What's On this Summer During GIAF 2022?

7 June 2022

The festival atmosphere will be in full swing in the City of the Tribes this summer as Galway International Arts Festival returns 11-24 July for 2 weeks of art, music, theatre, comedy, talks as well as the exciting return of circus and street spectacle.

We invite familiar festival-goers, families, newcomers, and locals alike to come walk the streets of Galway to experience the true joy and wonder of this year’s programme.

We’ve got you covered with performances to enjoy, places to stay, and things to see and do during Galway International Arts Festival. Wander from venue to venue and discover the Wild Atlantic Way while you're at it.

Check out our curated top list below:

Drone Aerial sky view, photo by Marc O Goill
Galway and Salthill from Above. Photo by Marc O Goill.

What To Do If You’re in Galway for a Day, a Weekend, or a Week

From Oranmore to Galway City to Lough Inagh, Connemara, explore county Galway and soak up the local culture.

Recommended Picks & Free Events for Families

Les Girafes | From Eyre Square to Spanish Arch, Saturday 16 July, 9.30pm & Sunday 17 July, 6pm

A herd of monumental and curious red giraffes will move nonchalantly through the streets of Galway led by an operatic Diva! These spectacular animals, who will enthral audiences of all ages, are joined by a troupe of circus ring masters adding to the excitement and energy of this magical street parade.

Spectacle & Street Art | Suitable for most ages | Free | Outdoors

Silent Disco Walking Tours with Guru Dudu | Meeting in Eyre Square, 13–24 July, various times

Why don’t you weave your way through Festival crowds in the summer sun [and maybe a little rain!] grooving to the Guru’s hand–selected mixtape of 70s, 80s and 90s hits? Warning: your cheeks may hurt from smiling.

Suitable for all ages | Outdoors | Book tickets today

LifeLine | BassAlto | Claddagh Basin, Saturday 16 July from 1:30pm to 6:30pm

LifeLine features a community cast of 150 people from all walks of life who will perform Europe’s largest highwire spectacle over the River Corrib in the heart of Galway City.

LifeLine will culminate with the world premiere of BassAlto, a visual and poetic circus show by a new all –female company of professional wirewalkers performing alongside ten local community performers.

Circus & Spectacle | Suitable for all ages | Free | Outdoor

Festival Garden | 11-24 July, open from 10 am to 11pm

The Festival Garden is a great new space for artists and audiences alike to come together to enjoy the chilled out atmosphere with great food, dazzling cocktails and drinks, occasional DJs and live sets from guest artists.

Public Lounge | Suitable for most ages | Free | Outdoors


Mars is the latest artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. The installation is a fusion of Mars imagery, light and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Suitable for all ages | Free | Arts Installation

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What Theatre Performances can I look forward to?

Home | Black Box Theatre, 20–24 July

Actor, creator and illusionist Geoff Sobelle throws open the doors and invites you to his party where on stage a house appears from nothing. Residents move in and move out of this magical construction, get married and divorced, grow up, die and haunt it – and all the while, they leave and live among traces of residents present, past, and future.

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The Tin Soldier | Black Box Theatre, 11-16 July

The Tin Soldier lifts Hans Christian Andersen’s complex and moving story off the page and into an unforgettable theatrical experience like no other. Inimitably narrated by Louis Lovett, and with original music by Conor Linehan, the production delicately moves between beauty and horror, comedy and despair, and features French dancer Kévin Coquelard and Ukrainian singer Olesya Zdorovetska.

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True West | Town Hall Theatre, 12-23 July

“If you have never seen a Steppenwolf production before, True West is the one to see” Broadway World

In 1982, Steppenwolf exploded onto the American Theatre scene with its now legendary production of Sam Shepard’s True West. One of the world’s most celebrated theatre ensembles, Chicago’s Steppenwolf make their much anticipated return to Galway for the first time in 15 years.

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Visit the city centre Festival Gallery

Remember by Ana Maria Pacheco

11am–6pm Sunday - Wednesday, late opening to 8pm Thursday – Saturday

This powerful solo exhibition by Brazilian–born artist Ana Maria Pacheco features a new multi–figure polychrome wood installation, Remember, created especially for Galway International Arts Festival.

Pacheco’s work deals with issues of control and the exercise of power and looks unflinchingly upon the perilous world people encounter as they strive for a better life. Pacheco looks fearlessly into the dark heart of humanity and seeks out the light. She encourages the viewer to get close to her figures and exploits the respective scale of each to challenge the audience’s physical and moral equilibrium.

Plan your visit

Galway International Arts Festival 2022 takes place 11-24 July with events in Galway City and county.

Explore the full programme today