Monday August 10, 2020

Classical Notes: Festival X helps Kilkenny rise to the occasion

Digital content, short concerts in public spaces and bespoke events for small gatherings will be part of a reimagined Kilkenny arts festival this year

2nd August, 2020
A filmed performance by Opera Collective Ireland of Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses will be available to watch at

Those who take trips to Kilkenny regularly – and I count myself among those marble city admirers – cannot but gaze in awe at the monument to its hurling galacticos under the great wall of its famous castle.

The sculpture has a kind of epic Soviet-like grandeur about it. At its centre is the fact that under great pressure in the heat of battle, it is a Kilkenny hand that takes the sliotar out of...

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