Looking through the roof of a yurt

Kilkenny Arts Festival's yurt of pure imagination

04 August 2017
2 min read

A yurt sets the scene for six days of innovative children’s storytelling at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2017.

With the Kilkenny Arts Festival kicking off on 11 August, not only do the grown-ups embark on a cultural journey in the Marble City - the younger generation do too with the festival’s enigmatic creative kids’ space, Yurt at the Yard.

As well as partnering with Creative Ireland on 2017’s talks programme, this 43rd outing of the festival sees Creative Ireland collaborate on the highly anticipated Yurt at the Yard too.

Teaming up with StormFest, renowned creators of theatre especially for young people, the novel yurt sets the scene for an innovative storytelling series devised just for children.

Not only do the grown-ups embark on a cultural journey in the Marble City - the younger generation do too with the festival’s enigmatic creative kids’ space, Yurt at the Yard.

Designed to unleash those inner storytellers, from 12-20 August families can hear tales woven by one of Ireland’s most captivating traditional storytellers, Niall de Búrca; enjoy fairy folklore and Irish music combined with Helena Byrne; jump into a family storytelling session with Simone Schuemmelfeder; separate fact and fiction with Nuala Hayes as she tackles legends, myths and downright lies; while storyteller and seanchaí Liz Weir tells stories, raps and rhymes from around the world.

Admission to each storytelling session is €5, with advance booking required. Generally suitable for ages four and upward (see individual storytelling session details), Kilkenny’s set to spark with well-chosen words and youthful imagination this August.

Yurt at the Yard takes place between 12-20 August 2017, as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Find out more at kilkennyarts.ie