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Welcome to the fifth 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.

The standups put the economists under the spotlight to talk through crucial issues such as the prospects for the Irish economy in 2015 and what happens if the UK leaves the EU. We're also talking Arab springs, Russian winters, new Asia, Scandinavian cool, Ireland’s new housing bubble, international sporting tournaments, Game of Thrones and even Kilkenny’s own controversial Central Access Scheme.

We’re now seven weary years into the global financial and economic crisis and there are tentative signs of recovery, putative green shoots and even growth in places. There is of course difference of opinion as to whether these are real or illusory and to what extent inequality can undermine what little progress we have made. We’re moving into a new phase now, taking stock and calmly and carefully examining the solutions.

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.

Here’s a taste what the press has had to say about Kilkenomics:

  • 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!”

 

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