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Festival Director

Employer Kilkenny Arts Festival
Job Type CEO or Managing Director
Location Dublin and the East
Salary €55,000 - €60,000 per annum, negotiable and commensurate with experience
Closing Date 08/06/2018
Application Form KAF-Festival-Director.pdf 82.48 kB


Kilkenny Arts Festival is one of Ireland’s leading multidisciplinary arts festivals, bringing together acclaimed artists from across the globe and diverse local, national and international audiences in the medieval city of Kilkenny each August.

The Festival Board wishes to appoint a Festival Director to lead the organisation through its next stage of development, reporting to the Board and assuming overall responsibility for the artistic programme, management and operations of the company. The Festival Director will lead the delivery of the Festival’s Strategic Plan for 2019-21 and secure its profile as an artistically inspiring international festival with strong creative leadership and a focus on cultivating and developing audiences.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate exceptional organisational leadership experience and success in programming, fundraising, communications and team management, together with an ability to influence, manage negotiations and collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders. S/he will be an experienced arts professional with artistic programming, strategic business planning and financial management skills.

This is an outstanding opportunity to lead a unique organisation with a track record of excellence and to contribute to the growth and development of one of Ireland’s most distinctive international festivals.

Please see job spec attached and for more information please contact Valerie Ryan at [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Friday 8 June at 5pm.


To apply for this position please send a CV, together with a covering letter (of no more than three pages) outlining your suitability for the role and your vision for Kilkenny Arts Festival over the next three years, to [email protected] For queries please contact Valerie Ryan at [email protected] or +353 87 297 9538. All communications relating to this search process will be handled in strictest confidence.

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