Festivals Kilkenny

Kilkenny Animated - A Festival of Visual Storytelling


23-25 February 2018

Hosted by twice-Oscar nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon

The festival will celebrate the creativity and craft of the many aspects of animation, cartoons and illustration set among Kilkenny’s medieval streets and slipways. This is all against the background of the huge success of Cartoon Saloon, established nearly 20 years ago by Tomm Moore, Paul Young and recent Golden Globe nominee, Nora Twomey.

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Kilkenny Tradfest 2018

16th – 18th March 2018

The festival will host events for all ages, including workshops, the Bulmers music trail, Ceili’s, St Patrick’s Day festival and more.

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Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018


Friday 4th to Monday 7th May 2018

The Kilkenny Roots Festival has been attracting some of the best known names in country, folk, bluegrass, cajun and rockabilly since 1998. Over the four days of the Festival all forms of what is commonly known as Americana music can be heard in a number of venues across the city.

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Cat Laughs Festival 2018

Friday 1st June to Monday 4th June 2018

The 23rd Edition of the Sky Cat Laughs Festival returns to Kilkenny. For the June Bank Holiday Kilkenny City plays host to a number of International and Irish comedy Acts in a number of venues across Kilkenny City.

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Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018

Friday August 10th to Monday August 20th 2018

The Arts Festival in Kilkenny is one of the highlights of the many events that take place in Kilkenny each Summer and has been running for over 40 years. The Festival is a celebration of the Arts in its varied forms, Theatre, Music, Art and Dance. Kilkenny comes alive during this festival and it is a memorable event well worth the visit!

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Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2018


Dates TBC October 2018

One of Ireland’s favourite food festivals is back and very proud to be celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2018. Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, each year develops a programme of activities, which embraces all sectors of the food community from artisan producers to restaurateurs, food agencies to food farmers.


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SUBTITLE European Film Festival 2018

Dates TBC November 2018

SUBTITLE is Ireland’s newest film festival and a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex. And a chance to meet their makers and stars. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then SUBTITLE is for you.

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Kilkenomics Festival 2018

Dates TBC November 2018

2018 will mark the 9th edition of Kilkenomics – Europe’s first economics festival – which brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians.

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