The Kilkenny Arts Festival has welcomed thousands of visitors to the city and county in the past week with a host of entertainment on offer in venues and on the streets.
We’re into the tail end of the festival this weekend but there are still several events for which tickets are still available in almost every strand of the arts on offer.
Children, Holy Mary takes place in the Watergate Theatre on Parliament Street, today Friday 12, and tomorrow Saturday 13 at 11am and 3.30pm on both days. Admission is €8 and this event is most suitable to children aged seven years and upwards. Written by Eoin Colfer the story of eight-year old Mary who is getting ready for her holy communion is a heartwarming tale of the stresses and strives of a little girl in the lead up to her big day.
Classical Music — The Capova Sisters play St Canice’s Cathedral this afternoon for a wonderful lunchtime concert at 1pm. Both accomplished as piano soloists, when they duet, their music and their sound is unrivalled. Rebecca and Kirsten will offer a wide ranging programme of music this afternoon and for piano music lovers, this is not to be missed.
Tickets are available at St Canice’s Cathedral for €15/€12.
Theatre — The Big Deal has been running since Wednesday last at Barnstorm and the play continues until Sunday 14 next at 1pm. This is director Una McKevitt’s second trip to Kilkenny with her unique offering of a documentary style piece of theatre that explores the issues surrounding transgender people. This is a wonderfully insightful piece of theatre that will touch the hearts of anyone that goes to see it. Tickets available at €15/€12 from the box office.
Also in the theatrical strand, Body Duet takes place at the Watergate Theatre on Saturday at 5pm.
This is an energy-packed, highly physical dance performance with two of Ireland’s most acclaimed dancers. They are dedicated to finding new ways of expression and in this presentation they fuse their differing physicalities to thrilling effect.
Wired — Drums Off Chaos takes place tonight August 12, at the Set Theatre at 9:30pm. This eclectic piece of theatrical and musical performance sees the collaboration of two completely opposing music makers and the end result is a ground breaking sound that will have the dance floor pumping until the early hours.
Tickets are available for €22/€19 ad the gig starts at 9.30pm.
Finally in Music — The Amazing Few — this is the Festival Closing Party which will see the ten-day event come to a reluctant end. This group has been termed the masters of feel-good frenzy, dancing and general mayhem. You won’t be sitting down at this event - so come along and bring your dancing shoes and bring this wonderful festival to a close with a bang.
This event takes place at the Set Theatre on Sunday night at 10:30am.