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Over 14 days, the city can look forward to more than 200 events, across 32 venues, and involving more than 600 artists and performers, in what is to date, the largest Galway International Arts Festival ever staged.
The Galway International Arts Festival gets underway this Monday, July 16, but there is still time to volunteer at the festival - the largest to date in the event's 41 year history.
IN RECENT years South Africa has provided GIAF with some of its most memorable shows, such as Yaël Farber’s Molora and Mies Julie, to Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B. The Fall, from Baxter Theatre Centre and University of Capetown, is set to continue that trend in this year’s festival.
GIVEN STRANGE Brew Rekkids' releases to date have been firmly rooted in electronica, the sound of a gentle electric guitar, piano, and an oboe playing a melody faintly recalling Bette Midler's 'The Rose', is the last thing you expect to hear.
WHEN YOU walk into the Black Box to see a theatre show, what do you expect to find? A mixture of tiered seating and ground level seating facing the stage. However a show at this year's arts festival, will do away with all that.
THE SHOWPIECE theatre premiere in this year’s GIAF is the staging of Paul Muldoon’s great elegy Incantata, which the poet wrote in response to the death from cancer, in 1992, of his one-time lover, artist Mary Farl Powers, who was aged just 44.
THE MYTH of Orpheus and Eurydice has inspired countless artists down the centuries, including Ovid, Cocteau, Stravinsky, Titian, and Rodin. Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice is part of a rich and enduring artistic tradition and its exciting new staging from Irish National Opera, directed by Emma Martin, is a highlight of this year’s GIAF programme.
Among the speakers at the Galway International Arts Festival’s ‘First Thought Talks’ is Liz Fekete, director of Britain’s Institute of Race Relations. Her recently published book, Europe’s Fault Lines, examines the ominous rise of far right parties across the continent and attendant upsurge of racist and authoritarian policies and ideas.
AMONG THE exciting new plays being premiered at GIAF is Darach Mac Con Iomaire’s Baoite at An Taibhdhearc, a co-production with Abbey Theatre in association with the arts festival.
Galway International Arts Festival has opened the doors of its box office in the Galway Tourist Office on Forster Street, where the public can book tickets in person and by phone for the festival, which runs from July 16 to 29.