Galway Arts Festival
The Galway Arts Festival, founded in 1978, is a multidisciplinary arts festival producing and presenting an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. The Festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland.
Galway Arts Festival is a showcase for Irish arts and international arts. Over 165,000 people attended the two week festival in 2013, with 190 performances in 29 venues across Galway.
Highlights from the programme in past years have included, Grizzly Bear, Imelda May, Glen Hansard with Damien Dempsey, Josh Ritter, Mick Flannery, Primal Scream, Philip Glass, New York Dolls, David Byrne, Brad Mehldau, Quartet, Bon Iver, David Hockney, Joni Mitchell, Henri Matisse Blondie, David Gray, the Brodsky Quartet, Stephen Isserlis, Bill Viola, Joni Mitchell, Hughie O'Donoghue, Walker Evans, David Byrne and Philip Glass.
Visiting international theatre and dance companies have included John Mahoney and Northlight Theatre, Landmark Productions, the Royal National Theatre(London), the Royal Court Theatre, Propeller, the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, The Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago), Hubbard Street Dance, Michael Clark Dance Company, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, the Abbey Theatre, Galway’s Druid Theatre Company and the Bristol Old Vic.
A reviewer for The Guardian said that they had "rarely encountered a better curated festival or one that more exhilaratingly mixed the local and the international". The Irish Times called it "the biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has".
- The Guardian, July 2008