an affectionate look at the life and times of this most uncompromising of composers, who transcended a wealth of personal troubles to create a body of work of unrivalled beauty and power.

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Gerry Murphy is a composer and former Head of Music at Gonzaga College, Ranelagh. His latest composition premieres at the New Ross Piano Festival in September, while the NSO performs his overture Good FridayBelfast: 10-4-98 as part of their 2015 season. A lifelong Beethoven enthusiast, last year he led a group of aficionados on a musical pilgrimage to the grave of the great composer in Vienna.

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The most popular poet in America

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The New York Times

Billy Collins USA The reader emerges from encounters with Collins as a wiser and far happier person Geoff Dyer Duration 60 mins approx.

Kilkenny Arts Festival is delighted to welcome Billy Collins as one of our artists in residence for 2014

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Billy Collins was in his forties before he began to publish his poetry in earnest, but since his collection, The Apple that Astonished Paris, appeared in 1988, he has been feted for his ability to uncover the wonder in the everyday and for a playful sense of humour that emerges in poems such as ‘Lines Composed Over Three Thousand Miles from Tintern Abbey’ or ‘Afternoon with Irish Cows’. Balancing critical and popular success with apparent ease, his recent collections have broken sales records in the US, while he has received the most prestigious awards in American letters, including a term as Poet Laureate of the United States. His public readings are barnstorming performances, and his appearance in the Parade Tower promises to be no exception. POETRY WORKSHOP WITH BILLY COLLINS Friday 15 August, 11am-1pm, The Heritage Council Billy Collins leads an intimate workshop for poets, focusing on the progress of a poem as it moves through itself in search of an ending. Participation is by application: please email info@poetryireland.ie for further details. Places are limited to 12. In partnership with Poetry Ireland


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The Diplomatic Coffee Club Seán Ó hUiginn Ireland

In this intimate, informal event, one of Ireland’s most eminent public servants and a key strategist of the Northern Ireland peace process discusses Irish foreign policy in conversation with Festival Director Eugene Downes in the cosy 16th-century surroundings of The Hole in the Wall. Complimentary gourmet coffees will be served. In his forty-year career in the Irish Foreign Service, Seán Ó hUiginn served as Ambassador to the United States, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Denmark. As Joint Secretary of the Anglo-Irish Secretariat, and later Second Secretary-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, he played a central role in the evolution of the peace process for a decade from the late 1980s.

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A Story in Stone: Irish Medieval Stonecarvers & their Patrons Eamonn Kelly Ireland

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Though Kilkenny is known as a bastion of Anglo-Norman power, the city originally developed under the patronage of the kings of Ossory. During the early medieval period, Ossory developed a famous sculptural tradition, characterised by the erection of beautifully carved high crosses and, in later years, by finely carved and decorated tombs, several of which have been recently restored at St Mary’s Hall. In this fascinating talk Eamonn Kelly explores Kilkenny’s rich sculptural heritage, examining some of the finest carved stonework in the region.

Eamonn P. Kelly is the Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland. He has worked on major exhibitions there as well as in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Spain, Holland, Italy, Japan and Australia. He has lectured extensively in Ireland and abroad and has published on a wide range of archaeological topics, including works on Irish Sheela-na-Gigs and Early Celtic Art in Ireland.


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Gems of the Baroque IRISH BAROQUE ORCHESTRA CHAMBER SOLOISTS Ireland

& DEIRDRE MOYNIHAN soprano Moynihan’s singing goes straight to the heart … unfailingly beautiful in tone

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International Record Review

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Un’ alma innamorata, HWV 173

ANTONIO VIVALDI Allor che lo sguardo, RV 650

ARCANGELO CORELLI Sonata op. 5, no. 5 in G minor Vivaldi wrote some 40 cantatas in the Neapolitan style, from joyful Arcadian pieces to songs expressing the sorrows of unrequited love. For this afternoon concert, the Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists perform two of his best-known cantatas, interspersed with delightful pieces by his fellow Baroque masters. Sung by Cork soprano Deirdre Moynihan, these cantatas display all the elegance and subtlety of Vivaldi’s style. Deirdre Moynihan has performed with many operatic, orchestral, choral and chamber groups throughout Ireland and on the international stage, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Crash Ensemble and RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet. She has won widespread acclaim for her Baroque performances, and her recording of Vivaldi cantatas on the Naxos label was enthusiastically received earlier this year.

ANTONIO VIVALDI Lungi dal vago volto, RV 680 Duration 70 mins approx.

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MARBLE CITY SESSIONS

Festival Finale


After ten days and nights of bold experiment and artistic fusion, the 41st Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Marble City Sessions climax in this unique gala bringing together many of our artists in residence for an evening of one-off collaborations. Under the magnificent vaulted ceiling of St Canice’s, scene of so many memorable Festival moments, a wealth of stars will take to the stage, including all five members of The Gloaming, Bill Frisell, Billy Collins and Sam Amidon, among many others. Unexpected pairings and surprise guests will deliver a magical finale that is sure to live long in the memory.

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Festival Wrap Party Join us in the Set to round off the Festival in style, as DJ Sally Cinnamon keeps the vibe going into the wee small hours. This is an over-18 event.

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Secret Garden Music Within Kilkenny’s medieval centre lie some of Ireland’s finest historic urban gardens, ranging from the formal splendour of the Castle’s Rose Garden to the secret pleasures of Butler House Gardens, and from the only 17th-century merchant’s garden in Ireland at Rothe House to the secluded lawns of the former Bishop’s Palace in the Cathedral Close, now the Heritage Council. In a new initiative this year, Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Secret Garden Music. The gardens are secret, and so are the artists. Twice each afternoon, these stunning historic gardens will come alive with free pop-up 15-minute concerts. Major international artists in residence at the Festival will be performing – but you have to be there to find out who! These free concerts are suitable for all the family. Duration 15 mins approx. Performances are subject to weather conditions.

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ST MARY’S HALL

Outside In

Max Streicher Canada

Curator: Josephine Kelliher St Mary’s Church (now St Mary’s Hall) has been at the heart of Kilkenny for over 800 years. Built as a chapel for the castle, it was one of the most prestigious parish churches in medieval Ireland and, over the centuries, has served as a focal point for the city. Deconsecrated in the 1950s, the church was a parish hall for some years, but in 2009 Kilkenny Borough Council embarked on an ambitious project designed to restore it to a central place in city life. For the duration of the Festival, visitors have a unique opportunity to view the interior of the church, stripped back to reveal its true volume, before the next phase of development begins. For Kilkenny Arts Festival, Canadian artist Max Streicher fills the interior with animated clouds suspended from the transept and the nave. The near weightlessness of these forms enables them to rustle and shift, responding with surprising subtlety to the action of air within and without. The writer Alain de Botton describes how the artist John Constable’s cloud studies invite us to concentrate on the distinctive textures and shapes of individual clouds, thereby making natural, everyday skies appear both more available and more intense to us. Similarly, Max Streicher’s cloud sculptures are facsimiles of the real experience, and their installation in St Mary’s Hall an evocation of those images in a place where historically we have been allowed a moment of communal meditation, at a remove from the everyday. Streicher turns things “outside in”: his trembling cloud forms envelope us and ground us in the present.

TWO LECTURES ADDRESSING THE PAST AND FUTURE OF ST MARY’S HALL PALIMPSEST: INTERVENTION AND CHANGE IN IRISH ARCHITECTURE Parade Tower Sunday 10 August 3.30pm Niall McCullough, one of Ireland’s leading architects, proposes a radical re-appraisal of Irish architectural traditions. For details see page 28. A STORY IN STONE: MEDIEVAL IRISH STONECARVERS AND THEIR PATRONS Parade Tower Sunday 17 August 4.30pm Eamonn Kelly traces the story of medieval and Renaissance stonecarving in Ireland, exemplified by the high crosses and funerary monuments of St Mary’s Hall. For details see page 40.

Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist based in Toronto. He has exhibited across Canada, Europe and Asia. Recent projects have been presented in Germany, Singapore, Spain and India.

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Kunst und Kirche (Art and Church) Dr Guido Schlimbach Introduced by Josephine Kelliher

Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne is both a functioning Catholic church and an exhibition venue. The church houses some permanent artworks, like The Crucifixion of St Peter by Peter Paul Rubens, but in the late 1980s Jesuit priest Pater Friedhelm Mennekes initiated a bold exhibition programme that has turned Sankt Peter’s into a key player in the contemporary art scene in Germany. A roster of international artists including Christian Boltanski, Jenny Holzer, Martin Creed, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and Thomas Bayrle have all been invited to make work that conducts a dialogue between religion, art and current affairs within the space of the church. In this talk Dr Guido Schlimbach, curator at Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, explores the challenges of curating contemporary art in sacred spaces. Art is not seen as an illustration of religion here, but as a free and autonomous means of expression, inviting us to explore our experiences of both faith and doubt.

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BUTLER GALLERY

Marilyn Lerner USA

Circle In The Square The Butler Gallery is delighted to host Ireland’s first exhibition of the New York-based painter Marilyn Lerner. Lerner is an extraordinary artist who has been committed to making abstract geometric paintings for over forty years. Her oil paintings are painted on wooden panels with bevelled edges so that they almost float off the wall. They are highly skillful compositions that articulate her experiences through form, pattern and colour. Geometric abstraction is present among many cultures throughout history, both as decorative motifs and as art pieces themselves. Lerner has travelled extensively through North Africa and South East Asia and these trips have informed her work and made the language of geometry the focus of her work. Marilyn Lerner has exhibited widely, most recently at Terrazo Art Projects in New York. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and her work features in many public and private collections. Lerner lives and works in New York City where she has long taught at the renowned School of Visual Arts.

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SOLAS Squared Inspired by Marilyn Lerner’s exhibition at the Butler Gallery, we invite children aged between 5 and 12 years to explore explosive colour, playful pattern and fascinating form at these creative workshops. After learning about the artist’s working process, participants will have a chance to make their own art using a variety of innovative techniques and materials. The meeting point for all participants is at the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny Castle, where they will begin their activities by visiting ‘Circle in The Square’. SOLAS is open to all children aged between 5 and 12 years. Booking is essential.

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BUTLER GALLERY, THE CASTLE, KILKENNY BUTLER GALLERY OPENING

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Marilyn Lerner, Center Point, 2011. Oil on wood, 101 x 76 cm; 40 x 30 in. © the artist; courtesy Butler Gallery

MEETING POINT: BUTLER GALLERY MONDAY 11 – FRIDAY 15 AUGUST 11AM – 12.30PM ADMISSION €5 PER CHILD


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Róisín de Buitléar, Irish Incantation/Ortha. Glass. Photo: Fionán O’Connell

Resonance

Róisín de Buitléar & Karen Donnellan Ireland Curator: Angela O’Kelly Resonance brings together two artists whose innovative work explores the sonic qualities of glass. Róisín de Buitléar’s Irish Incantation/Ortha is a series of glass sound objects made to create an Irish incantation, a harmony of voice, object and Irish soul. When played by different hands and breaths of phrasing and rhythm, they become an evolving conversation. Liam Ó Maonlaí will perform with the sound objects in the Set Theatre on Friday 8 August (see page 21). Karen Donnellan’s work is concerned with the intangible essence of things. Informed by her interest in the metaphysical, her work draws on a wide range of media including blown and cast glass, woodturning, sound,

light and film. Working with composer Alma Kelliher, her work explores the boundaries of sound technology and experimental glass art. In Gallery 1, Karen and Róisín have developed an interactive glass sound experience, using objects found in everyday life, that enables visitors to try out their own music.

OPENING NATIONAL CRAFT GALLERY, CASTLE YARD MON-SAT 10AM-5.30PM, SUN 11AM-5.30PM SAT

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(EXCEPT SUN 17 AUG: 11AM-1PM AND 5-7PM) CURATOR & ARTIST TALK SAT 9 AUGUST 3PM ADMISSION FREE


National Craft Gallery

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Installation

Tinkling Chimes with Carrie Lynam 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 dropin workshop will allow creativity to bloom, all ages welcome.

Children’s Workshops

NATIONAL CRAFT GALLERY CASTLE YARD FRI 8, SAT 9 & SUN 10 AUGUST 2-5PM

Workshops are free. Book by calling the Festival box office from 7 July. Due to limited capacity, maximum of one workshop per child per day. Parents/guardians must stay in the Castle Yard area during workshops.

Sound Makers with Saidhbhín Gibson Taking inspiration from the exhibition at the National Craft Gallery, this fun workshop with artist Saidhbhín Gibson gets creative with recycled bottles, using them to create colourful and unique music makers to take home. Children are asked to bring a plastic bottle with them to fill, decorate and make new sound instruments! Karen Donnellan, O. Glass. Photo: Will Styer

INTERACT WITH SOUND Gallery 1 An informal percussion evening on Tuesday 12 August at 5.30pm. See www.nationalcraftgallery.ie for details.

Cast Clay Bells with Ciara O’Sullivan Get musical and assist ceramic artist Ciara O’Sullivan to create a jingling bell installation, learning to slip cast your own clay bell. Once cast, each bell can be decorated and will be fired in a kiln by Ciara to create an installation for Castle Yard. Make sure to come back for Culture Night to see your installation!

Printed Funky Ts with Caroline Ryan Inspired by our musical exhibition, come along and print your very own funky-music-inspired T-shirt to take home with you. Join in some printing fun and learn a new craft skill with craftsperson and textile designer Caroline Ryan, to create a silkscreenprinted masterpiece. Children must bring a washed cotton T-shirt with them to print on. NATIONAL CRAFT GALLERY, CASTLE YARD TUES 12, WED 13 & THURS 14 AUGUST ALL OF THE ABOVE WORKSHOPS RUN AT 2PM, 3PM & 4PM AGES 5-13 DURATION 45 MINS PER WORKSHOP


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THE ARK & IMPROVISED MUSIC COMPANY PRESENT

Monster Music Improv PREMIERE

Join outstanding guitarist and technology whizz Shane Latimer, acclaimed vocalist and improviser Lauren Kinsella (winner of the 2013 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize) and inventive cartoonist Patrick Sanders for a music performance with a difference.

The musicians will create funky jazzy melodies on the spot, while Patrick draws cool cartoons of the music and projects them live! Expect lots of spontaneous music fun, some well-known tunes, fantastic cartoons and strange spooky sounds thrown in for good measure. A music improvisation and visual adventure not to be missed!

Cartoon Saloon Workshops Puffin Rock with Nuria Blanco

Puffin Rock is a brand new animated series for pre-schoolers, narrated by Chris O’Dowd. Nuria Blanco, Production Manager of Puffin Rock, talks through the process of making the cartoon, from first sketches to final animation. The talk will be followed by a screening of some of Cartoon Saloon’s award-winning cartoons.

An Introduction to Animation & Special FX

Character Design & Animation

Jeremy Purcell shows you how he put the sea in Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon’s forthcoming film), in this in-depth Special Effects workshop that takes you through the process of adding effects to a film, from inspiration to the finished movie.

Learn how to draw cartoon characters and how to storyboard for animated films in this exciting workshop with Fabian Erlinghauser, Animation Supervisor on Song of the Sea.

CARTOON SALOON SATURDAY 9 AUGUST 3PM AGE 16+ DURATION 90 MINS APPROX. ADMISSION €14/€13

BARNSTORM THEATRE SUNDAY 10 AUGUST 11AM AGE 9-12 DURATION 90 MINS APPROX. ADMISSION €5

with Jeremy Purcell

with Fabian Erlinghauser

PARADE TOWER SATURDAY 9 AUGUST 11AM AGE 9-12 DURATION 90 MINS APPROX. ADMISSION €5


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BARNSTORM THEATRE SATURDAY 16 AUGUST 2.30PM & 4.30PM SUNDAY 17 AUGUST 12PM & 2PM AGES 5+ DURATION 50 MINS APPROX. ADMISSION €8

Street Shows

THE FANZINI BROTHERS

THE FANZINI BROTHERS

Ireland

Ireland

Meet Funky Fi: she’s fun, she’s funky and just a little bit clumsy, which doesn’t help when you’re trying to climb a five-metre-high pole! Suitable for all ages, Funky Fidelma is an interactive street show filled with clowning, circus skills and amazing acrobatics.

World-famous boffin Professor Plunger returns to the streets of Kilkenny to unveil his greatest invention: his hair! His riotous new show features dancing, plungers, hair and a spectacular (or at least, noisy) finale involving bells.

Ali Acrobat brings his nonstop rollercoaster of infectious fun and jaw-dropping skill to Kilkenny. Fun for all the family!

SAT 9 AUG CANAL WALK 12PM MacDONAGH JUNCTION 3PM

SAT 9 AUG THE PARADE 1PM CANAL WALK 4PM

SAT 16 AUG MacDONAGH JUNCTION 2PM THE PARADE 4PM

SUN 10 AUG THE PARADE 12PM CANAL WALK 3PM

SUN 10 AUG MacDONAGH JUNCTION 1PM THE PARADE 4PM

SUN 17 AUG THE PARADE 2PM CANAL WALK 4PM

DURATION 30 MINS APPROX. ADMISSION FREE

DURATION 45 MINS APPROX. ADMISSION FREE

DURATION 45 MINS APPROX. ADMISSION FREE

Funky Fidelma Ireland

Professor Plunger Ali Acrobat


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Save money on a range of shows throughout the Festival!

A Trio of Quartets

Marble City Sessions

Any 3 Beethoven lunchtime concerts (p.4) for only €33 save up to 14!

€80 combination ticket for Ghost Trio 12 Aug, Laghdú 14 Aug, Bill Frisell & Friends 15 Aug, Bill Frisell Solo 16 Aug, Thomas Bartlett & Friends/This Is How We Fly 16 Aug (pp12-17) - save up to 32!

A Quintet of Quartets Any 5 Beethoven lunchtime concerts (p.4) for only €50 save up to 29!

Beethoven Quartet Cycle All 10 Beethoven lunchtime concerts (p.4) for only €90 save up to 69!

Proud Basiani Two great St Canice’s concerts for €30: Basiani 8 Aug (p.20) & Malcolm Proud 9 Aug (p.22) - save up to 12!

Beethoven Concerto Cycle Both nights of Beethoven Piano Concertos (p.6) for €48 save up to 13!

Deep Tempest See two young stars for €25: Kate Tempest 9 Aug (p.27) & pick a performance of Deep (p.26) - save up to 12!

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Much Ado About Nothing (p.8), 17 Aug 2pm 4 tickets for a Family €75 - save up to 32!

See both Thomas Pakenham and his sister Lady Antonia Fraser for €20 (12-13 Aug, p.34) - save up to 7!

See both Alfred Brendel (p.29) and Beowulf (p.30) on 10 Aug for €27 - save up to 9!


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Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014 Schedule Friday 08

Saturday 09

Sunday 10

Basiani Ensemble 8pm, p.20

Malcolm Proud 11am, p.22

Alfred Brendel: A Pianist’s A-Z 6pm, p.29

Hubert Butler Lecture 5:30pm, p.23

Monday 11

Tuesday 12

Acis and Galatea 8pm, p.24

Castle Yard

Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing 7.30pm, p.8 7.30pm, p.8 7.30pm, p.8 7.30pm, p.8 7.30pm, p.8

Castle Park

Pentalum 10am-6pm, p.18

Parade Tower

Pentalum 10am-6pm, p.18

Pentalum 12pm-6pm, p.18

Pentalum 12pm-6pm, p.18

Dr Guido Schlimbach Art and Church 2pm, p.47

Palimpsest: Intervention and Change in Irish Architecture 3.30pm, p.28

Lady Antonia Fraser & Roy Foster 6pm, p.34

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino 9.30pm, p.33

Set Theatre

Liam Ó Maonlaí 10.30pm, p.21

Kate Tempest 10.30pm, p.27

Hot 8 Brass Band 9.30pm, p.31

St John’s Priory

Beethoven Quest: Quartets I 1pm, p.04

Beethoven Quest: Quartets II 1pm, p.04

Beethoven Quest: Quartets III 1pm, p.04

Beethoven Quest: Quartets IV 1pm, p.04

Watergate Theatre

Beowulf 8pm, p.30

Hugo Hamilton, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan 6pm, p.32

Cleere’s Theatre

Deep 9pm, p.26

Deep 9pm, p.26

Rothe House

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Conor O’Callaghan & Peter Sirr 3.30pm, p.22

Much Ado Director’s Talk 5pm, p.08

Beethoven Quest: Quartets V 1pm, p.04

Other Venues

Beethoven Quest: The Irish Songbook Long Gallery, Kilkenny Castle 8pm, p.32

Ghost Trio Black Abbey 8pm, p.12

FREE EVENTS Butler House Gardens

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Heritage Council Garden

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

Kilkenny Castle Rose Garden

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Rothe House Garden

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

St Mary’s Hall

Outside In Opening 12pm, p.46

Outside In 11am-5.30pm, p.46

Outside In 11am-5.30pm, p.46

Outside In 11am-5.30pm, p.46

Butler Gallery

Marilyn Lerner Opening 3pm, p.48

Marilyn Lerner 10am-5.30pm, p.48

Marilyn Lerner 10am-5.30pm, p.48

Marilyn Lerner 10am-5.30pm, p.48

National Craft Gallery

Resonance Opening 4pm, p.50

Resonance 11am-5.30pm, p.50

Resonance 10am–5.30pm, p.50

Resonance 10am–5.30pm, p.50

Streets of Kilkenny

Funky Fidelma p.53 Professor Plunger p.53

Funky Fidelma p.53 Professor Plunger p.53


Wednesday 13

Thursday 14

Friday 15

Saturday 16

Sunday 17

The Gloaming & special guests 8pm, p.13

stargaze with The Dodos, Shara Worden & more 8pm, p.36

Beethoven Quest: Concertos I 8pm, p.7

Beethoven Quest: Concertos II 8pm, p.7

Festival Finale 8pm, p.42

Tinkling Chimes National Craft Gallery Fri 8, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Aug 2pm p.51

Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing 7.30pm, p.8 7.30pm, p.8 7.30pm, p.8 2pm & 7.30pm, p.8 Pentalum 12pm-6pm, p.18

Pentalum 12pm-6pm, p.18

Pentalum 12pm-6pm, p.18

Pentalum 10am-6pm, p.18

Thomas Pakenham 6pm, p.34

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet 5pm, p.38

Beethoven Quest: A Story in Stone: The Man Behind the Music Irish Medieval 3pm, p.38 Stonecarvers 4.30pm, p.40 Billy Collins 6pm, p.39

My Brightest Diamond 10.30pm, p.35

Bill Frisell & Friends 10.30pm, p.15

Thomas Bartlett & Friends/ This Is How We Fly 9pm, p.17

Festival Wrap Party 10.30pm, p.43

Beethoven Quest: Quartets VIII 1pm, p.04

Beethoven Quest: Quartets IX 1pm, p.04

Beethoven Quest: Quartets X 1pm, p.04

Lear Project 6pm, p.10

Conversations with the Cast of Much Ado 4pm, p.08

Lear Project 6pm, p.10

Beethoven Quest: Quartets VI 1pm, p.04

Beethoven Quest: Quartets VII 1pm, p.04

Deep 9pm, p.26

Deep 9pm, p.26

Lear Project 6pm, p.10

Deep 9pm, p.26

Deep 9pm, p.26

Pentalum 10am-6pm, p.18

Deep 9pm, p.26

Laghdú 6pm, p.14

Doug Wieselman River Court Hotel Terrace 2.30pm, p.16

Diplomatic Coffee Club Hole in the Wall 11am, p.40

Bill Frisell Solo Left Bank 4pm, p.15

Gems of the Baroque Black Abbey 3pm, p.41

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 3pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

Secret Garden Music 4pm, p.44

Outside In 11am-5.30pm, p.46

Outside In 11am-5.30pm, p.46

Outside In 11am-5.30pm, p.46

Outside In 11am-5.30pm, p.46

Outside In 11am-5.30pm, p.46

Marilyn Lerner 10am-5.30pm, p.48

Marilyn Lerner 10am-5.30pm, p.48

Marilyn Lerner 10am-5.30pm, p.48

Marilyn Lerner 10am-5.30pm, p.48

Marilyn Lerner 10am-5.30pm, p.48

Resonance 10am–5.30pm, p.50

Resonance 10am–5.30pm, p.50

Resonance 10am–5.30pm, p.50

Resonance 10am–5.30pm, p.50

Resonance 11am-1pm, 5-7pm, p.50

Ali Acrobat p.53

WORKSHOPS

Ali Acrobat p.53

Puffin Rock Parade Tower Sat 9 Aug 11am p.52 An Introduction to Animation & Special FX Cartoon Saloon Sat 9 Aug 3pm p.52 Character Design & Animation Barnstorm Theatre Sun 10 Aug 11am p.52 SOLAS Squared Butler Gallery Mon 11 – Fri 15 Aug 11am – 12.30pm p.49 Interact with Sound National Craft Gallery Tues 12 Aug 5.30pm p.51 Sound Makers National Craft Gallery Tues 12, Wed 13 & Thurs 14 Aug 2pm, 3pm & 4pm p.51 Cast Clay Bell National Craft Gallery Tues 12, Wed 13 & Thurs 14 Aug 2pm, 3pm & 4pm p.51 Printed Funky Ts National Craft Gallery Tues 12, Wed 13 & Thurs 14 Aug 2pm, 3pm & 4pm p.51 Monster Music Improv Barnstorm Theatre Sat 16 Aug 2.30pm & 4.30pm Sun 17 Aug 12pm & 2pm p.52


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Kilkenny Arts Festival Programme 2014  

10-day arts festival jam-packed with energetic, eclectic events. Join us in Kilkenny, Ireland 8 – 17 August 2014.

Kilkenny Arts Festival Programme 2014  

10-day arts festival jam-packed with energetic, eclectic events. Join us in Kilkenny, Ireland 8 – 17 August 2014.

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