Kilkenny Arts Festival set to illuminate city and our imaginations
By COLIN BARTLEY
THE 46th Kilkenny Arts Festival is ready to come alive, and this year the festival is coming to the people.
Much of the exhibitions and performances are happening out in the open this year bringing one of Ireland’s biggest festivals right to the public.
The event starts tomorrow and is set to wow and illuminate its audience up until next Sunday week.
Historic spaces around the city and county, such as St. Canice’s Cathedral, the Black Abbey, the Castle Yard, and Callan town centre will house spectacular productions.
Two light shows will illuminate the city as the multi-sensory fLux set in the grounds of St. Canice’s Cathedral mixes a light show and projections, with live sounds. It happens this Friday at 9.30pm.
The walls of Kilkenny Castle will be used as a projector screen for four nights next weekend, August 14 to August 17 in a late-night light extravaganza.
Callan will be the setting for the performance of the adaptation of Kilkenny author Thomas Kilroy’s Booker-nominated novel, The Big Chapel. The outdoor moving performance of the Calla Schools’ Affair’ called The Big Chapel X happens Saturday 18th at 9 pm.
Other major events at this year’s festival include concerts featuring globally acclaimed artists such as Victoria de los Angeles, Alfred Brendel, Jordi Savall, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Nigel Kennedy and Joshua Bell, among many others.
Mindfulness and wellbeing are essential parts of the festival, with family events, the secret garden, and yoga in the castle grounds all happening.
Olga Barry is the festival director and has managed to gather a blend of modern, classical and traditional arts and culture into the programme which is set to amaze and enthrall all visitors to the festival over the next ten days.