See what it takes to fuel the Festival.

Every prop, light bulb, picture frame and costume comes at a price. Without stage managers, actors, lighting technicians, sound supervisors, carpenters, backstage managers and invigilators, no art would reach the stage or gallery wall. 

That’s why your support, through donations small and large, is so important. When booking a ticket to a show, we ask you to think about what goes on behind the scenes. Make a donation and you will play a crucial role in bringing extraordinary experiences to life, experiences that will help change people’s perspective and inspire the world to be more creative. 

Funding GIAF - a Not-For-Profit Organisation

Galway International Arts Festival is a registered charity and a not-for-profit organisation. All income generated goes towards producing the Festival each year. 

Everybody plays a part in making this Festival happen. Play yours today. Donate Now.

The 2018 Galway International Arts Festival cost €4.1 million to produce. We pay for everything from artist flights to freight costs, set building to lighting costs, accommodation to security. Every year the Festival features theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy, with over 600 artists and performers descending on Galway to take part.

Over 25% of the Festival programme is free and forms the cornerstone of our ambition to make the arts as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Donate Now.

2018 Festival Highlights 


Funding: 2018 Income Breakdown

We are very grateful for the following revenue sources, which helped fund the 2018 Festival.

  • Public Sector Grants: 22%
  • Ticket Sales: 46%
  • Sponsorship & Friends Scheme (including in kind support*): 26%
  • Other Earned Income: 6%

In 2018, the Festival employed 6 full-time and 102 part-time staff and was also supported by over 1,000 dedicated volunteers.

 A big THANK YOU to all those who support the Festival.

*In-kind support includes accommodation for artists, box office venue, marketing and advertising.