Accolades

Galway International Arts Festival is consistently recognised by national and international organisations for its annual Festival, tours of productions and co-productions, and the First Thought Talks discussion platform.

Awards

Galway International Arts Festival’s theatre productions and co-productions have received 15 national and international theatre awards from 39 Nominations for its work from 2011-2018. Two further Special Tribute Awards were received by Festival artists Stephen Rea and Olwen Fouéré in recognition of their wider body of work throughout their careers, with special mention of their recent Festival-produced work.

International Awards

2014 - Edinburgh


riverrun

By James Joyce, adapted by Olwen Fouéré
TheEmergencyRoom and Galway International Arts Festival in association with Cusack Projects Ltd.

Awards

The Stage Award for Acting Excellence – Olwen Fouéré
Herald Arcangel Award – Olwen Fouéré
2011 - New York

Misterman

By Enda Walsh
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Award

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance - Cillian Murphy

National Awards

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2018


Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Adapted and directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy

The original production of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, produced by Complicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, had its world premiere in Galway and Dublin in March 2018. The show was co-produced with the Barbican, London, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre.

Nominations

Best Production
Best Actor - Cillian Murphy
Best Director - Enda Walsh
Best Set - Jamie Vartan and Will Duke (video projection)
Best Sound - Teho Teardo and Helen Atkinson


The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2017


Woyzeck in Winter

Adapted and directed by Conall Morrison
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Nominations

Best Production
Best Actor - Patrick O'Kane
Best Supporting Actress - Rosaleen Linehan
Best Set Design - Jamie Vartan
Best Lighting Design - Ben Ormerod
Best Costume Design - Joan O'Clery

Awards

Best Actor - Patrick O'Kane
Best Supporting Actress - Rosaleen Linehan

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2016


Arlington

By Enda Walsh
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Nominations

Best Designer: Set – Jamie Vartan
Best Sound Design – Helen Atkinson and Teho Teardo
Arlington is also nominated for the Audience Choice Theatre Award.

Award

Best Designer: Set – Jamie Vartan

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015

Judges’ Special Award

Nomination

Galway International Arts Festival - For its consistently supportive role as co-producer of independent theatre.

The Match Box

By Frank McGuinness
Galway International Arts Festival

Nominations

Best New Play – Frank McGuinness
Best Actress – Cathy Belton

Luck Just Kissed You Hello

By Amy Conroy
HotForTheatre and Galway International Arts Festival

Nomination
Best New Play – Amy Conroy

2014

Ballyturk

By Enda Walsh
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Nominations

Best Production
Best Director – Enda Walsh
Best Actor – Cillian Murphy
Best Designer: Set – Jamie Vartan
Best Designer: Lighting – Adam Silverman
Best Sound Design – Helen Atkinson and Teho Teardo

Awards

Best Production
Best Sound Design – Helen Atkinson and Teho Teardo

Stephen Rea received the Special Tribute Award in recognition of his continued commitment to the artform, his work with the Field Day Theatre Company, and his recent roles, particularly in Ballyturk.

2013


riverrun

By James Joyce, adapted by Olwen Fouéré
TheEmergencyRoom and Galway International Arts Festival

Nominations

Best Actress – Olwen Fouéré
Best Design: Lighting – Stephen Dood
Best Design: Sound – Alma Kelliher

Award

Best Design: Sound – Alma Kelliher

Olwen Fouéré was awarded the Special Tribute Award for her extraordinary contribution to Irish theatre.

2012

The Great Goat Bubble

By Julian Gough

Fishamble: The New Play Company & Galway International Arts Festival

Nomination

Best Lighting Design – Nick McCaul

2011

Misterman

By Enda Walsh
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival

Nominations

Best Production
Best Actor – Cillian Murphy
Best Designer: Lighting – Adam Silverman
Best Designer: Set – Jamie Vartan

Awards

Best Actor – Cillian Murphy
Best Set Design – Jamie Vartan

Galway International Arts Festival were also an associate on Druid Murphy, directed by Garry Hynes, which won 3 Irish Theatre Awards, including Best Production.

Druid Murphy

By Tom Murphy

Druid presents in a co-production with Galway Arts Festival, Quinnipiac University Connecticut, NUI Galway and Lincoln Center Festival

Nominations

Best Production
Best Actress – Eileen Walsh (Conversations on a Homecoming)
Best Actor – Marty Rea (A Whistle in the Dark)
Best Actor – Garrett Lombard (Conversations on a Homecoming)
Best Supporting Actress – Marie Mullen (Conversations on a Homecoming)
Best Supporting Actor – Gavin Drea (A Whistle in the Dark)
Best Supporting Actor - Aaron Monaghan (Conversations on a Homecoming)

Awards

Best Production
Best Supporting Actress – Marie Mullen (Conversations on a Homecoming)
Best Supporting Actor - Aaron Monaghan (Conversations on a Homecoming)

What the Press Says

“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 Europe’s Top 20 Art and Culture Festivals in 2018."

– Flight Network

"One of the most spectacular arts festivals in the world."

- TravelZoo