Galway International Arts Festival

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Things to do in County Galway, Ireland - Galway International Arts Festival - YourDaysOut
Co. Galway, H91 FT54, Ireland
Jul 17, 2023 6:00:00 PM - Jul 30, 2023 12:00:00 AM
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Galway International Arts Festival has been connecting audiences and artists for almost four decades.

Founded in 1978, it has grown into an event with a major reputation where, in 2016, there were 200,000 attendances at 200 performances, talks and exhibitions in 26 venues over 14 days.

Galway International Arts Festival presents and produces programmes of the highest quality across all art forms featuring theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, discussion and comedy.

Highlights from the programme in recent years include; Elvis Costello, The National, Primal Scream, Philip Glass, New York Dolls, David Gray, David Byrne, Brad Mehldau, Blondie, Kronos Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Bon Iver, David Hockney, Joni Mitchell, St Vincent, Patricia Picinini, Henri Matisse and David Mach.

Visiting international theatre and dance companies have included John Mahoney and Northlight Theatre, Cillian Murphy, Enda Walsh, The Royal National Theatre, Propeller, The Royal Court, Steppenwolf, Fabulous Beast Dance Company, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, The Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Company and the Bristol Old Vic.

The jam-packed 2023 Festival brings artists from across the globe to Ireland including The Pulse from Gravity & Other Myths featuring a company of over 60 performers with a choir of 30 female voices; a newly commissioned installation from David Mach; the return of Colm Meaney to the Irish stage after 40 years performing alongside his daughter Brenda Meaney in Bedbound from Landmark Productions and GIAF; an enormous Dragon wandering the streets of Galway City; epic theatre with DruidO’Casey directed by Garry Hynes; Baxter Theatre and Handspring Puppets Life & Times of Michael K from South Africa directed by Lara Foot; a stellar line up at the Heineken® Big Top; artists Diana Copperwhite and Lorraine Tuck; Grafton Architects; musicians Martha Wainwright, KT Tunstall, Susan O’Neill, Robert Forster, James Yorkston and Nena Peerson; and First Thought Talks featuring Lindsey Hilsum, Fintan O’Toole, Gaisu Yari and a host of speakers.

From Druids to Dragons and Artists to Acrobats!

Galway International Arts Festival takes place 17-30 July in Galway, Ireland.

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