5 April 2013 / 5 July 2013 / 2 November 2013
Kilkenny Design Workshops Celebrating 50 Years Destination Kilkenny
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Kilkenny Design Workshops Celebrating 50 Years Destination Kilkenny

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Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) is marking 50 years since the initiation of the Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW) by celebrating Kilkenny city as a vibrant creative and cultural destination for overseas visitors in 2013. We are calling international overseas visitors, interested in culture and creativity to actively experience Irish creativity in Kilkenny, and join in the events and celebrations that we have programmed in from April – November 2013. 

JULY 2013
In July, join us for IDEATE Festival, 5th & 6th July –

IDEATE two days of design, craft and technology-focused talks, workshops, music, screenings and exhibitions in the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny. The packed programme offers information and access to design processes and digital technology through discussions and hands-on practice; and also includes a variety of free drop-in creative activities, design challenges, workshops, award- winning films on design and craft, street food, craft beer, live music with Sounds of System Breakdown and an exciting live-art Draw-Off between the multi- award winning, Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon versus Kilkenny-born craft-punk Mick Minogue. Explore Kilkenny’s creative side this summer! 

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IDEATE is part of the Gathering Kilkenny 2013 events, and is also part-funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme.

November 2013
2/3rd November, we are hosting a major seminar- ‘Legacy’ - exploring the history, effects and contemporary influences of KDW. The seminar will coincide with a key exhibition of some of the most exciting and cutting-edge contemporary Irish craft and design being produced today inspired by the early KDW craft and design pioneers in Ireland. For this event we are inviting all overseas visitors who may have once worked, been involved or connected with the original KDW to come back to Kilkenny for our celebratory event.
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APRIL 2013
In April we'll be celebrating KDW's links to Nordic design via a seminar, gallery talks, music, food, and exhibitions at the National Craft Gallery (NCG). The Nordic Effect: Crafting Success investigates our fascination with Nordic design, exploring the principles and attributes that determine its continued success with Nordic and Irish designers, makers and strategists. 
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Gathering Details

The National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard , Kilkenny , Co. Kilkenny


5 April 201311:00 - 16:30

IDEATE Festival

5 July 2013

Legacy of KDW

2 November 2013
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Open to Everyone

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