Arts festival box office opens on Forster Street

Performers Emma Regan and Phillip Sweeney with the help of 2016 Festival artist, Donnacha Cahill and his giant sculpture 'The Gramophone' throw open the doors of the Festival Box Office located at Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street, Galway on Monday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Performers Emma Regan and Phillip Sweeney with the help of 2016 Festival artist, Donnacha Cahill and his giant sculpture 'The Gramophone' throw open the doors of the Festival Box Office located at Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street, Galway on Monday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

The Galway International Arts Festival Box Office officially opened at the Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street, this week, just as festival bound theatre director Ivo Van Hove won a Tony Award in New York.

Van Hove, who won the Best Director award at the Tonys, is directing the new Simon Stephens play Song From Far Away at the Town Hall Theatre during the Festival.

Festival artistic director Paul Fahy reported "strong sales" for the Festival’s theatre productions and Big Top concerts. “It has been a really busy so far," he said. "We are seeing strong early demand for the Festival’s own productions, including the world premieres of Enda Walsh’s Arlington [a love story], Invitation to a Journey, and Druid’s Waiting For Godot, all of which went into rehearsal last week. There is also great demand for our Absolut Big Top shows presented in association with the Róisín Dubh.”

The festival runs from July 11 to 24 July. The box office is open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 10am to 5pm. For bookings call 091 - 566577 or www.giaf.ie

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