Monday 11 December 2017

City on a high as culture vultures flock to festival

Conor Kane

DOWNTURN or no downturn, if you put on a show, the crowds will come -- as they've been proving in the Marble City over the past few days.

Since this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival opened on Friday night, ticket sales have been whirring merrily and tills have been ringing brightly as the visual arts, music, poetry and stories continue to attract those with an eye for culture and fun.

Tonight, the event takes on a topical turn as the treatment given by Hollywood to our unique sport of hurling comes under the spotlight.

With Kilkenny in yet another All-Ireland final, the time appears right for NUI Galway's Dr Sean Crosson to take a look at various long-forgotten films portraying the national game in all its guts and glory.

Some of the weekend's major events included the double act of novelist Joseph O'Connor and Philip King with their stories and song on Friday night. Their appearance was sold out, as was the appearance of Paul Durcan on Saturday.

Upcoming highlights include readings by John Banville and Hugo Hamilton on Thursday, as well as a debate on Friday on 40 years of feminism, featuring contributions from Nell McCafferty and others.

Irish Independent

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