Galway International Arts Festival: The flagship event for Tourism in Ireland

24 July 2014

"Plays such as Ballyturk act as cultural billboards for what we are about around the world. The festival is a good flagship for tourism in the west of Ireland because everywhere we go with plays like that, it says Galway in the titles somewhere."

The Galway International Arts Festival is one of the most vibrant and exciting Festivals in the world, offering a unique blend of performance, music, visual art and discussion.

We are proud to be from the vibrant, cosmopolitan Galway that is the cultural capital of the West of Ireland. Every turn offers the possibility for new adventure; surreal giant puppets snaking through the streets, enchanting music, enthralling musicans and awe-inspiring street theatre.

The Festival is special. Worlds, cultures and dreams collide inspiring passion, creativity and new ways of thinking.

"Plays such as Ballyturk act as cultural billboards for what we are about around the world. The festival is a good flagship for tourism in the west of Ireland because everywhere we go with plays like that, it says Galway in the titles somewhere."

"Garth Brooks concert cancellation damages Irish economy, expert claims... but while Dublin concert promoters, hoteliers, publicans and other small businesses count the cost of the cancellation, the Galway arts festival is going from strength to strength, organisers have said. The festival has been rebranded for the first time this year to add "international" to its title. Tickets to the world premiere of Ballyturk, a haunting drama starring the Irish Hollywood stars Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea, have sold out. And crowds throng the medieval streets of the capital of Ireland's west coast while North American tourists stand in long queues at the festival box office."

Read Henry McDonald's full piece in The Guardian here.