It was supposed to be a one-off event celebrating The Gathering, but Killorglin's KFest has quickly developed into one of Kerry's hippest events.
K-Fest Music & The Arts aims to promote culture in all its forms and to nurture the growth of music and the arts to include galleries, live music, film, spoken word, children’s workshops and to foster participation in the arts and artistic thought for all ages.
The festival seeks to present emerging and ground-breaking artists in a unique setting and to develop long-term relationships with the musicians and artists that participate.
The K-Fest name is associated with cultural innovation, artistic
exploration and excellence and for showcasing fun, eclectic and
thought-provoking events while setting and maintaining high production
standards across all its programmes. #ilovekfest.
The musical acts which perform
during the festival are carefully chosen to afford the audience a chance to
experience acts that would not otherwise be readily accessible in Killorglin.
K-fest strives to broaden the musical horizons of locals and visitors alike.
Film, poetry, drama, rambling houses, debates, street entertainment, busking and family events are all incorporated within the festival line-up.
K-fest has grown steadily since 2013 to become a major tourist attraction for visitors from outside Kerry and abroad and is now associated with cultural innovation, artistic exploration and excellence.
The Festival will see the transformation of 22 vacant buildings that will house over 140 visual artists across all disciplines of fine art and design. This is in itself a staggering work of socially engaged art.
Also included within the festival is The Screaming Pope Prize (S.P.P) which is one of Ireland’s more unique arts award exclusively organized as part of the wildly popular K-fest Music and the Arts Festival.
The Screaming Pope Prize is organized by a group of passionate and committed artists, business people, educators and volunteers from all walks of life. It is a self-funded, not for profit initiative, with the ultimate vision of establishing itself as Ireland’s foremost celebration for emerging creative’s in the arts.
They recognize outstanding achievement and encourage the pursuit of excellence and promote the highest standards of quality in professional, technical and personal achievement in the visual arts by conferring the industry’s most unique peer recognition symbol of distinction, the Screaming Pope Prize.
What they say
“The town, the people, the other artists, everyone was so friendly and welcoming, no pretenses, attitudes or nonsense. I strongly urge folks to add this weekend to their calendar!”
Daire Lynch, Screaming Pope
“K-Fest showcases emerging visual artists, musicians, dancers, established artists and much more. By inviting us to explore contemporary work, K-Fest has a creative edge that is palpable.“
Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer
for Kerry Co Council
“K-Fest, South Kerry’s premiere festival in Killorglin is one of the most exciting Arts Festivals around. It’s fresh and authentic. Created by artists for artists and the public. If arts festivals are to be anything, well then certainly this is it” Mannix Flynn
“Some of the best of up-and-coming music talent can be found at K-Fest, and mostly for free. K-Fest is a great festival to explore music of various genres with all the venues just minutes from each other, the creative energy from the festival will have me coming back, again and again.”
Alan Newman, Music Producer
0.0 km Laune Bridge House
0.0 km Killorglin Riverside Holiday Homes
0.0 km Canbera House
0.0 km The Bianconi Inn
0.0 km Coffey's Rivers Edge Guesthouse
0.0 km Riverside House
0.1 km Westfield House
0.3 km Orglan House
0.4 km Grove Lodge
0.4 km Grove Lodge Self Catering Holiday Homes
1.2 km O'Regans Country House
3.1 km Fern Rock
3.5 km Dromin Farmhouse
3.9 km Hillview Farm
5.7 km Kilburn House
5.9 km Farmstead Lodge
7.4 km Ard na Sidhe Country House
7.8 km Carrig Country House
Save the date, the June Bank Holiday, and make the trip to Killorglin for K-fest where you will certainly encounter the warmest of welcomes, lots of craic, music, artistic debates and the odd communal artistic hangover.
Drama & Spoken