Family attractions include The Ideas Shop with Sarah Webb and Oisín McGann, Púca Puppets, Song Sculptures and a reading by John Boyne.
Shakespeare's As You Like It is presented by the Globe Theatre, while Cork Opera House interprets Henry Purcell's plaintive and deeply moving opera Dido and Aeneas. In the realm of dance, CoisCéim brings the much-acclaimed Swimming with My Mother to the Marble City.
There is further musical interest in La Morra's Early Renaissance Spanish Songs and The Golden Age of French Sacred Music with Le Concert Spirituel. Also on the programme are Steve Cooney, Fidil with Solo Cissokho, Ivo Papasov and his Bulgarian Wedding Band, Rachel Grimes with Katie Kim and Josh T Pearson.
Cecily Brennan, Jesse Jones, Anita Groener, Tracy Hanna and Niamh O'Malley are all Irish artists working in film and their work will be on view.
The Hubert Butler Lecture is delivered by Misha Glenny, who looks back at Sarajevo 20 years after the siege.
There are readings from John Banville, Paul Durcan, Mike Scott and Claire Kilroy and discussions on Home Rule and the War of Independence.
The Craft programme presents Utensil: Current Approaches to Tableware featuring artists from the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan and Ireland.
For the full programme, visit: www.kilkennyarts.ie.