Kilkenomics Festival 2018 | Kilkenny Tourism

Kilkenomics Festival 2018



Thurs 8th - Sunday 11th November

For the full-programme:

2018 will mark the 9th edition of Kilkenomics - Europe’s first economics festival - which brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We’ve been called “Davos with jokes” and we wouldn’t disagree with that assessment.

Our informal, entertaining formats invite our audiences to  engage and enjoy. As we like to say: it’s serious, but it’s fun too! Jump into Kilkenomics now and engage with as many shows as possible, equip yourself with the information and insight we hope can help us all make smart choices for our futures - inform and entertain yourselves.

People who have taken part in previous years include David McWilliams (co-founder of the festival), Constantin Gurdgiev, Max Keiser, Gillian Tett, Rory Sutherland, Linda Yueh and Yanis Varoufakis.

Highlight Video from 2016



What the press had to say about Kilkenomics in recent years...

The Australian: “Davos with jokes

UK Sunday Times – “one of the oddest festivals anywhere, comedy with a pint and a point

San Francisco Chronicle: “an utterly bizzare idea but the public love it

BBC – “having a laugh despite the gloom”; “comedians give permission to the audience to feel comfortable

The Irish Times -”A little jewel where players manage to talk human without being patronising

BBC World Service “having a laugh despite the gloom

Bloomberg “Lenny Bruce meets John Maynard Keynes

The Guardian “wildly successful

The Sunday Tribune “laugh, I nearly defaulted!