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Hotels Near Kilkenny Arts Festival

Kilkenny Arts Festivals runs in early August every year.

The Kilkenny Arts Festival takes place each August and includes a programme featuring a variety of art forms, from classical music, to theatre & dance and street theatre, Music and Literature. The Festival is an important fixture in Kilkenny and has been running for over 40 years.  Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city. For ten days each August, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.

Encounter extraordinary artists and unique collaborations in the magical ancient buildings and gardens of Kilkenny.

Discover the 2021 Programme
Bringing artists and audiences together in-person and online, in spaces old and new to share the very best of unique and original arts experiences...

The festival will run from Thursday 5th August to Sunday 15th August 2021.

For more information on the great events taking place this August, visit www.KilkennyArts.ie or view a past programme by clicking on the link for the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2021 Programme.

A few highlights of this year's festival include:


Based on the famous Greek myth, Richard Strauss’ Elektra is an opera steeped in derangement and blood lust about a family of killers living out the consequences of a divine curse. With searing vocal lines and fiery orchestration, Strauss pushes the boundaries of his art to depict a world of psychological torment where the border between ecstasy and madness is starting to dissolve.

The Castle Yard forms a magnificent setting for Irish National Opera’s fully staged performance, directed by Conall Morrison and starring acclaimed soprano Giselle Allen in the title role.

Fionn Foley and Rough Magic

2047. Global civilization is one false move away from extinction. Following a major bust-up amongst world superpowers, society is in the midst of a global doomsday event. Hope for a return to the halcyon days of the 2020s comes in the form of an incredible new tonic, 'The Preventive', which claims to immunise those who drink it against the harmful effects of recent biochemical warfare.

Charged with distributing this miracle elixir are the notorious Calibri Triplet Family Band, fronted by the deftly charismatic Cal Calibri, and famous for their soaring harmonies, relentless regional touring, and that one regrettable Japanese cat food commercial. Mainly the harmonies, though.

Over the course of an exhilarating trademark Calibri Family performance, you are invited to do what any reasonable person would do in the face of catastrophe and place your life in the hands of a three-piece folk band. Their message is simple: everyone must drink the tonic for it to be effective. There can be no exceptions.

Tonic is a spectacular new medicine show infused with a wild, genre-spanning live score and staged with dystopian panache. It’s the show that has everything you need to get over a life-altering cataclysm. Join the Calibri Triplet Family Band for the 'first gig after the apocalypse'. Your survival depends on it. A Live outdoor performance in Cathedral Orchard 

The Kilkenny Arts Festival is a popular event and it makes an already special location even more fun to visit this August.

The 4 star Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is located in the heart of Kilkenny City and a great base for exploring Kilkenny. Check out our great Kilkenny Hotel Deals if you are planning to visit Kilkenny for the Arts Festival.

Looking for a great base in the heart of Kilkenny City so you can attend the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Stay at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Our 118 contemporary guestrooms offer comfortable space for you to relax in after spending time exploring the great city of Kilkenny. Our rooms are generous in size and have a bright and airy feel with all the comforts you’d expect in a contemporary, urban hotel. Guests also enjoy free access to our hotel’s Leisure Centre which includes a 21m pool, children’s pool, fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room while there is also an opportunity to treat yourself to a pamper day at KO Spa.

Attend the Kilkenny Arts Festival and stay at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel in the heart of Kilkenny City. Book your stay with us direct on our site by clicking here.