Well folks, that's another year concluded...


For 55 years we have rewarded...

..number 55 no less 

We nurtured, debated, and celebrated creative excellence and creative thinking.

We are an intimate festival located in the picturesque seaside town of Kinsale Ireland. The personal approach to our Festival renders the dividing line between speaker and audience non-existent – which delegates have always found to be a very positive, inspirational and stimulating experience. 

The Kinsale Shark is awarded to outstanding work only.

Our trophy, the Shark head, is regarded as the most iconic trophy design industry-wide and is coveted by the creative community from Dublin to Dubai.



After a successful 2016 collaboration we have again partnered with Creative Social to host and curate our speaker events for 2017, which will take place during the festival on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September.

Founder Daniele Fiandaca; "Creative Social's purpose is to accelerate creative thinking for agencies and brands. We believe that we are about to enter a new Age of Creativity that will require a new set of creative problem solving skills"

speakers included


creative talks supported by

The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire
country to get involved in something truly inspirational

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Antonio Fernandez
Ex-NYC Gang Leader

"What does love look like in a gang?"

How does someone become leader of America's largest Latin Street gang then get sentenced to 15 years for conspiring to sell narcotics, then turn their life around completely and motivate 7000 gang members into a powerful creative force in the community? I'll tell you in September.



The Creative Bravery Award...

...in association with Creative Social.

This new award celebrates work which has the courage to genuinely push the boundaries, regardless of the risk or consequences. Work which only the bravest clients would sign off and which represented a genuine leap of faith....

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