Galway International Arts Festival
Galway International Arts Festival 2019 will take place from 15-28 July 2019, with programme details set to be announced from December 2018.
The 41st Galway International Arts Festival came to a close on Sunday 29th July 2018, following two weeks of rave reviews and record-breaking attendance and box office.
Over 600 participating artists from all over the world enthralled audiences attending performances, talks, concerts, street events and exhibitions, resulting in a record-breaking attendance of 252,748. Meanwhile, 145,000 people flocked to the new Festival Garden on Eyre Square, which proved a huge hit with locals and visitors who enjoyed al-fresco drinks and dining and occasional pop-up performances with guest artists.
Rave reviews flooded in for the world premiere of the Festival’s production of Incantata by Paul Muldoon, co-produced with Jen Coppinger. The Irish Examiner described the new production as ‘a remarkable piece of theatre’, The Guardian called it ‘visually stunning’, while The Sunday Independent called Stanley Townsend’s performance ‘electrifying’.
The Irish National Opera and United Fall production Orfeo ed Euridice, in association with GIAF, was critically acclaimed as ‘an opera of intense, crisp energy’ by The Irish Times, while The Independent described the Emma Martin directed production, which was conducted by Peter Whelan, an ‘extravaganza’. The production will go on a nationwide tour in 2019.
Watch our festival highlights video below.
Festival 2018 Reviews
Flight Network named Galway Interntional Arts Festival as one of Europe’s Top 20 Art and Culture Festivals in 2018.
American Express Essentials called it One of the Top 20 Theatre Festivals Around the World.
GIAF on Tour
Grief is the Thing with Feathers starring Cillian Murphy and adapted and directed by Enda Walsh, presented by Complicité and Wayward Productions in association with Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, premiered in Galway in March 2018 before going on to the O'Reilly Theatre in Dublin. Tickets for both runs were completely sold out. Find out more here.
Ballyturk, the Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production, written and directed by Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh, had its US premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York from 9-28 January, 2018. Read what the critics had to say here.
Woyzeck in Winter, our Landmark Productions co-production starring Camille O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Kane, Rosaleen Linehan and Peter Coonan, finished its run at The Barbican in London in September 2017 and also played as part of the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival in October, continuing GIAF’s strategy of touring new work. The production is nominated for six Irish Times Theatre Awards. Read the reviews here.