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If you need an incentive to visit Ireland, there’s none better than Kilkenney, which was once the ‘medieval capital’ of Ireland.


The Kilkenny Arts Festival, now in its 42nd year, runs in August and is a beautiful event with international performers and stunning venues including St Canice’s Cathedral, a jewel of Gothic architecture, historic Kilkenny Castle (above), the Black Abbey and
St John’s Priory.

The renowned arts festival will feature a unique series of 18 concerts offering once-in-a-lifetime chances to experience the diversity of the music of JS Bach performed by extraordinary artists in some of the country’s most beautiful venues.

The ‘Eternal Harmony: The Music of JS Bach’ series runs through the ten days of the festival (7 – 16 August) and ranges through one of the German composer’s largest masterpieces, concertos, cantatas, chamber music and his incomparable works for solo instruments.

The full Kilkenny Arts Festival program will also include exhibitions, dance, literature, street and children’s events and will feature a rare Irish appearance from Sir András Schiff, one of the finest pianists alive, and grand master of the viol, Jordi Savall.

Kilkenny is in Ireland’s Ancient East, an exciting new touring region encapsulating 5,000 years of history. With its maze of cobbled lanes and narrow alleyways, the backdrop to its festival is always a mix of the medieval and the cosmopolitan.

For more information: http://www.kilkennyarts.ie/

Its time we go back!