What to do at Galway International Arts Festival

The Galway International Arts Festival 2023

The Galway International Arts Festival is back from the 17th – 30th of July.. The festival which is coming into its 44th active year after being founded back in 1978 has grown from strength to strength over the last four decades. In 2022 the Festival welcomed over 300,000 attendances to over 200 events in every corner of Galway City 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 17th – 30th of July 2023.

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 to 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 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!

Keep an eye on https://www.giaf.ie/ Galway International Arts Festival, website and social channels for updates on this years line up.

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