KAW 2022

Welcome to Kinsale Arts Weekend 2022. We are delighted to be celebrating the sixth year of the revived Summer Arts Festival in Kinsale and are grateful to everyone in our community for their support.

We have a very exciting programme this year including a reading and poetry workshop with Paul Muldoon, an evening with Professor Luke O’Neill and a performance by Mary Coughlan.

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Welcome to KAW 2022

This year we are delighted to be celebrating the sixth year of the revived Summer Arts Festival in Kinsale and are grateful to everyone in our community for their support.

We have a very exciting programme this year including a reading and poetry workshop with Paul Muldoon, an evening with Professor Luke O’Neill and a performance by Mary Coughlan. While it is a great honour for Kinsale Arts Weekend to host internationally-acclaimed artists and experts, we are equally honoured to build up relationships with key stakeholders in the community which we set out to do from our inception six years ago.

A key goal this year is to diversify our audience and make it younger. Our collaboration with Kinsale Community School included the artwork for this year’s poster as a KCS pupil won Our Kinsale Arts Weekend Poster Competition 2022.

We are also continuing to work with Kinsale College, and the Cork Migrant Centre. Most recently we have been working with the local Ukrainian Community in Kinsale and we are really looking forward to hosting a photography exhibition entitled “Kinsale through Ukrainian eyes”. Our ethos of providing opportunities and support for up and coming talent continues to be a key part of what we value. This is evidenced in the Paul Muldoon poetry workshop for 10 emerging poets selected from 88 applicants.

Finally, while we have always been blessed with a wealth of stunning public places in Kinsale, we are delighted that St Catherine’s Church in Ringcurran has been restored and is ready for use, thanks to the tireless work of its trustees. We look forward to celebrating the re-opening of that space over Kinsale Arts Weekend. Enjoy the weekend.

Full programme details are now available on the Programme tab. Tickets, will be released in phases and are available via the Tickets Tab and Eventbrite.

Introducing Paul Muldoon

We were thrilled to announce in March that Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon would feature in our programme this year.

Paul will read from his latest collection “Howdie Skelp” and will also host a workshop with our most talented emerging poets. Ten lucky poets have now been chosen following a competition for the highly coveted places. For details please click here

Local Kinsale poet Fiona Smith also shares her thoughts on Paul Muldoon’s visit to KAW 2022

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Mary Coughlan

Hot off the press! Mary Coughlan also confirmed for the Kinsale Arts Weekend 2022.

The legendary blues and jazz singer from Galway needs no introduction but for a brief overview of

Mary’s biography check out the following link

July 9 th at the perfect White Lady Jazz club venue. Watch this space for tickets ….. capacity will be limited!!!!

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Professor Luke O’Neill

Kinsale Arts Weekend in partnership with our friends at Kinsale Ideas is very excited to welcome Luke O’ Neill to our town as a headline act in this year’s programme.

Professor Luke O’Neill is a world-renowned immunologist and a professor of biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of four bestselling books, Keep Calm and Trust the Science, the award-winning Never Mind the B#I*oks, Here’s the Science; Humanology; and The Great Irish Science Book for children.

We will be talking to Luke about his transition from world leading immunologist to his role as author and national purveyor of general scientific and covid information. We will be asking him about his recent books, and his thoughts on the future of biology, Erwin Shrodinger and any other information we can glean from him in the glorious surroundings of the recently renovated St Catherine’s church.

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Video highlights from past Festivals

Get Involved

Like every year, a huge amount of coordinating effort is required from the local community and as always, we welcome everyone who wishes to contribute to the festival organization or to participate in it.

Please contact us on kinsaleartsweekend@gmail.com