Program announced for Galway arts festival

A bumper program of events has been announced for this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.

The event will run at locations around the city from 11-24 July.

It is the first in three years that the festival has taken its usual place in the Galway summer calendar, having been canceled or scaled back in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic.

Several concerts, originally scheduled for 2020 have been postponed to this summer.

These include appearances by Pixies, Jon Hopkins, The Flaming Lips and The Stunning.

Theatrical offerings include a production of Sam Shepard’s True West, by the Chicago based Steppenwolf Company, as well as the world premiere of ‘From a Low and Quiet Sea’, a play by Donal Ryan, presented by Decadent Theater and Galway Arts Centre.

An ambitious project from the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture designation will also come to fruition over the course of the Festival.

Galway Community Circus has been training 150 locals who will perform on a high wire over the River Corrib.

The ‘LifeLine’ production combines circus arts with mental wellness to explore the potential of the arts, to transform peoples’ lives.

The Flaming Lips will be among the performers

A huge visual arts element to the program will see a solo exhibition by Ana Maria Pacheco take center stage at the Festival Gallery, located in the former An Post sorting office in the city centre.

New works from John Gerard, Sean Lunch and Tamara Eckhardt are among other highlights.

Meanwhile, dialogue and discussion will be the order of the day at the First Thought Talks series.

Issues including the housing crisis, climate and the Ukrainian conflict will be up for debate over the course of the Festival.

Fáilte Ireland said the fortnight-long celebration of culture is one of the landmark events for the region. The agency is expecting it will help the tourism sector to bounce back, after recent cancellations and disruption.

GIAF Artistic Director Paul Fahy said organisers were thrilled to be able to return to the usual schedule, for the first time since 2019.

He said people could look forward to two “wonderful weeks of great art and performance”.

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