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IMAGINE AN opera where the main character is not allowed to sing, nor allowed have any lines. He may not even utter the slightest sound. Such an opera has just opened at the Galway International Arts Festival.
JARLATH REGAN has come a long way since his days of doing ice-cream ads on the TV. These days he runs the award-winning An Irishman Abroad podcast and recently supported Jack Whitehall on his arena tour.
The largest and most ambitious Galway International Arts Festival to date opened this week, with more than 200 events running across this week and next, in what is one of Ireland's flagship cultural events.
THE GROUNDBREAKING Irish composer Stano, brings his latest work, 'In Between Silence’, described by New York reviewer Rosie Vaughn as “a masterclass in storytelling”, to the Galway International Arts Festival.
GOLDEN RECORD - it can mean the LP included on the Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 or an album which has sold more than 500,000 copies in the United States. Both are documents or recorded music, preserved for posterity.
JFDR is the latest project of the gifted and prolific Icelandic singer-songwriter Jófríður Ákadóttir. Only 23, she has already released a string of albums with Samaris and Pascal Pinon, collaborated with Gangly, Low Roar, and Lapalux, and in March, released her first solo album, Brazil, to rave reviews. On July 30, she brings the curtain down on this year’s GIAF with a gig in the Róisín Dubh.
ONE OF the major visual art shows in this year’s GIAF is Dark Night Of The Soul by Ana Maria Pacheco. A powerful sculptural installation comprising 19 over-life size painted wooden figures, it reworks the story of the fourth century Christian martyr Saint Sebastian to set it in a modern context.
FURNITURE, A new play by Sonya Kelly, has been announced as one of two titles for the Druid Debut series of staged readings at the 2017 Galway International Arts Festival.
FOR ALL the shows taking place in theatres, venues, bars, and even the Big Top, if no events and happenings are taking place on the streets of the city during the arts festival, then it just isn't the arts festival.
BRIAN WILSON is not the only veteran of thrilling 1960s harmony-based singing coming to the Absolut Big Top in this year’s GIAF. Ladysmith Black Mambazo are flying in from Durban with their world-renowned celebratory sounds of South Africa.