The Kilkenny Arts Festival has become one of the biggest and most important arts festivals in the country.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the many events. Maureen Kennelly the Kilkenny Arts Festival manager describes the hugely varied programme which includes open air performances by Polish actors and entertainers, the premier of Brendan Kennelly’s ‘Judas’ starring actor Adrian Dunbar and readings by Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Ford.

Local artist Ramie Leahy is interviewed about his satirical artworks prompted by the campaign for Kilkenny to retain city status.

The Festival week also includes a celebration of the ancient Kingdom of Ossory with travelling medieval pageantry, plays by the Barnstorm Theatre Company and a community group from Kells.

All in all, the most impressive Kilkenny Arts Festival ever.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 August 2000. The reporter is Damien Tiernan.