Wednesday 21 March 2018

Indie folk group Villagers, actor Stephen Rea, and fiddler Martin Hayes announced for Kilkenny Arts Festival

Conor O'Brien, aka Villagers
Conor O'Brien, aka Villagers
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Irish actor Stephen Rea, fiddler Martin Hayes, indie folk band Villagers, and poet Paul Muldoon are some of the big names who will perform at the Kilkenny Arts Festival next month.

The festival will take place from August 5-14 in the Marble city.

The Festival will also feature Ireland’s largest-ever celebration of Mozart, featuring some of the world’s most renowned musicians.

Other highlights will include Footsbarn Theatre, Ricky Skaggs, Loudon Wainwright III, Sir András Schiff, Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Christian Blackshaw, Alina Ibragimova, Mark Padmore, Heath Quartet, Mick O’Dea, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and Jörg Widmann.

Festival Director Eugene Downes said: “The 2016 Festival this year offers visitors a series of magical artistic experiences, from once-in-a-lifetime musical odysseys to Footsbarn’s famous theatre tent, from groundbreaking collaborations across artistic and cultural boundaries to secret pop-up performances and late-night adventures in the woods – all taking place in the spellbinding ancient buildings, streets, gardens and parks of the medieval city.”

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