Every August, Kilkenny becomes the focus for Ireland's culture vultures when the Kilkenny Arts Festival takes over the city for about two weeks. The emphasis in the past was on classical music, but the program has grown increasingly populist. Street theater, elaborate parades, and even a rock concert (staged in the aptly named Woodstock Desmesne) have lent the festival a more contemporary air. There's much speculation that Kilkenny's festivities might soon eclipse Ireland's premier arts festival in Galway.
Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland