Saturday 20 December 2014

Serenading Georgians kick-start arts festival

Danielle Stephens

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

he Basiani Ensemble from Georgia were serenading six year old Elsa Marhuenda from Spain in the gardens of Kilkenny Castle to mark the opening day of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014. Photo: Pat Moore.
he Basiani Ensemble from Georgia were serenading six year old Elsa Marhuenda from Spain in the gardens of Kilkenny Castle to mark the opening day of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014. Photo: Pat Moore.
o mark the opening of the Kilkenny Arts Festival today, The Heath Quartet (acclaimed UK String Quartet) Cerys Jones violin, Oliver Heath, violin, Gary Pomeroy, viola and Christopher Murray, cello, pictured in the magical giant inflatable luminarium (Pentalum) in Kilkenny Castle Park. Photo: Pat Moore.

One of Ireland's most magical outdoor events will see artists from all over the world descend on the medieval city of Kilkenny.

More than 45,000 people are expected to turn out for the 10-day Kilkenny Arts Festival, which is one of the summer's biggest tourist attractions.

Renowned for its historical setting, the festival brings the modern man back to medieval life with its narrow, winding streets and views of its old castle.

Globally acclaimed Irish group, The Gloaming, will be one of the highlights of the festival, as they perform some of their traditional Irish ballads.

The Basiani Ensemble served up a treat on the opening day of the event, playing in front of a crowd in St Canice's Cathedral.

The arts festival marked the male-voice choir's Irish debut as they promoted 'Polyphony' - a medieval, Georgian type of singing.

Some of the world's leading acting/musical ensembles will join the Georgian group in the next few days, including Shakespeare's Globe. The group, which originated in the UK, will perform 'Much Ado About Nothing' in the Castle Yard every evening at 7.30pm.

Exhibitions will also feature as part of this year's festival, which will show the works of both domestic and international artists.

Tickets are priced from €13.

Irish Independent

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