Galway International Arts Festival Announce Autumn Edition

4 August 2020

Galway International Arts Festival is delighted to announce our Autumn Edition 2020 programme, which welcomes audiences to safely experience art live in person while facilitating those who may prefer to engage from home.

Earlier this year the decision was made not to proceed with the July 2020 Galway International Arts Festival in the interests of public health but the Festival team were still committed to playing their part in the national recovery. Today John Crumlish and Paul Fahy announced details of an exciting programme of events entitled Galway International Arts Festival, Autumn Edition.

The programme which will take place this September and October will include both live arts and an enhanced digital component giving audiences a choice as to how they wish to engage with it, in person (both indoors and outdoors) or at home digitally. The aim is that while moving forward and bringing live experiences back to the fore, no one is left behind, especially those who are unable to travel to Galway or are currently staying at home.

Acutely aware of public health concerns, the programme is designed to be presented within public health and Government guidelines, with all events allowing for limited attendance and social distancing.

The centrepiece of the programme will be the world unveiling of a major new visual arts commission for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. Presented outdoors in Galway city and in Connemara, the unveiling of John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion will be a dazzling moment on the Irish landscape.

Among the Highlights Will Be:

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard, using cutting edge digital technology, will be one of the largest outdoor installations ever to be seen in Ireland, as well as new work in the Festival Gallery from Hughie O’Donoghue and online from Sarah Hickson. The Festival gallery will also host American video art pioneer Bill Viola’s Three Women.

Be among the first to see in person a new work by Enda Walsh at a work-in-progress stage, with Clare Barrett and Aoife Duffin which will also mark Domhnall Gleeson’s return to the stage as well as a new ROOM, also written by Enda, to explore.

First Thought Talks: the big issues and challenges of 2020 are explored with speakers including Samantha Power, Professor Luke O’Neill, Marion McKeone, Colm Tóibín, Gaia Vince, Eamon Dunphy and Fintan O’Toole.

Experience through headphones, as you walk through the streets of Galway, Cascando by Samuel Beckett directed by Gavin Quinn, from Pan Pan.

Live performances to mark Beethoven 250 by ConTempo string quartet.

Tickets go on-sale at 1pm Monday 10 August.

"While this has been a very challenging time for everyone, we were determined to present a programme in Galway this year despite everything and we are set to do just that with our Autumn Edition.
We wanted this to be a love letter from the arts to our audience during a very difficult period for people.
We have had to radically rethink how we do things but one thing's for sure, we look forward to safely gathering again to celebrate great art with everyone - either in person or online – this Autumn.” John Crumlish, Chief Executive, Galway International Arts Festival.

‘Over the last few months the importance of culture has been more evident than ever before as we all embraced our favourite art forms to help us through such a difficult time. We are hugely excited to re-establish live experiences between artists and audiences alongside online experiences for those who cannot join in person. As the country emerges from lockdown, we hope Galway International Arts Festival will help elevate the mood of the nation and enrich many hearts and minds as we present this Autumn Edition. It will also be a particular thrill to unveil the spectacular Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard on the Irish landscape.’ Paul Fahy, Artistic Director, Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Education Partner NUI Galway, Festival Energy partner Flogas and Drinks Partner Heineken®.