1916 reenactment

Kildare

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022

A county characterised by a spirited traditional and contemporary Irish music scene and an abundance of world-renowned singers, songwriters and musicians - as well as artists, authors, explorers and revolutionaries - Kildare’s creative waters run deep.

Perfectly situated among historic landscapes such as the Curragh Plains and Pollardstown Fen, and featuring monuments representative of all eras just a stone’s throw from award-winning contemporary buildings like Áras Chill Dara, the county has proven fertile ground for the likes of actress Aisling Bea, sculptor Gabriel Hayes, novelist Molly Keane, and many others. And that’s not to mention some of music’s brightest stars who claim Kildare as their home, from indie band Bell X1 and performer Luka Bloom to Jack Lukeman, Donal Lunny, Christy Moore and Damien Rice.

The county has proven fertile ground for the likes of actress Aisling Bea, sculptor Gabriel Hayes, novelist Molly Keane, and many others.

Venues such as Castletown House, The Moat Theatre, Riverbank Arts Centre and Athy Community Arts Centre all provide essential platforms for Kildare’s year-round programme of concerts, recitals and performances.

And that’s not all; Kildare’s artistic diversity makes it an attractive location for filmmakers, and scenes from both Braveheart and 2017’s IFTA-nominated short film Gridlock have been shot here. 

Kildare’s Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategy reflects the wealth of culture and creation inherent in its people, and includes projects and initiatives that have already begun to engage and involve the community at every level.