Galway International Arts Festival Launches 2021 Fundraising Campaign

11 May 2021

Online donations support GIAF’s year-round work as a nonprofit connecting artists and audiences, and providing volunteer and professional development opportunities

For over forty years, connecting artists and audiences to celebrate great art has been the heart of Galway International Arts Festival. Now more than ever, we want to continue delivering on that, but as a nonprofit organisation we need your help.

Every euro counts, so if you’re in a position to donate even €1 at this time, that €1 is a commitment to powering creativity and creating something extraordinary for people in our community as well as our wider international audience.

How Can I Donate to Galway International Arts Festival?

Donations can be made at any time by visiting and clicking the yellow “Donate” box on the top right. Ticket buyers can also add a donation to their online ticket purchase.

During Festival time, you may notice cash boxes and card tap boxes in locations like the Festival Gallery, Box Office and Festival Garden.

Find out more about supporting the Festival by making an online donation, donating to the GIAF Production Fund, or contributing a Major Gift.

Why Donate to GIAF?

As a nonprofit, Galway International Arts Festival depends on donations to help the Festival connect artists and audiences, ensuring art reaches as many people as possible and sparking the creativity that lives in all of us.

Each year, GIAF helps artists develop, present and produce their work and we help members of our community connect with the arts as volunteers and audience members. We also help young creatives gain ground in the industry through internships and the SELECTED programme (open for applications until Monday 17 May), which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary as part of the Festival’s Education Partnership with NUI Galway. This year, an additional support for Irish artists will be introduced through a new commissioning/bursary strand, Elevate (open for submissions until Friday 28 May).

GIAF receives a percentage of income from state funding and must make up the rest with box office sales, sponsorship and donations.

How Has GIAF Been Affected by Covid-19?

Along with the tourism industry, cultural and creative sectors are among the most affected by the current Covid-19 crisis.

In 2020, festivals like Galway International Arts Festival lost the bulk of their box office income, and effects are likely to be long-lasting as uncertainty lingers around in-person arts and cultural events.

That’s why we’re asking for your help to see us through the storm. Donations in 2021 will help us continue delivering world-class Irish and international work to our audience. Your support will also help us continue to provide professional development for NUI Galway students at the start of careers in the arts and inclusive community opportunities to volunteer. We hope Galway International Arts Festival can be a part of our collective recovery by providing inspiring art experiences when we need it most.

Become a Friend of the Festival

Donating €150 or more qualifies you for Friend of the Festival membership and opens up a world of exclusive perks, including priority booking, complimentary tickets and much more.

To find out more about becoming a Friend, visit the dedicated Friends section on our website or email Aisling O’Sullivan at

Free Ways to Support Galway International Arts Festival

It goes without saying this has been a difficult year for everyone, and many industries find themselves in a similar position to the live events and cultural sectors. We understand that some may not be in a position to donate at this time.

If you’re not able to donate but would like to support Galway International Arts Festival’s ongoing work, there are a number of ways to do so. Watching, commenting and sharing GIAF’s First Thought Talks and other online programming is one way to connect to our global audience.

Subscribing to the Festival’s First Thought podcast on iTunes, Apple or Spotify, and leaving us ratings and reviews, is another very helpful way to support our year-round work. You can also sign up to the GIAF newsletter for regular updates.

During the Festival, attending free events and volunteering are invaluable ways to support GIAF. Find out more about the Festival's volunteer programme, or email Carly Zimmerman at

Thank You

Finally, we’d like to sincerely thank everyone, near and far, who has supported us this past year. We look forward to the day it’s safe to gather in the streets, dance under the Heineken Big Top, and hold our breath as the curtain rises on a theatre premiere.

Until that day, we are so grateful for your support.

Galway International Arts Festival 2021 will take place 28 August-18 September, with a hybrid programme of live and online events to be announced in June. Heineken® Big Top concerts have been rescheduled to July 2022.

Galway International Arts Festival acknowledges the support of its principal funding agencies, The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland, Galway City Council, its Education Partner NUI Galway, its Energy Partner Flogas, and Drinks Partner Heineken®.

Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture for funding Mirror Pavilion, and for the additional support provided by Festival Energy Partner Flogas, Festival Partner Aerogen and Bluesky Ireland.