Festivals

Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival 2017

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May

kilkennyroots.com

Since 1998, The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana canon; acts like Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell… the list is very long, and these are but a small few names who have been drawn to the magnet of the Marble City Mardi Gras in the past. All forms of what we like to call Americana are well represented over the four days.

From midday to midnight audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 30 acts from Ireland, USA, Canada, UK and Sweden, with over 80 ticketed and free shows. There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles will be catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues.

 

Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2017

Thursday 1st to Monday 5th June


Rated as one of the five best comedy festivals in the world The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has become an annual diary fixture for both comedy fans and comedians alike. The festival has consistently showcased world-class comedians and captivated comedy fans for the last 20 years and has grown from a small event in 1994 comprising of a handful of shows to an internationally acclaimed festival which showcases the very best in renowned Irish and international comedy acts as well as newcomers and break through acts.

The fact that no shows are recorded and there are no competitions means the performers are relaxed, there for the fun and usually on top form. Annually the festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors to Kilkenny.

 

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017

Friday 11th to Sunday 20th August

www.kilkennyarts.ie

For 10 days each August, Kilkenny comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment. This festival now draws more than 80,000 visitors annually to enjoy 10 days of cutting edge art. The 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.

Now in its 44th year, the festival showcases the following art forms; theatre & dance, classical music, jazz/new world & trad, visual art, film, literature, street and a young people’s programme, each discipline being curated by an expert in their individual field. So come to Kilkenny, be part of the festival and experience the arts in a way you will never forget!

 

Savour Kilkenny: Festival of Food 

Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October 2017

www.savourkilkenny.com

This year Savour are proud to be celebrating their 11th year of Savour Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s favourite food festivals. They’re planning an even bigger festival this year, building on the huge success of 2016, and they’ll be featuring fabulous food events, welcoming back the ever popular Savour Village - a foodie heaven with heaps of deliciously tempting food stalls, more celebrity Chef cooking demos, talks, workshops, competitions and unique dining events.

 

Kilkenomics 2017

Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th November

www.kilkenomics.com

2017 will mark the 8th edition of Kilkenomics - Europe’s first economics festival - which brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We’ve been called “Davos with jokes” and we wouldn’t disagree with that assessment. Our informal, entertaining formats invite our audiences to engage and enjoy. As we like to say: it’s serious, but it’s fun too! Jump into Kilkenomics now and engage with as many shows as possible, equip yourself with the information and insight we hope can help us all make smart choices for our futures - inform and entertain yourselves.

 

Subtitle European Film Festival 

Monday 20th to Sunday 26th November 2017

www.subtitlefest.com

SUBTITLE is Ireland’s newest film festival and a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex. And a chance to meet their makers and stars. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then SUBTITLE is for you.

Subtitled films are all serious, difficult and end unhappily, right? Wrong! There’s a world of filmmakers across Europe creating films that have delighted audiences across the world with their comedy, tragedy, intelligence and beauty. And we’re bringing some of the best of these films together from across the last decade to Kilkenny in November. So join us this November. Come and see the films, meet the makers and admire the talent!