Fresh from its success on the New York stage last week, Galway International Arts Festival officially launched its 2017 Festival programme at a reception in The Clarence Hotel, Dublin yesterday evening.
While the Festival team were in NY recently, details of this, the 40th Galway International Arts Festival, were announced, but the official festival brochure launches were held off until they returned home. Copies of the exciting programme were made available this evening at a reception in Dublin and today, at a reception in Galway.
The 40th GIAF Festival Programme Launch
This will be GIAF’s largest and most ambitious programme to date to mark its 40th Festival, which takes place from 17-30 July in Galway. New opera and theatre including four world premieres; Live at the Absolut Big Top; a First Thought programme that discusses Power; extraordinary visual art and street spectacle; and a special 40th Festival commission are among highlights of the 2017 programme.
The world premieres of a new play by Conall Morrison, and a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh; Kneehigh and maverick director Emma Rice; a special 40th Festival commission from the internationally acclaimed John Gerrard, and a major exhibition by Brazilian artist Ana Maria Pacheco; new theatre productions from Druid, the Abbey and London’s Old Vic; Beach Boys’ legend Brian Wilson at the Absolut Big Top; JFDR, the latest project from Iceland’s Jófríður Ákadóttir; First Thought Talks’ series of conversations on power; Syrian architect and authorMarwa al-Sabouni; and a sensational Street Art Programme featuring Olivier Grossetête’s The People Build are just some of the highlights of the 40th Galway International Arts Festival.
Artists and companies from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Iceland, UK, USA, Sierra Leone, South Korea, South Africa, Syriaand The Netherlands join forces with artists from Ireland to create what promises to be an unforgettable Festival of Extraordinary Experiences this July in Galway.
Graham McLaren Maureen Hughes, Jane Daly and Siobhan Bourke. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
A Tribute from President of Ireland to GIAF
President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins paid tribute to Galway International Arts Festival on the launch of its 40th anniversary programme: "For its four decades, the Galway International Arts Festival has reminded us that the arts are a crucial vehicle for citizen participation and that good artistic work is an essential part of being human. The festival has enabled the showcasing and appreciation of such artistic work, in the process broadening and deepening Ireland's international reputation as a country and a people defined by its artistic work and enriched by its inventive, creative and original people.”
In a special tribute to the Festival, President Micheal D Higgins had this to say: “The Galway International Arts Festival, from the beginning, has sought to give witness to the power of creative exploration; a power that will be so greatly evident this year in the many works which are fuelled by collaboration, fusion or an intersection between different art forms, or between artistic expression and new and innovative forms of communication." He added; "Participants will be invited to venture into new territory, walk down different pathways, to question the world in which we live, and be invited to make new sense of the realities which define our lives."
Artistic Director of GIAF, Paul Fahy and CEO, John Crumlish
Launching Festival 2017 Programme...GIAF Artistic Director & CEO
Speaking at the launch of the programme in the Clarence Hotel, CEO John Crumlish said: “2017 is a milestone year for Galway International Arts Festival. We present our most ambitious programme to date, will be touring for four months outside the festival and have started holding independent First Thought Talks. All in all, it’s going to be a special year, as we celebrate a significant birthday and start the countdown to Galway becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2020.”
Also speaking at the event, Galway International Arts Festival’s Artistic Director Paul Fahy said, “Artists and audiences are at the heart of everything we do and creating a space for artists to make and present work while engaging audiences is key to who we are. Festival 2017 features the very best of Irish and International artists from all over the world and a spotlight will shine on Galway for two incredible weeks this July as we celebrate our 40th Festival.”
Marie Madden, Tracey Ferguson and Carrie Hearns . Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
GIAF Recent Success in New York
As well as presenting the renowned two-week festival each July, GIAF now also produces and tours its own theatre productions and exhibitions nationally and internationally. With its co-producing partners, it has toured to London, Paris, New York, Edinburgh, Chicago, Adelaide, Sydney and Washington in the last three years. The Festival team are just back from New York with two productions, both currently wowing critics and audiences. Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival’s hit production from the 2016 GIAF, Arlington written and directed by Enda Walsh with choreography by Emma Martin is taking New York by storm at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. Arlington was also chosen as The New York Times Critics Pick, by Ben Brantley. Following hot on the heels of the Arlington opening, and in collaboration with the Irish Arts Center(IAC) in New York, Enda Walsh’s Rooms, a Galway International Arts Festival production, opened last week at Cybert Tire, the future home of the new IAC, and will also run until May 28. While in NY, GIAF also presented the First Thought Talk event in the US to a rapturous reception at the Irish Consulate. Adventurer and solo transatlantic rower Gavan Hennigan was in conversation with award-winning author and journalist, Belinda McKeon, during an inspiring and engaging talk.