Galway International Arts Festival

The 40th Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) has come to a close - but the festival doesn't sleep.  

GIAF on Tour

Woyzeck in Winter, our Landmark Productions co-production starring Camille O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Kane, Rosaleen Linehan and Peter Coonan, travels to The Barbican in London in September and also plays as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in October, continuing GIAF’s strategy of touring new work. 

Meanwhile, Ballyturk, another Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival 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

Work has already begun on our 41st Galway International Arts Festival, which takes place from 16-29 July 2018, with announcements expected in January 2018 if not earlier. Sign up to our newsletter now to hear about the programme first and secure your tickets. 

Festival 2017 

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 2017 Reviews

Rave reviews flooded in for the festival 2017’s world premieres. The Guardian lauded 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’.