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Kilkenny Arts Festival: Phil Selway, Oumou Sangaré, Ichiko Aoba, Katie Kim & Elaine Howley announced

Kilkenny Arts Festival: Phil Selway, Oumou Sangaré, Ichiko Aoba, Katie Kim & Elaine Howley announced


Kilkenny Arts Festival has announces its programme for its 50th edition to take place from August 10th to 20th this summer.

The programme of music, arts, dance, visual art, theatre and more this year features Malian Wassoulou musician Oumou Sangaré with her 7-piece band, Radiohead’s Philip Selway with Irish Chamber Orchestra at St. Canice’s Cathedral, Japanese folk artist Ichiko Aoba, Katie Kim and Elaine Howley, will deliver individual performances alongside a short film screening by Bob Gallagher.

  • Philip Selway with Irish Chamber Orchestra
  • Oumou Sangaré
  • Ichiko Aoba
  • Katie Kim & Elaine Howley
  • Dónal Dineen’s Backstory
  • Iarla Ó Lionáird, Cormac McCarthy & Matthew Berrill
  • Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman
  • Iarla Ó Lionáird and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra of Neil Martin’s Sweeney with narration by Ciarán Hinds
  • Brìghde Chaimbeul
  • Martin Hayes
  • Kate Ellis
  • Crash Ensemble with Diamanda La Berge Dramm & Sam Amidon
  • Manchán Magan & Other World

This year the Festival has partnered with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a song cycle based on Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Sweeney Astray’. Composed by Neil Martin and conducted by David Brophy, with vocals from Iarla Ó Lionáird and narration by Ciarán Hinds, Sweeney brings Heaney’s words to life alongside the full orchestra.

There’s plenty more of course not music-related including an audio visual installation projected on the walls of Kilkenny Castlethe return of the Architects of Air – this time with their Timisien luminarium; the premiere of The Local, a new site immersive theatre work from Asylum Productions; a visual arts exhibition exploring The Art of Spor and a discussion series commemorating Seamus Heaney’s appearance at the very first Kilkenny Arts Festival 50 years ago. 

Download the programme HERE


See the website at

By phone and in person from 19 July at: +353 56 775 2175 

The Festival Box Office 76 John Street, Kilkenny 

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