Galway International Arts Festival

The 40th Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) has come to a close - and what a 40th it was. 

An estimated 210,000 people from Ireland and across the world travelled to Galway to be part of our 40th anniversary celebrations and attend performances, talks, concerts, street events and exhibitions, representing an increase of 5% on last year. Check out the highlights here

Festival Reviews

Rave reviews also flooded in for the festival’s world premieres. The Guardian lauded the Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production, Woyzeck in Winter, describing the production as ‘triumphant… brilliant… extraordinary’ while The Sunday Independent described the show as ‘a dazzling achievement.’

There was also widespread critical acclaim for GIAF’s first ever opera, The Second Violinist, produced by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera. The Irish Times described it as ‘an extraordinary modern opera’ with The Guardian saying it was an ‘exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film’.

GIAF on Tour

Woyzeck in Winter, which features an all-star cast, including Camille O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Kane, Rosaleen Linehan and Peter Coonan, continues GIAF’s strategy of touring new work, travelling to The Barbican, London in September and also playing as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in October. Ballyturk, another Landmark Productions co-production, written and directed by Tony Award winning playwright Enda Walsh, is set to play St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 9-28 January 2018.  

Festival 2018

The 41st Galway International Arts Festival takes place from 16-29 July 2018. Sign up to our newsletter now to hear about the programme first and secure your tickets.