August 2024




AKA is over and out for 2023.

Thank you to all the incredible humans who contributed to this year’s festival to make it possible.

That includes the amazing artists, audiences and the wider Kilkenny community. We would like to further extend our gratitude to Kilkenny County Council, Creative Ireland, Kilkenny Leader Partnership and Market Cross Shopping Centre for their support.

With over 90 artists exhibiting across the county this August, it is a brilliant time to celebrate the
artists who live and work in Kilkenny.

Information on AKA 2024 will be available soon for all those who wish to participate, with the submission form going live in early Spring.

Is mise le meas,
The AKA team

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

AKA brings you a robust programme of events taking place across the city and county for seventeen days in August.

Copyright © AKA 2023


Phone Number: 083 151 0156


Browse our jam packed 2023 programme.


August 8 -18 2024


AUGUST 8-18 2024


The AKA Festival is delighted to announce its return for 2024 running from the 8th – 18th of August. We are so excited to be able to support and promote local artists to share their work with both national and international audiences for another year.

If you are interested in participating in this year AKA Festival please complete our submission form via the following link: Submission Form 2024

The deadline is June 2nd at midnight so don’t miss out.

Is mise le meas,

The AKA team

Aoife, Asia, Jackie, Liselott, Martin, Oisin, Orla and Tom

Alternative Kilkenny Arts

AKA brings you a robust programme of events taking place across the city and county for eleven days in August.

Copyright © AKA 2024




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