GIAF 2018 Programme Trailer

Catch a glimpse of the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) 2018 programme here, packed with exciting Irish and international theatre, circus, opera, dance, music, spectacle, visual art, comedy and First Thought Talks featuring interviews and discussions on the theme of 'Home'.

This year's theatre strand presents six world premieres and five Irish premieres, bringing artists and theatre makers from across the world to Galway. Don't miss 'One of the outstanding elegies of the 20th century', Paul Muldoon's reimagined Incantata. Be sure to catch the awe-inspiring circus events Backbone, from Gravity & Other Myths, and the 'thrilling' Humans by Circa. Also coming to Galway are The New York Times Critics' Picks The Fall by South Africa's Baxter Theatre and 'intensely affecting' Flight by Vox Motus, as well as two new works from Druid Theatre Company, the new opera production Orfeo ed Euridice, the 'phenomenal' The Aspirations of Daise Morrow, the 'extraordinary' Gardens Speak, and a new Rooms installation from Enda Walsh, Office 33A.

The festival also continues to play a vital role in fostering new work and presents a range of exciting visual arts installations from David Mach, Sarah Hickson, Deirdre O'Mahony, Jennifer Cunningham, and more.

Galway will continue to be the destination for artists across the musical spectrum this summer, with acts such as The Flaming Lips, Madness, Caribou, 2FM Live with Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra, Amadou & Mariam, the RTE Concert Orchestra Festival Proms, Kodaline, Walking on Cars, and Gavin James headlining the biggest line-up to date at the Heineken Big Top.

This year GIAF's discussion platform First Thought Talks shines a light on the theme of ‘Home’ in its many forms, with talks from President Michael D Higgins, Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, Professor Roy Foster, author Sebastian Barry, Andrew O'Hagan and many more. Street theatre includes the return of the 2017 smash hit The People Build from Oliver Grossetete, the awe-inspiring Museum of the Moon, the unique sensory experience, Miracoco Luminarium from Architects of Air, and a parade of illuminated winged creatures in Birdmen.

This year will also see the addition of the new Festival Garden to Galway. The home of the festival in the heart of Eyre Square will include an information hub and a lounge, where festival-goers can relax and enjoy great food and drinks, occasional DJs and live sets from guest artists too! 

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