Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) is a major cultural organisation which produces one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals, develops and produces new work, and presents a major discussion platform First Thought Talks.

GIAF productions go on to tour nationally and internationally, and First Thought Talks have taken place in Galway, New York, and London.

The organisation has played a very significant role in placing Galway firmly on the map as both a key cultural centre for the arts and a cultural tourism destination on the Wild Atlantic Way. It now looks forward to playing a central role in the European Capital of Culture 2020 designation awarded to Galway.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the July 2021 Festival has been rescheduled to 28 August-18 September 2021.

Please note that all Heineken Big Top concerts are rescheduled to July 2022 and original tickets remain valid.

GIAF’s Chief Executive is John Crumlish and its Artistic Director is Paul Fahy.