Arts festivals

Galway International Arts Festival

Date
Jul 13 2020 - Jul 26 2020
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Address

Galway City, Galway,
T: +353 91 509700

Join the festival for a creative collision of artists, musicians, actors, writers, performers, friends and fans at the edge of Europe 13 - 26 July 2020

Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) is a major cultural organisation, which produces one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals; develops and produces new work that tours nationally and internationally; and presents a major discussion platform, First Thought Talks.

This multidisciplinary festival takes place each July in Galway and covers a range of art forms, including theatre, dance, music, opera, street spectacle, visual arts, discussion and comedy. In 2019, over 200 events took place in 30 venues over the course of 14 days with an attendance in excess of 260,000. The Guardian named the festival as one of the Top 5 Summer Festivals in Europe. The 2020 festival takes place from 13 - 26 July 2020.

Founded in 1978, the Festival has contributed massively to placing Galway firmly on the map, as both a key cultural centre for the arts and a cultural tourism destination on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. The Festival has also founded and acted as a seedbed for a number of well-known and established arts organisations in Galway.

Galway International Arts Festival presents and produces programmes of the highest quality across all art forms. The Festival is committed to continually developing and producing new work, which tours internationally. In recent years, the Festival’s co-productions - Rooms, Arlington, Ballyturk, riverrun and Chapatti have toured extensively throughout Ireland, UK, USA and Australia.

Highlights from the programme in recent years include; Elvis Costello, The National, Brian Wilson, Primal Scream, Philip Glass, New York Dolls, David Gray, David Byrne, Brad Mehldau, Blondie, Kronos Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Bon Iver, the Flaming Lips, David Hockney, Joni Mitchell, St Vincent, Patricia Picinini, Henri Matisse and David Mach.