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    StormFest – a Season of Family Theatre, Storytelling, from August 12th to 20th, as part of the official Kilkenny Arts Festival programme.

    Following on from last year’s hugely successful BarnFest in conjunction with the Kilkenny Arts Festival, this August will see an expansion of this partnership. Barnstorm will host productions from three very different international theatre companies committed to quality theatre for young audiences, as well as workshops and an exhibition at The Barn (an official KAF venue) at Barnstorm Theatre.

    The Irish are consummate story tellers and Ireland is famed the world over for the art of storytelling. Seanchaí (traditional story-teller, custodian of tradition, historian) passed the old stories down through the generations and in recent decades there has been a resurgence of the tradition into a contemporary art form. Today there are tellers from all over the country with their own unique identity and form in storytelling.
    Storytelling is an intimate and interactive art. A storyteller tells from memory rather than reading from a book. A tale is not just the spoken equivalent of a literary short story; it has no set text, but is endlessly re-created in the telling. The listener is an essential part of the storytelling process. For stories to live, they need the hearts, minds and ears of listeners; without the listener there is no story.

    StormFest is excited to include a comprehensive programme of storytelling during Kilkenny Arts Festival that represents many of these artists. Worlds of wonder will be conjured in the Creative Yurt, a purpose-built tent in the Castle Yard courtesy of Creative Ireland. The magic includes work from Niall de Búrca, Nuala Hayes and Liz Weir, and many more from around the globe. There will also be a chance to hone or test your skills with Storytelling Workshops for children from these masters.

    Red Square is an annual project that invites young people aged 15-22 to discover, make and critique visual art, theatre and dance. Culture Club was first formed in 2012, as an equivalent group for adults aged over 25 years. This year, the two groups will join forces to create their own work, which they will curate and exhibit in Barnstorm’s new exhibition space in Church Lane as part of StormFest.

    For more information and to book tickets to all StormFest events go to or visit their box office at 76 John Street, Kilkenny (from July 13th).

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