Galway Arts Festival
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Galway Arts Festival, founded in 1978, Galway Arts Festival is Ireland's leading 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. It is one of the most successful and influential arts enterprises in the country.
Galway Arts Festival is an international celebration of the performing and visual arts and a showcase for Irish arts and international arts. Over 165,000 people attend the two week festival in 2013 with 190 performances in 29 venues across Galway.
Highlights from the programme in recent years 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 amongst others.
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.
The Guardian (July 2008) says:
- ..."the peculiar joy of Galway is that it covers the artistic waterfront without, like its famous Scottish sister, (Edinburgh), offering us a deluge. I've rarely encountered a better curated festival or one that more exhilaratingly mixed the local and the international."
The biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has... The Irish Times
...a glorious kaleidoscopic fortnight of events... The Irish Examiner
...this year's Galway fortnight made you look at life anew... The Irish Times
One of Europe's most important cultural events. BBC TV