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SOME of the world's leading artists and performers are expected to draw thousands to this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival.

An eclectic mix of music, dance and street theatre will feature throughout the 10-day festival, which begins on August 7 and runs until August 16.

This year's line-up will include a special celebration of the music of J.S. Bach, and DruidShakespeare's adaptation of Richard II, along with parts one and two of Henry IV and Henry V.

Marble City Sessions will be hosted and co-curated by fiddler Martin Hayes, and A Festival Portrait will see painter Mick O'Dea paint and sketch festival artists and events involved in this year's get-together.

Also in attendance will be former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky as the festival's poet-in-residence.

A range of exhibitions will feature the works of both domestic and international artists.

Irish Independent