Jazz, classical music, painting, sculpture and literature are all part of a celebration of the Arts in Kilkenny.

An exhibition of kites in the Long Gallery of Kilkenny Castle is just one of a range of arts being showcased. The kites were specially created for Kilkenny Arts Week. After the exhibition, the plan is for the kites to move from the gallery to be flown above the city. This is just one of the many exhibitions taking place in the shops, pubs and any available space in the town. 

A Ronnie Scott jazz concert also took place at the Long Gallery. With a long tradition of literature in the town dating back to Jonathan Swift, novelists were invited to read their work. One of the organisers of the events Don Roberts explains that over the years they have had many of the leading modern Irish poets at the festival and felt that this year they would give some Irish novelists the opportunity to share their work.  

Celebrated Irish poet John Montague was at the festival this year as a visitor and he spoke to Derek Davis about his musical highlights from the week of festivities. Many of the classical music performances and concerts took place mainly in St Canice's cathedral and other churches in the town. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 September 1977. The reporter is Derek Davis.