Which GIAF21 Events Are Available Online?

30 August 2021

From the Irish premiere of Medicine by Enda Walsh to an Other Voices concert broadcast live from St Nicholas’ Church, the Galway International Arts Festival 2021 programme offers plenty of options to enjoy from the comfort of home.

To help you plan your GIAF @ Home experience, we’ve created a list of must-see performances, virtual art exhibitions, podcasts and playlists to tune into this autumn.

In 2020, we piloted our first hybrid programme of in person and online events and we’re happy to say that in 2021 we have even more virtual options available to audiences around the world.

Whether you’re unable to travel to Galway this year or you simply prefer to enjoy the programme from home, you are a welcome part of this year’s festival audience.

Click here to explore full event listings and book tickets.

What Theatre Performances Can I Watch From Home?

Medicine by Enda Walsh | Book tickets to watch online

Livestream 15, 16, 17 & 18 September, 8pm
On Demand 20-26 September

A smash hit at the Edinburgh International Festival, Medicine is drawing rave reviews from critics and audiences alike:


Don’t miss your chance to see this Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production before it tours to New York’s St Ann’s Warehouse later this year.

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Volcano | Luke Murphy’s Attic Projects | Book tickets to watch online

Online from 6 - 18 September

Volcano is a new work by creative force Luke Murphy. Part theatre, part dance, part sci-fi thriller, Volcano can be enjoyed as a series or as a standalone piece.

Volcano will be available for on demand online viewing from 6 September. Tickets to watch on demand will go on sale at a later date.

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I Miss Concerts. Are There Any Music Live-streams?

Other Voices Galway | Live from St Nicholas' Church | Available until Saturday 18 September

Performances by NewDad, Anna Mullarkey, Tolü Makay, Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery.

Galway International Arts Festival and Other Voices join forces for a special one–off livestream this September from Galway’s beautiful 13th century St. Nicholas’ Church.

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e-Motions by CelloVision | 2 September, 8pm

This live multimedia performance fuses sound, dance and image in the beautiful surrounds of Galway Cathedral

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To celebrate its 25th birthday, ConTempo Quartet will perform its favourite works, some of the most beautiful music ever composed for string quartet.

The in person performances scheduled for 28 and 29 August were cancelled due to government restrictions on live music, but we are delighted that Festival audiences can enjoy the performances online.

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Online Visual Arts Exhibitions at Galway International Arts Festival 2021

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard Online

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, Derrigimlagh Bog, 28 August - 18 September | Free from giaf.ie

If you can’t make it to Connemara’s Derrigimlagh Bog to see Leaf Work in person, you can experience the artwork's astonishing virtual world via livestream.

About Leaf Work: The virtual character you see in the livestream is a lone, melancholic figure clad in oak leaves who walks a simple circle, responding to the position of the sun and changing temperatures. She performs a lament for our heating planet and the effects of human advances on the non-human world.

Click here to watch the stream or click here to read more about Leaf Work by John Gerrard

Precarious Freedom: Crowds, Flags, Barriers

Joy Gerrard | Watch the virtual tour | Free from giaf.ie

For Precarious Freedom, Gerrard will exhibit a series of drawings made during 2020 and 2021 and two new large–scale installation works.

Drawing on over a decade of image–making and research on themes of protest and urban space, Joy Gerrard archives and painstakingly remakes media–borne crowd images. Her subjects include climate change, Brexit, BLM protests and women’s equality.

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imPRESSions 2021

Online Exhibition | View here

An online exhibition focusing on fine art printmaking, celebrating the remarkable activity and commitment to printmaking in Ireland, as well as reflecting on the passion for the medium worldwide.

Learn More or visit the imPRESSions website

Is there anything I can listen to at home or on the go?

First Thought Talks | Free on giaf.ie and YouTube from 13 September

10-12 & 18 September.

All First Thought Talks will be recorded and available to watch on YouTube within hours of the event taking place live. Talks will also be available to listen to on GIAF's First Thought podcast later this year.

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Vinyl Hours on the First Thought Podcast

Vinyl Hours is a series of intimate conversations in which artists discuss the soundtracks of their lives with host Tiernan Henry. Traditionally a popular live event, we're delighted to share new Vinyl Hours conversations on the First Thought podcast.

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About Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival 2021 takes place 28 August - 18 September with online and in person events in Galway city and county.

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.