Join & Support

It’s true what they say: the show must go on. But it wouldn’t go on without you - our funders, sponsors, Friends, donors, volunteers, interns and artists.

Each July since 1978, creatives and culture consumers have descended on the west of Ireland to take part in Galway International Arts Festival. In 2018, the Festival saw over 250,000 attendances and employed six full-time staff as well as 102 contract staff. It was supported by 1,000 volunteers. The Festival cost €4.1 million to produce and delivered an estimated economic impact of €40.8 million for Galway.

As our ambition for the Festival and for Galway grows even greater, 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 a bigger, better impact each year.

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.