What to do at Galway International Arts Festival

The Galway International Arts Festival 2022

The Galway International Arts Festival is back from the 11th – 24th of July at full capacity this year after a 2-year hiatus due to Covid-19. The festival which is coming into its 43rd active year after being founded back in 1978 has grown from strength to strength over the last four decades.

In 2019 there were  260,000 attendees at over 200 performances, talks and exhibitions in 30 venues over the festival’s  2-week duration in the city of the Tribes.

Where is the Galway Arts Festival?

The Galway International Arts Festival takes place across several locations including NUI Galway, University Road, Eyre Square, Waterside and Dominick Street. The festival hosts big theatrical events and concerts in their ‘Big Tent’ at Fisheries Field on the campus of NUI Galway.

In which month does the Galway Arts Festival take place?

This year, The Galway International Arts Festival is taking place from the 11th – 24th of July 2022 at full capacity. The festival is back in full swing after a 2-year hiatus due to Covid-19 and the restrictions that were put in place.

History of The Galway International Arts Festival

The concept of the festival came to fruition by a group of artists who while sitting around a kitchen table one day dreamed of bringing world-class artists to Ireland, while also supporting our own Irish artists showcasing their work on the world stage, creating unique and wonderful experiences for all.

Since this initial kitchen table discussion, the festival has become intrinsic in propelling Galway forward and assuring its rightful place on the map as a key cultural centre for both the arts and for elevating Galway as a must-see tourist destination for international tourists. The mission of Galway International Arts Festival is to be a 21st Century Pilgrimage that delivers a world-class festival experience for the most number of people possible and is an artistic leader in the presentation and origination of work. The festival truly is an unforgettable encounter for all, it unlocks passions in people and inspires new ways of thinking and acting. As it notes on the festival’s website, “The festival is special, worlds, cultures and dreams collide, inspiring passion, creativity and new ways of thinking” and we at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road couldn’t agree more!

What do at The Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival.

The festival this year is jammed with various different shows which will either encaptivate the imagination, leave you amazed or have you falling out onto shop street with your slides splitting from laughing! The shows are sure to sell out after the long-awaited return so be sure to check the website, pick the shows you want to see and get your accommodation booked and experience a truly unique and bewildering trip to the city of the Tribes for what is sure to be the best Galway International Arts Festival yet!

We have selected some shows below as our pick of the festival but make sure to head over to the Galway International Arts Festival website and see the full schedule of the shows ahead!

True West

Steppenwolf’s first time back in Galway in over 15 years for the American classic! The show follows the volatile relationship of two brothers Austin & Lee who find themselves holed up in their mother’s suburban home with a typewriter, a set of golf clubs and the undeniable call of the desert. In this hugely acclaimed revival, a new generation of artists take on Shepard’s masterpiece.

‘If you have never seen a Steppenwolf production before, True West is the one to see.’ – Broadway World.

The Tin Soldier

Hans Christian Andersen’s quintessential tale as a mirror to illuminate and reveal its author as a warrior for the imagination, a revolutionary outsider. Starring Killnaskully and Fair City favourite Louis Lovett.

‘Theatre Lovett, one of the most imaginative and indispensable companies at work today’ – THE IRISH TIMES

Our Teachers a Troll

A brilliant performance awaits as headline act Sinead O’Connor comes to Galway! She’s the visionary and uncompromising artist behind the early new wave explosion of ‘Mandinka’ and the multi-platinum soul of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 You’.

This year marks the return of Sinéad O’Connor after a four-year hiatus from performing. Her new beginning will see her bring out new music and tour the world once again as one of the true and original living greats of our time.

Sinead O’Connor

A brilliant performance awaits as headline act Sinead O’Connor comes to Galway! She’s the visionary and uncompromising artist behind the early new wave explosion of ‘Mandinka’ and the multi-platinum soul of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 You’.

This year marks the return of Sinéad O’Connor after a four-year hiatus from performing. Her new beginning will see her bring out new music and tour the world once again as one of the true and original living greats of our time.

Deirdre O’Kane

If it is comedy you’re after there is plenty on offer, this includes Gerry Mallons Laughter Loft and of course Deirdre O’Kane who will be in the Roisin Dubh! Catch her brilliant new stand–up show, Demented, on the final night of Galway International Arts Festival 2022.

‘Unique star quality.’ – The Guardian

Hotels near Galway International Arts Festival

Wondering where to stay in Galway during the Galway International Arts Festival?

While attending the Arts Festival in Galway, it only makes sense to stay in close proximity to the event location! The Festival takes place across several locations including NUI Galway, University Road, Eyre Square, Waterside and Dominick Street to name a few.

With these Festival locations in mind, staying at the Maldron Hotel Sandy Road makes sense as reaching each location is easy with a travel time of under 9 minutes by car, and 25 minutes by public transportation.

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road, Galway

Your trip to Galway will get easier thanks to Maldron Hotel Sandy Road – the location making everything very accessible via car as well as public transport.

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway is ideally located just a few minutes from Galway City Centre. With free underground car parking and easy access from M6 and M17, it’s the perfect 4* accommodation in Galway whether you are looking to book a leisurely weekend getaway, a trip with your friends or even planning a business trip.

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