SELECTED is a two-week academy giving students the opportunity to see how a festival of GIAF’s magnitude is put together and also to hear from the key people involved through exclusive meetings with the GIAF team and creatives. There are 3 key elements of SELECTED: Professional networking, practical experience, and artistic development.

SELECTED operates as part of the University of Galway/Galway International Arts Festival partnership and forms part of our shared strategy of developing the next generation of artists, arts managers, creative entrepreneurs, and other professionals in the west of Ireland and beyond. SELECTED offers free access to many of the events in the Festival Programme including theatre and dance shows, post-show talks, Heineken Big Top concerts, visual art installations, First Thought Talks, and readings of new work.

Applications for SELECTED at Galway International Arts Festival 2024 are now closed.

SELECTED participants will receive theoretical, practical, and arts-specific training in preparation for their story bank and pitch project. As an Ambassador they will know the who, the what, the where of the festival and advise the public on all of their festival needs. They will also support the Festival sustainability goals by volunteering as green ambassadors.

SELECTED Conversations

2023 SELECTED participants in conversation with GIAF Artistic Director Paul Fahy

Participants also act as Festival Ambassadors, interacting with visitors on the streets of Galway and learning in a fun, practical way. Each day brings new experiences as SELECTED Ambassadors are stationed in the Festival’s most popular areas to help spread awareness of events and help visitors with queries.

Students have a dedicated Coordinator to guide and advise them throughout the programme. SELECTED participants have gone on to work with Galway International Arts Festival as well as with arts organisations throughout Ireland and abroad.

GIAF Selected Participants
GIAF Selected Participants 2023

"As a member of SELECTED, I was granted an extraordinary chance to meet with each GIAF staff member and learn from them as they shared their experiences. Meeting everyone was a far more powerful learning tool than could ever be accomplished through academics alone. The most inspiring realization is that these individuals are patient and excited to help young emerging artists.

As a theatre student and artist, I experienced the majority of the Festival’s offerings. That opportunity placed me at performances that I would have not considered attending but which spoke to me in a way that I did not expect and opened my mind to art forms unfamiliar to me."

– Rena Bryson, SELECTED participant 2018, Founder at Eva's Echo Theatre Company

SELECTED 2023 Cohort with John Crumlish, Paul Fahy, and Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh
SELECTED 2023 Cohort with John Crumlish, Paul Fahy, and Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh