29th Sept - 1st Oct 2023

Kilkenny Animated: The Sound of Animation roars onto the scene this September 29th in the heart of Kilkenny!

Hosted by Kilkenny’s multi-award winning animation studios, Cartoon Saloon and Lighthouse Studios, Kilkenny Animated:The Sound of Animation is thoughtfully curated to appeal to animation lovers of all ages, from the kids who love cartoons to the professionals who make the magic happen – and everyone in between!

Live music that’ll make you dance in your seat, interactive workshops and sketching tours to spark creativity, entertaining screenings of incredible animated movies and shorts, inspiring panel discussions and talks, rare behind-the-scenes looks at the inner workings of Cartoon Saloon and Lighthouse Studios and a special Pathways to Animation programme of events for students and graduates – Kilkenny Animated has it all.

Brought to you by Cartoon Saloon,  Lighthouse Studios and Schweppe Curtis Nunn Events.


Meet the makers of three episodes from Star Wars:Visions Volume Two in this afternoon special comprising screenings and panel discussions. Hosted by Screecher’s Reach director, Paul Young (Cartoon Saloon), special guests include audio guru and supervising sound editor for the Star Wars:Visions series, Mac Smith (Skywalker Sound); I am Your Mother director, Magdalena Osinska (Aardman); Aau’s Song directors, Daniel Clarke and Nadia Darries (Triggerfish); and Screecher’s Reach composer Leo Pearson to discuss the making and the music.

About Us

The festival is hosted by five time Academy Award® nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon and award winning Lighthouse Studios and is set against and inspired by the backdrop of Kilkenny’s medieval streets and slipways at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Kilkenny Animated is the first festival of its kind in the world to bring together so many different aspects of visual storytelling for the enjoyment and appreciation of wider public audience.


29th Sept - 1st Oct 2023

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