A Message from John Crumlish and Paul Fahy

3 August 2020

To mark the announcement of Galway International Arts Festival's Autumn Edition programme, a message from CEO John Crumlish and Artistic Director Paul Fahy as they 'look forward to safely gathering again to enjoy great art with you'.

This has been a very challenging time for everyone. From the obvious dangers bravely faced by frontline staff to the financial and health worries experienced by so many.

It has, however, also been a time of great community spirit and togetherness and Galway International Arts Festival wishes to play its part in this. Despite the loss of so many great cultural events this year including our own July festival, all at GIAF were determined to present a programme of events in Galway in 2020. This programme is a love letter to all our loyal friends and audiences.

With public health and safety uppermost in our minds, we have radically rethought how we do things so that we are fully compliant with public health guidelines. Our programme, which is all about celebrating great art safely, will, we hope, help with the recovery of our country. None of this would be possible, however, without the artists who so imaginatively engaged with us under difficult circumstances. We are indebted to our funders and partners who, despite the challenges they themselves face, also wanted to be part of this.

For those who cannot attend the events in person, the programme has a strong digital focus so that you can share in the experience. For those who hopefully will join us, we ask for your cooperation in observing the public health guidelines outlined at our various venues and ask that you follow staff instructions carefully.

Whatever way you attend in this most unusual year, we look forward to safely gathering again to enjoy great art with you.

Welcome to Autumn Edition.

John Crumlish
Chief Executive

Paul Fahy
Artistic Director