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Kilkenny to Enjoy ‘The Company of Wolves’ 01st – 31st October

Few animals capture people’s imagination quite like the wolf. For thousands of years, the wolf has fascinated us, frightened us, and drawn us in. Perhaps it’s because there’s a part of us that identifies with that wild, untamed spirit we see in the wolf. The wolf features prominently in myths and legends, but from 1st October Kilkenny is embracing the very essence of the Wolf with a month long series of events and exhibitions dedicated to the creatures, entitled ‘WolfWalkers Month’. WolfWalkers is an animated feature created by Kilkenny based four-time Academy Award nominated animators ‘Cartoon Saloon’. The feature received rave reviews when it premiered this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and such is the response, it is now ‘tipped’ as an Academy Award winner. To celebrate its upcoming launch, Kilkenny Animated in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Kilkenny County Council have organised ‘WolfWalkers Month’ - a series of outdoor and indoor exhibitions and events throughout October:




WolfWalkers Walks & Talks

Join WolfWalkers creators Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart in a series of interactive, illustrated talks or wrap up for a series of fun walking tours tracing the movies locations through Kilkenny with some of the film’s artists.”

WolfWalkers Sketching Tour of Kilkenny 

Kilkenny Castle

Saturday 3rd October – 10am – 11:30am | 10:30am – 12:00pm

Sunday   4th October  – 12:30pm | 11:30am – 1pm

Take a pad and pencils or charcoal and join some of artists from WolfWalkers in a leisurely stroll around Kilkenny city’s most evocative historic sites, discover some of the ancient buildings and streetscapes that have inspired the work of the animators and sketch your impressions of the sights of Ireland’s medieval capital.

  • Tour starts at time stated
  • Meet under Arch gate at Kilkenny Castle (opposite The Design Centre)
  • Age 12+ (under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, ticket required)
  • Bring your own Sketching Materials
  • Groups are limited to 12 max
  • Participants are encouraged to wear a face covering for the duration of the walk.

Price: €10

Behind The Scenes

WolfWalkers Workshops

There are also 6 kids workshops over the festival weekend hosted by Cartoon Saloon artists, they will be held in Butler Gallery. 

Workshop with Fabian Erlinghäuser (Ages 6-12)

Location: Butler Gallery

Saturday 3rd October – 10:30am – 11:30am 

Sunday   4th October  – 11:30am | 12:30pm 

In this jam packed workshop you will learn the essentials of animation with Cartoon Saloon’s Fabian Erlinghäuser. 

Over the 60 minutes, Fabian will use his 20 years of industry experience to guide you through the basics of visual language, character design, storyboard and animation principles.

Price: €6:19


Workshop with Rory Conway (Ages 6-12)

Location: Butler Gallery

Sunday  4th October  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm  | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Join Cartoon Saloon’s Rory Conway to learn how to design and create your own characters for animation.

Sketching Materials supplied

Price: €6:19

WolfWalkers Street Art Exhibition

Working with local young people’s groups, Kilkenny Animated will facilitate a project to create works of street art in Kilkenny city that celebrate the film and the art of animation. Kilkenny County Council will also work with partners to create visually vibrant installations in vacant shop windows and sites throughout the city.

Castle Wolfwalkers

Spectacular WolfWalkers Illuminations At Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Animated has commissioned Algorithm to produce a spectacular projection mapped illuminations, with an animated loop of scenes and characters from the film, playing on the expanse of the external river walls of Kilkenny Castle. These illuminations will run for a number of hours every evening in the month of October. This spectacle can be viewed from John’s Bridge, Canal Walk and from the terrace of the River Court Hotel. Because the presentation loop will be about 10 minutes’ duration and will run repeatedly, no mass gathering of people will happen.


Bringing WolfWalkers to the Big Screen

Location: The Watergate Theatre

Sunday 4th October – 4:00pm – 5:00pm


In this mix of discussion and behind the scenes clips, WolfWalkers directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart are joined by Assistant Director Mark Mullery and art director Maria Pareja to delve into the last six years of bringing WolfWalkers to the big screen.


With Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Maria Pareja and Mark Mullery.


Price: €10.00

Hometown Premiere - Screenings of WolfWalkers

The highlight of the festival weekend will be the Irish premiere of WolfWalkers, with multiple screenings of the film across the weekend of the Kilkenny Animated festival with free tickets available to the public.

IMC Cinema, Barrack Street, Kilkenny

Sunday 4th October   4:30pm | 5:15pm | 6:00pm | 6:45pm

In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the Wolfwalkers and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

Price: FREE

(Limited tickets available)

WolfWalkers Original Artwork Exhibition At Butler Gallery

The month long festival will culminate with the opening of The WolfWalkers Exhibition hosted by the new Butler Gallery. 

“In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn, comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when Robyn saves a wild native girl, Mebh, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalkers and transforms her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.”

Butler Gallery continues its successful partnership with Cartoon Saloon in presenting an exhibition in response to Wolfwalkers, Cartoon Saloon’s new film. The exhibition highlights the strengths and messages of this animated film whose story is based in medieval Kilkenny and includes core working drawings and backgrounds. This interactive and immersive exhibition is designed by Stephen McNamara of Roji and will coincide with the Irish premier of the film. 

As with previous collaborations with Cartoon Saloon, Butler Gallery will deliver an extensive programme of public engagement including animation workshops for professionals, general public and children; film screenings; storytelling and a Medieval Ireland Talk Series connecting the film to medieval Kilkenny.


WolfWalkers – The Art of Voicing Animation

Location: The Watergate Theatre

Saturday 3rd October – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Join some of the voice cast of WolfWalkers, including Eva Whitaker (Mébh) as they discuss the process of bringing the characters to life with directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart as they show behind the scenes footage of early drafts right through to the final sequences in the film. Also joining them are Niamh Moyles who worked on the voice recording sessions for WolfWalkers. The panel is hosted by Lighthouse Studio’s Gilly Fogg who is no stranger to the art of voicing for animation.

 With Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Eva Whitaker, Jon Kenny, John Morton, Niamh Moyles and Gilly Fogg

Price: €10.00