An exceptional program of events has been announced for this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.
The event will take place in various locations across the city from July 11-24.
It is the first time in three years that the festival has taken its usual place in Galway’s summer calendar, having been canceled or reduced in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Several concerts, initially scheduled for 2020, have been postponed to this summer.
These include appearances from Pixies, Jon Hopkins, The Flaming Lips and The Stunning.
Theatrical offerings include a production of Sam Shepard’s True West, by the Chicago-based Steppenwolf Company, as well as the world premiere of ‘From a Low and Quiet Sea,’ a play by Donal Ryan, presented by the Decadent Theater and Galway Arts Center.
An ambitious plan for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture designation will also come to fruition during the Festival.
The Galway Community Circus has trained 150 locals who will perform on a high wire above the River Corrib.
The “LifeLine” production combines circus arts with mental well-being to explore the potential of the arts to transform people’s lives.
A huge visual arts element to the program will see a solo exhibition by Ana Maria Pacheco take center stage at the Festival Gallery, located in the former An Post sorting office in the city centre.
New works by John Gerard, Sean Lunch and Tamara Eckhardt are among other highlights.
Meanwhile, dialogue and discussion will be the order of the day in the First Thought Talks series.
Issues such as the housing crisis, the climate and the Ukrainian conflict will be debated throughout the Festival.
Fáilte Ireland said the fortnight-long celebration of culture is one of the region’s landmark events. The agency expects this will help the tourism sector rebound, following recent cancellations and disruptions.
GIAF artistic director Paul Fahy said organizers were delighted to be able to return to the regular schedule, for the first time since 2019.
He said people can look forward to two “wonderful weeks of great art and performance”.