Still from The Breadwinner

The Marble City gets animated

22 February 2018
3 min read

Visual storytelling steps into the spotlight with brand new festival, Kilkenny Animated, 23-25 February.

With Kilkenny flying the flag as Ireland’s veritable animation hotbed, its premier flag-wavers Cartoon Saloon are now hosting a brand new festival that showcases the vibrant visual storytelling medium.

Kilkenny Animated will celebrate cartoons, animation and illustration in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and experiences that shine a spotlight on the compelling creativity and craft of the visual image.

The diverse events in Kilkenny Animated's programme touch on a number of Creative Ireland's cornerstones – from fostering community engagement to inspiring young people, highlighting Kilkenny as a hub of artistic excellence, as well as the city's place as the home of animation industry leaders. 

With twice Academy Award-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon at the hosting helm, Kilkenny’s medieval streetscape sets an inspirational scene. This innovative festival is a global first in bringing together such diverse visual storytelling aspects purely for public enjoyment.

With an illustrious programme of speakers and contributors that includes Carter Goodrich (Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Despicable Me), Tomm Moore (co-founder and Creative Director, Cartoon Saloon), Francesca Natale (Angry Birds, Minions 2) and many more, the all-ages festival will reveal the intricacies of this detail-oriented art form.

Over three days the festival will showcase an impressive roster of workshops, talks and slideshows from some of the world’s greatest character designers, illustrators, animators and cartoonists.

Enjoy stand-up comedy and 2D animation combination courtesy of Bec Hill and Howard Read; spell-binding and award-winning dance with live animation from Hungarian group Bandart; as well as the premiere of the animated TG4 series Cúl an Tí (Paper Panther, Cartoon Saloon) which marries traditional song and animation via live music from Kíla, Lisa Hannigan and more. The gala premiere of Cartoon Saloon’s Golden Globe-nominated feature The Breadwinner takes place at the Watergate Theatre, followed by a special interview with director, Nora Twomey.

Over three days the festival will showcase an impressive roster of workshops, talks and slideshows from some of the world’s greatest character designers, illustrators, animators and cartoonists who, between them, are responsible for work at Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Irish Times, Washington Post, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and The Jim Henson Company – to name just an illustrious few. An exhibition of 200+ pieces by these talented international creators will also take place across the weekend.

Read the full programme here and find out more about the festival at kilkennyanimated.com