Family Friendly Fun at GIAF 2017
July 21 2017

Family Friendly Fun at GIAF 2017

Reawaken the magic, creativity and imagination


Gather the family, grab a rain mac, but hope for sun, and get out and enjoy all that GIAF has to offer for little and large alike. Here’s what’s on:


GIAF Street Theatre for the Family


There’s nothing quite like the other-worldly magic that descends on Galway during the Galway International Arts Festival. Street theatre is at the core of what we do - bringing the magic out onto the streets for all to enjoy, for free!


The People Build 

(22-23 July, Eyre Square)

For this event, everyone is invited to get involved and work together to help transform thousands of cardboard boxes into an architectural building, from the ground up, on 22 July from 11am to 4pm.

Once the final product is created, everyone can take part once again in a celebratory demolition of the structure at 4pm on 23 July . This hands-on spectacle engages the imagination and creativity of all who participate. 



Chariot of the Sea

 (21 July 10pm, Eyre Square)

This interactive street show begins at Eyre Square and weaves through the crowds on the city streets to the Spanish Arch.

Their high energy and vibrant colors create a dream-like, magical experience unlike any other.

Mobile Homme

 (22 July 4pm, St. Nicolas’ Church)

Performers are lifted 100 feet into the air, above the crowd while playing drums and percussion instruments through the streets, from St. Nicolas’ Church to Eyre Square. This large scale aerial performance creates a breathtaking and magical giant human mobile - the perfect memory-making experience.



(28 - 29 July 6pm and 11pm, Eyre Square)

These friendly i-Puppets from a different time and place wander the city streets in search of something… could that something be you? Join as these illuminated and mysterious i-Puppets explore Galway, beginning at Eyre Square leading up to the Spanish Arch.


18-29 July

Performed by one of Australia’s most renowned circus companies, Casus Circus, Driftwood is an exciting show combining traditional and contemporary circus techniques. This magical show includes acrobatics, trapeze, choreography and aerial stunts, which will have not only the children but everyone in awe of the skill and bravery of these performers. The show takes place at the O’Donoghue Theatre, at NUI Galway on the 18-28 July at 12 noon and 3pm, and the 29 July at 10am and 12 noon.

How to Catch a Star

18 - 29 July

How to Catch a Star is the story of a boy who was always looking up, and dreamt of having a star as a friend. The show is adapted by Galway’s Branar Téatar do Pháistí from the book by Oliver Jeffers. It combines puppetry, animation, design and an original music score which reminds us all to follow our dreams. This non-verbal show resides in the O’Donoghue Theatre at NUI Galway, and can be seen from the 18-28 July at 12 noon and 3pm and again on the 29 July at 10 am and 12 noon.


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