4-20 August 2023

Welcome to the Alternative Kilkenny Arts Festival 2023

We are delighted to present to you the 9th edition of our festival with some 90 odd exhibitions and performances taking place around Kilkenny City and County throughout August. Every year we are blown away by the creativity, enthusiasm and spirit of the AKA community. Packed with musical performances, dance, literature, spoken word and visual art this year’s program has plenty to enliven and entertain both audiences and artists alike.


4-20 aUGUST 2023


The AKA would like to extend a sincere thank you to our funders who have supported the festival this year: Kilkenny Leader Partnership, Kilkenny County Council and Creative Ireland. And we would also like to especially mention the generous support given to the festival by Kilkenny Volunteer Center, Market Cross Kilkenny, McDonagh Junction, Cartoon Saloon and the Kilkenny Arts Office. Without the support of these individuals and groups we would not be able to do what we do. From innovative minds and generous hearts to talented hands and inspired eyes, the hard work of everyone involved has created another wonderful AKA festival. We are very excited for you to see it.
Do phobal Chill Chainnigh, tá súil againn go dtabharfaidh féile na mbliana seo deis dúinn nascadh, cuimhní buain a chruthú, agus mothú a mhúscailt ionann fhéin.
Aoife, Asia, Bridget, Liselott and Tom
AKA 2023


First and foremost, the biggest thanks goes out to you guys, the beautiful people who participated in last year’s AKA Festival, from the artists and crew to each visitor who chose to spend their time to support the Kilkenny local art scene. Every single one of you brought care and high energy and your positivity could be felt in every cell of our bodies during the festival, and still remains. The positive feedback from the artists and visitors is a testament to the love and energy you brought with you.

Thank you again and see all of you in August!’
AKA 2023



Welcome to the 9th edition of our festival! We hope you are were as glad to be back as we were!

We are very excited to bring you into the dynamic world of music, art, craft and more. We urge you to indulge in our programme full of amazing artists, crafts and performances which we hope has something to suit everyone’s interests.



A big thank you to our sponsors KLP, Kilkenny City Council and Creative Ireland who have been amazing in supporting us. A special thank you goes to all the funders and friends of the festival.

The Alternative Kilkenny Arts Festival is run by a team of volunteers who work all year round on making sure the festival happens. We do not charge any fees for artists to participate in the festival and 100% of ticket sales and commissions goes to the artists.

To all our festival partners, the venues that work with us, our volunteers, mentors, our participants, and of course our amazing audiences, we are extremely grateful. AKA has a wonderful vibrant community at its core that has sustained through the past years. Without the continued backing that the people of Kilkenny give us, AKA would not be what it is today: an nine year old festival born out of a love for local arts.

A note from our AKA Ambassador

Tony Strickland

Well hello,

I am thrilled to be returning to Kilkenny to once again take on my role as AKA Festival Ambassador. This will be our most substantial Festival to date and I am looking forward to immersing myself in the many varied aspects of the Arts which will be on offer all over Kilkenny in a broad spectrum of cultural venues. Please do approach me at any time to chat and do follow our Social Media platforms.

Looking forward to it all.
Best regards

Alternative Kilkenny Arts

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Browse our jam packed 2023 programme.