Yiyun Li, credit John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation

Kilkenny Arts Festival: Talk of the Town

04 August 2017
2 min read

Celebrated creative thinkers are descending on Kilkenny Arts Festival to discuss the biggest issues facing Ireland and Europe.

What will our cultural structures look like in the future? How is revolution shaping Ukraine? Is there a tension in Ireland between traditional and contemporary culture?

These are just some of the topics being thrashed out at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, as experts from around the world descend on the Marble City from 11-20 August for a jam-packed line-up. Creative Ireland are partnering with the festival on this diverse talks programme that's set to get those cogs turning.

Keeping at a Tangent

Historian and critic Catríona Crowe and artists Colin Dunne and Martin Hayes discuss how Irish creativity is influenced by our relationship with traditional and contemporary culture and the tensions that can arise from it.

Yiyun Li

After being met with widespread critical acclaim for her fiction, Yiyun Li has since shifted her attention to the personal. Cormac Kinsella talks to the author about her new memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life.

Experts from around the world descend on the Marble City from 11-20 August for a jam-packed line-up.

Ukraine: The New European Frontier

Musicians Mark and Marichka Marczyk recreated their experiences in the 2014 revolution in Kiev in their musical theatre piece Counting Sheep, which has its Irish premiere at this year’s festival. At this talk they discuss the impact of the revolution on Ukraine’s present and future.

The Hubert Butler Annual Lecture

Now in its 10th year, The Hubert Butler Annual Lecture welcomes Lost in Translation author Eva Hoffman to Kilkenny. Her work deals with complex topics – including memory, language and culture – with compassion, and in this talk she gives her unique perspective on today’s Europe.

Here and There

Get a window into the minds of some of Ireland’s most celebrated architects, as Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey – Royal Gold Medal award-winners in 2015 – give an overview of the European educational and cultural projects underway in their studio.

Keeping at a Tangent, Here and There and Ukraine: The New European Frontier are all part of the Ireland & Europe: Creative Visions series, presented in partnership with Creative Ireland, a five-year initiative to boost arts awareness and participation throughout the country.

Kilkenny’s Creativity and Culture Plan 2017 details the range of projects, events and initiatives taking place around the county this year.