What the Press Says

Galway International Arts Festival has received international acclaim for its Festival, its touring and its First Thought Talks platform. 

One of Best 5 Summer Festivals in Europe

“a powerhouse of ideas and innovation”

- The Guardian

“One of Europe's most important cultural events.” 


“The spirit of Galway International Arts Festival is all-inclusive, accessible and always open to suggestion. Contemporary festivals fall over themselves to state their commitment to both street and ‘high art’. The difference in Galway is, that ambition is realised.” 

– The Observer

“The biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has.”

– The Irish Times

“A glorious kaleidoscopic fortnight of events.” 

– The Irish Examiner

“Galway... one of the most significant arts festivals anywhere.” 

– The Irish Independent

One of the Top 20 Theatre Festivals Around the World

– American Express Essentials

One of Europe’s Top 20 Art and Culture Festivals in 2018

– Flight Network