Cultural Ireland – Galway Arts Festival

Galway really is the cultural centre of Ireland and with such magnificent events as the Galway Arts Festival it is easy to see why. This festival will be taking place all over Galway City throughout mid-July. With so much to see and do you will be hard pressed to check out all the events you wish to go to.

The Galway Arts Festival is Ireland’s biggest annual arts festival and this year the festival will be entering its 31st year. Originally founded in 1978, the festival continues to grow in leaps and bounds to this day. All artistic disciplines are represented with theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature & comedy included in the programme.

The festival will be running from Monday 14th to Sunday 27th of July for 2 weeks of the best in imaginative entertainment. This year’s festival will feature over 400 artists from all over the world and includes plenty of natives as well. Also new this year will be the Festival Big Top which will be used by the bigger acts.

A sample of the acts you can expect when you arrive include Circa, the opening act in the new Festival Big Top and it is a high energy acrobatic act that will amaze you; there is also a street parade run by Macnas and it features a vast menagerie of different performances and party acts.

There is also a number of stage acts such as comedy with the likes of Des Bishop, David O’Doherty, Ed Byrne and there will also be a version of the classic TV show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ with Phil Jupitus as special guest. If you prefer something more cerebral there is plenty of that in the visual arts presentations including the inflatable works of Max Streicher; the audio/visual arts of Bill Viola; and the more traditional Irish landscapes by Kevin Mooney.

How to get there: Galway is located on the western coastline at about the same latitude as Dublin. So coming from Dublin you will want to head due west along the N4 for about 60kms before turning off onto the N6 which should take you all the way to Galway City.

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Just remember to enjoy your trip to Ireland and if you have any tips or questions of your own, why not post a comment below?