Arts festival based in Killorglin County Kerry

With an emphasis on emerging artists and musicians. The festival uses unoccupied spaces in the town to become bespoke pop-up galleries and venues over the festival weekend.

Equality and Diversity in the Arts

The K-FEST Arts Festival is committed to the principles of fairness, consistency and equality of opportunity. No persons involved as a volunteer, professional performer or audience member will be discriminated against, regardless of their age, colour, disability, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, race, religion or belief and/or sexual orientation.

After cancelling the 2020 festival

K-FEST is delighted to be back for 2021, albeit delayed to the October Bank Holiday from the usual June Bank Holiday weekend.

From October 22nd to 25th, you can expect a wide range of visual and performance art taking place in pop-up galleries dotted throughout the town.

With a focus on emerging artists, K-FEST has very much established itself as an important date on the national arts calendar, where the arts community and the local community become one community for a weekend.

You also expect the best in up-and-coming Irish bands and music acts, with genres from jazz to pop to rock to punk to electronic and DJs. K-FEST was nominated for a best small music festival in the IMRO awards just before lockdowns, so they can’t wait to get going again and curating more great Irish music.

As well as family events and workshops during the day, there is a drama-packed programme including plays, poetry, films, comedy shows and even a cabaret circus. You can find the full programme of events and happenings on the K-FEST website update in September. You can also find them on Instagram and Facebook.

The K-FEST Committee

K-FEST is entirely run and organised by local volunteers. Each year we welcome new members to help create the best festival we can. If you wish to join please contact one of the committee members or use the contact form.

  • Chair & Music Director Tim Clifford
  • Vice-Chair Dave Ryan
  • Art Director Rochelle Lucey
  • Drama Director Karl Falvey
  • Family Director Steve Mills
  • Treasurer Rose O’Sullivan
  • Head of Logistics Katie Graham
  • Social Media Darragh Kinch
  • Insurance Officer Ruth McCarthy
  • Too Many Roles to List Mike Dowd
  • Financial Officers Billy & Sharon Mahony
  • Music Sub-Committee Chris Byrne, Donal Moroney and Darren O’Riordan
  • Art Sub-Committee Jay Scully, Darragh Kinch
  • Drama Sub-Committee Declan Evans, Brian Ahern and Joe Brennan
  • Family Sub-Committee Dave Ryan, Joanne Falvey, Aneta Dienst Majchrzak and Nina Finn-Kelcey

Thank you to all our previous committee members and to volunteers past and present.

Killorglin home to K-Fest

K-FEST is based in the heart of downtown Killorglin, Co. Kerry, located along the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.

The town offers a great selection of traditional Irish pubs and restaurants, plus myriad activities to keep you busy during your stay. Whether it’s hiking in MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, a leisurely walk along the Atlantic Coast, angling, golfing, cycling, or canoeing, Killorglin has it all.

For more inspiration, local restaurants and accommodation visit the Reeks Disitrct website.

Getting to Killorglin

The nearest train station is in Killarney (22km) and you can find times on Irish Rail.
Kerry airport is also close by and is serviced by national and international services, for flight information visit Kerry Airport.
Bus Éireann also offers bus services to Killorglin.

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