Galway International Arts Festival

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The Acme workers band playing at the festival in 2007

The Galway International Arts Festival, founded in 1978, is a multidisciplinary arts festival producing and presenting an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. The Festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland.

Galway International Arts Festival is a showcase for Irish arts and international arts. Over 165,000 people attended the two week festival in 2013, with 190 performances in 29 venues across Galway.

The festival Artistic Director is Paul Fahy. Past directors have included Patricia Forde.


Highlights from the programme in past years have included, Grizzly Bear, Chic, Imelda May, Glen Hansard with Damien Dempsey, Josh Ritter, Mick Flannery, Primal Scream, St. Vincent, New York Dolls, David Byrne, Brad Mehldau, Quartet, Bon Iver, David Hockney, Joni Mitchell, Henri Matisse Blondie, David Gray, the Brodsky Quartet, Stephen Isserlis, The National Bill Viola, Joni Mitchell, Hughie O'Donoghue, Walker Evans, David Byrne, Kodaline and Philip Glass.[1]

Visiting international theatre and dance companies have included John Mahoney and Northlight Theatre, Landmark Productions, the Royal National Theatre(London), the Royal Court Theatre, Propeller, the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, The Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago), Hubbard Street Dance, Michael Clark Dance Company, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, the Abbey Theatre, Galway’s Druid Theatre Company and the Bristol Old Vic.

A reviewer for The Guardian said that they had "rarely encountered a better curated festival or one that more exhilaratingly mixed the local and the international".[2] The Irish Times called it "the biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has".



  1. "Galway International Arts Festival 11 - 24 July 2016 | Ireland". Retrieved 2016-05-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. The Guardian, July 2008

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