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Kilkenny Animated Festival

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Come join some amazing characters this September as the Kilkenny Animated Festival is back again in 2022! By using cartoons, animation, illustrations, exhibitions, talks and workshops Kilkenny Animated brings storytelling to life!


The festival will take place in the academy award-winning animation studio, Cartoon Saloon. This location is ideal as it is right in the city and has the beautiful backdrop of the Kilkenny medieval streets!  Kilkenny truly is the heart of the Ancient East of Ireland.


The Kilkenny Animated Festival is one of the first festivals to bring in different concepts of visuals and animations to show stories and make them exist amongst the streets of Kilkenny city. Some of the illustrators, designers and animators have worked with the iconic Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar and New Yorker Magazine!


The festival includes many events including brilliant talks with designers and animators, slideshows of visuals on the walls of Kilkenny Castle, drawing classes and showings of multiple Irish made cartoon short films! It is not just for kids, (it is most definitely for adults too!) The programme for all the events, times and dates will be available closer to the date. (TBD)


The Cartoon Saloon is right in the middle of the city and is between the amazing Kilkenny castle and many cathedrals surrounding it. Kilkenny Castle Park is also an amazing location for the festival events.


With the event being so central, the Kilkenny Inn is full proof to stay in as it is walking distance from not only the festival but the amazing city centre itself! Why not head back to the Inn to relax in between exhibitions and practice drawing for the next show! Head to the Kilkenny Animated Festival just before school starts again. Try to finish the Summer off with a bang!