Clockwise from far left, a work from ‘Circle in the Square’ by Marilyn Lerner; Cloud Tyvek by Max Streicher at St Mary’s; O by Karen Donnellan; and Róisín de Buitléar’s blown-glass musical instruments

Eugene Downes’s first year as director took the Kilkenny Arts Festival back to its musical roots. The scale and ambition of the programme would hav(...)