Various venues, Kilkenny, November 9-12 Having only just recovered from Savour Kilkenny, the Marble City is gearing up for the thinking person’s festival, requiring no tents or wellies, but certainly a good hefty notebook to keep up with the sundry brilliant minds present.
Described as “Davos with jokes”, this year’s line-up includes
David McWilliams; economic renegade and former Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis; Professor of Finance at Trinity College Dublin, Constantin Gurdgiev; and filmmaker, Max Keiser. Elsewhere, there’s appearances from Financial Times editor Gillian Tett, creative director of Oglivy UK, Rory Sutherland, and economist and BBC presenter, Linda Yueh. Those looking for a few topical laughs, meanwhile, will be pleased to note the presence of comics Andrew Maxwell, Ardal O’Hanlon, Karl Spain and Adam Hill.
Mulling over everything from Brexit to our impending doom – by way of various booms, the housing crisis, North Korea, Trump’s America and Doughnut economics – Kilkenomics is certainly not your typical festival. Nor is it your typical series of economic talks, since there are no officially documented cases of any audience member nodding off due to any intentionally incomprehensible jargon.