Each year since 1978, creatives and culture consumers have descended on the west of Ireland to take part in Galway International Arts Festival. In 2019, the Festival saw over 260,000 attendances at over 200 events. It employed a small core team as well as over 100 contract staff and was supported by 1,000 volunteers. The Festival delivered an estimated economic impact of €34.4 million for the local economy.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival could not take place on its usual dates but instead was reimagined as an Autumn Edition. The programme featured a mix of live and online events in a safe, fun environment. We believe that no matter the circumstances, the future is bright, and we know that the arts will be key to our collective recovery.
As our ambition for the Festival and for Galway remains strong, your support is more important than ever. All income from our activities is invested back into the Festival each year, so that any monetary support you give goes toward delivering critical impact.
Likewise, as a participating artist, volunteer or intern, you can see in real time the growing force of the positive effect you have.
There are so many ways to utilise your particular passions and talents to support creativity through Galway International Arts Festival. Whether you make a generous gift to our Production Fund to help bring a ground-breaking new Enda Walsh play to life, become a vital Friend of the Festival or volunteer to help us build an entire cardboard building in one weekend in Eyre Square, you can help people experience extraordinary through GIAF.