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Contents 4

Arlington

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Song From Far Away 22

Art Is Trash 34

Theatre & Dance

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Spectacle & Street Art

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Music

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Visual Arts

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First Thought Talks

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Comedy

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Booking Information

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Venue Information & Map

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Festival Diary

Elvis Costello 42

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Hughie O’Donoghue

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Funding Agencies & Sponsors Government Support

Corporate Support

P R I N C I PA L F U N D E RS

L E A D E RS H I P PA RT N E R

E D U C AT I O N PA R T N E R

A Festival of Extraordinary Experiences

D R I N KS PA RT N E R

Staff Credits Artistic Director Paul Fahy Financial Controller Gerry Cleary Festival Administrator Elizabeth Duffy Ciara O’Reilly Admin & Production Assistant Marketing & Development Hilary Martyn, Communications & Development Manager Fiona Nic Dhonnacha, Digital Marketing Executive Aisling O’Sullivan, Fundraising Manager Operations John Donnelly, Manager Production Adam Fitzsimons, Manager Rob Usher, Manager Box Office Helen Collins, Manager Sarah Callaghan, Assistant Manager Jenny McKenna, Friends & Sponsors Publicity Gwen O’Sullivan, Manager Úna Joyce Press Assistant Programmes Tracey Ferguson, Editorial Manager Volunteers Programme & Festival Ambassadors Emma Regan, Manager Merchandise Vincent Nally Selected Co-ordinator Shelley Troupe Interns Carly Zimmerman, David Jones Artist Liaison Philip Sweeney, Michael Mulroy, Hugh Lavelle, Liam Parkinson 2 G A LWAY I N T E R N AT I O N A L A R T S F E S T I VA L

Photography & Filming Tree Light Pictures, Andrew Downes

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Programme Consultants Eithne Hand – First Thought Talks Gugai McNamara – Absolut Big Top Brendan O’Regan – Traditional Showcases Design Hilda Reid Design Consultants Zero-G Web Design Pixel Design Print iSupply

Media Support

Board of Directors Padraic Brennan, Chair Patrick Dawson, John Grealish, Gary Joyce Maccon Keane, Maria Mahon, Martina Moloney

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, Galway City Council and all our other funders, sponsors and friends for their continued and vital support. We would also like to thank you, the audience, and we look forward to seeing you in Galway in July. Galway International Arts Festival Black Box Theatre, Dyke Road, Galway, Ireland Administration +353 91 509700 info@giaf.ie www.giaf.ie

FUNDING AGENCIES

PHOTO: COLM HOGAN

Chief Executive John Crumlish

SU P P O RT I N G PA RT N E RS

M E D I A PA RT N E RS

Travel Support T R AV E L PA R T N E R S

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Theatre | Ireland

World Premiere Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival present

Arlington [a love story]

Written and Directed by Enda Walsh Choreographed by Emma Martin Starring Charlie Murphy, Hugh O’Conor and Oona Doherty ‘One of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.’ THE GUARDIAN

PHOTO: COLM HOGAN

What I saw outside the window, kept me from sleeping.

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In a waiting room, inside a tower, Isla waits for her number to be called. A young woman finally understands her fate. And a young man faces a stark decision. In the midst of a bleak and terrifying world, Enda Walsh has dared to imagine a strange, tender love story. Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival are proud to present the world premiere of Arlington, written and directed by Enda Walsh and choreographed by Emma Martin. Starring Charlie Murphy, Hugh O’Conor and Oona Doherty – and reuniting the world–class creative team behind Misterman, Ballyturk and The Last Hotel – Arlington is a compelling ode to the human spirit and its power to endure.

LEISURELAND, Salthill 7–24 July, 8pm Matinees 14, 16, 17, 23 & 24 July, 2pm Previews 7–10 July No Show 12 & 18 July Tickets €22–€32.50 Backstage at the Festival 13 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway giaf.ie/arlington

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Theatre | The Netherlands

Irish Premiere

Toneelgroep Amsterdam presents

Song From Far Away

By Simon Stephens and Mark Eitzel Directed by Ivo Van Hove Design Jan Versweyveld Starring Eelco Smits

‘I drank three glasses of scotch and ginger ale before we’d even cleared Coney Island. I didn’t want to come home. It was then that I decided to write you these letters.’

‘Mesmerising.’ T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S

‘Smits’ performance is a tour-de-force.’ THE OBSERVER

‘Gorgeous…Smits is splendid…’

PHOTO: JAN VERSWEYVELD

TIME OUT

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On a crisp winter’s day in New York, Willem gets the call. It’s Mum. Pauli’s died. Come back to Amsterdam. An unforgettable homecoming to an estranged family, a lost love, unsettling sex and an unexamined life. Belgian directing sensation Ivo van Hove won the Olivier Award for Best Director 2015 for Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. Recent theatre credits include Enda Walsh and David Bowie’s musical Lazarus, New York; Sophocles’ Antigone starring Juliette Binoche, London, Edinburgh and New York; and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible starring Saoirse Ronan which is currently running on Broadway. Song From Far Away is written by the Tony and Olivier Award–winning English playwright Simon Stephens [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night–Time] with music by singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel. Toneelgroep Amsterdam is the largest repertory company in The Netherlands and one of the most prominent and acclaimed theatre companies touring internationally.

TOWN HALL THEATRE Courthouse Square 12–17 July, 8pm Matinee 16 July, 2pm Tickets €20–€29.50 Duration 1 hour 15 mins No Interval Performed in English Contains nudity Backstage at the Festival 14 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway giaf.ie/songfromfaraway

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Theatre | Dance | Music | Ireland

World Premiere

CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Crash Ensemble, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Galway International Arts Festival present

Invitation to a Journey Inspired by Eileen Gray

Direction | David Bolger, Jim Culleton Script | Gavin Kostick Original Score | Deirdre Gribbin Choreography | David Bolger Musical Direction | Kate Ellis

‘...a revelation in Irish culture…’ T H E I R I S H T I M E S O N C O I S C É I M DA N C E T H E AT R E

‘deftness and inexhaustible energy’ Eileen Gray defied expectations – from her innovative designs to her unconventional personal life, she challenged what it meant to be an artist, a woman and to be Irish. Inspired by her inimitable life and work, Invitation to a Journey is a powerful, evocative new work by Ireland’s leading performance companies. As Gray fused elements to create new forms, Invitation to a Journey combines contemporary dance, music and theatre to create a compelling illustration of a once–forgotten, now celebrated, Irish modernist. Invitation to a Journey features the multi award–winning team of choreographer David Bolger, director Jim Culleton [recent Olivier Award recipient], musical director Kate Ellis, composer Deirdre Gribbin, writer Gavin Kostick, and designers Maree McKenna T H E I R Kearns, I S H T I MSinead ES ON C O I S C É I M and Kevin Gleeson. The cast of 10 performers includes Justine Cooper, Ingrid Craigie, Kate Ellis, Ivonne Kalter, Ronan Leahy, Emma O’Kane, Deirdre O’Leary, Alex Petcu, Maria Ryan and Kate Stanley Brennan.

‘...the force of a revelation in Irish Culture…’

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BLACK BOX THEATRE Dyke Road 9–14 July, 8pm 15–16 July, 7pm No Show Wednesday 13 July Previews 9 & 10 July €18–€20 All other performances €20–€25 Duration 1 hour 15 mins approx. No interval

P H O T O : R O S K AVA N A G H

THE GUARDIAN ON CRASH ENSEMBLE

Backstage at the Festival 14 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Thomas Conway, Director–in–Residence, NUI Galway giaf.ie/eileengray

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Theatre | Scotland | England

Irish Premiere

‘a big fat hit’

National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre present

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

THE TIMES

‘…full of show–stopping musical moments delivered to perfection.’ THE SCOTSMAN

Adapted by Lee Hall from the novel The Sopranos by Alan Warner Directed by Vicky Featherstone

T H E H E R A L D, T H E T I M E S, T H E STAG E

TOWN HALL THEATRE Courthouse Square 19–23 July, 8pm Matinees 21 & 23 July, 2pm Tickets €20–€29.50 Duration 1 hour 45 mins No interval Suitable for 16+ Contains strong language and adult themes. Backstage at the Festival 20 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway giaf.ie/ourladies

A choir trip to the Scottish capital goes badly wrong in this funny, sad and raucously rude tribute to being young, lost and out of control! Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and former Artistic Director of National Theatre of Scotland, collaborates with Lee Hall to create a hilarious and poignant production about singing, sex and flaming sambucas as the girls go on a rampage across Edinburgh. It all comes to a head with fireworks – literally. Written by Lee Hall, the Tony and Olivier Award–winning genius behind Billy Elliot and The Pitmen Painters and the screenplays for Shakespeare in Love, and War Horse [Steven Spielberg, director] this blisteringly funny musical play tells the story of six raucous Catholic schoolgirls on a choir trip. With musical arrangement by Martin Lowe [Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award–winner for Once] the soundtrack features a mix of classical music and 70s pop rock, with works by Handel, Bach and ELO. This is a sharp, clever and poignant look at life on the cusp of adulthood.

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PHOTO: MANUEL HARLAN

B R I T I S H T H E AT R E G U I D E , T H E S C OTS M A N

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Theatre | Ireland

Waiting for Godot By Samuel Beckett

Directed by Garry Hynes Starring Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea

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D R AW I N G A N D P H OTO : F R A N C I S O’C O N N O R

Druid presents

On a bare road in the middle of nowhere, two world–weary friends await the arrival of the mysterious Godot. While waiting, they speculate, bicker, joke and ponder life’s greater questions. As dusk begins to fall, two figures appear on the horizon. Regarded as one of the most significant plays of the twentieth century, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is a masterpiece that draws endless interpretations. Multi award–winning Galway theatre company, Druid, presents a new production of this seminal work featuring members of the acclaimed Druid Ensemble in the intimate surroundings of the Mick Lally Theatre.

‘The pre-eminent director of Irish drama.’

THE MICK LALLY THEATRE Druid Lane 7–23 July, 8pm Matinees 16 & 23 July, 2pm Previews 7–9 July No show 10 & 17 July Tickets €18–€26 Duration 2 hours 30 mins approx. with interval Backstage at the Festival 15 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Thomas Conway, Director–in–Residence, NUI Galway giaf.ie/waitingforgodot

T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S [O N GA R RY H Y N E S ]

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Circus | Physical Theatre | Australia

Irish Premiere

Gravity & Other Myths presents

EDINBURGH GUIDE

A Simple Space Created by the company Music by Elliot Zoerner Cast: Triton Tunis-Mitchell, Lachlan Binns, Jascha Boyce, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Simon McClure, Martin Schreiber, Jacob Randall and Elliot Zoerner

‘Cirque du Soleil with a fist full of grit!’

BLACK BOX THEATRE Dyke Road 19, 20, 22 & 24 July, 8pm 21 & 23 July, 7pm Tickets €18–25 Family Tickets €70 Duration 1 hour No Interval Backstage at the Festival 19 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Thomas Conway, Director–in–Residence, NUI Galway giaf.ie/asimplespace

Seven skilled acrobats push themselves to their physical limits in an awe–inspiring display of strength, skill and creativity. You watch, breathless, as you’re immersed in the heat, sweat and ferocity radiating from this engaging work of acrobatic art. Quite simply Gravity & Other Myths is one of the most exciting circus ensembles performing today. Supported by driving percussion, A Simple Space turns traditional circus on its head. Armed with nothing more than brute strength and cat–like agility, these performers push the boundaries of gravity and human strength. Their work is physical, innovative and unique. This is real, raw, frantic and honest. This is A Simple Space.

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P H OTO : A N DY P H I L I P S O N

THE EXPRESS

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Theatre | Installation | Ireland

World Premiere ‘My walking turns in on itself – it scratches the edges inside and has me turning back and longing for that room.’

Galway International Arts Festival presents

Rooms

P H OTO : PAT R I C K R E D M O N D

Written and directed by Enda Walsh

Kitchen Featuring the voice of Eileen Walsh

A Girl’s Bedroom Featuring the voice of Charlie Murphy At the age of 6, a girl leaves her bedroom and family home and walks. She never stops. Until now.

‘Memories disappearing as a larger breath takes them. I look down from this bed into the big space beneath me...’

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PHOTO: COLM HOGAN

In a small kitchen, standing by her sink, a wife wills her implosion. The world premiere of Enda Walsh’s new text, Kitchen, presented in a gallery setting at The Shed, runs alongside his previous theatre installations Room 303 and A Girl’s Bedroom. Enda Walsh’s recent work includes Lazarus, written with David Bowie; The Last Hotel, an opera with Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy; Ballyturk and Arlington [a love story].

PHOTO: COLM HOGAN

‘When I was a little girl I dreamt of falling in love with someone good and living in a comfortable house with a bright kitchen.’

Room 303 Featuring the voice of Niall Buggy In a cheap hotel room, an old man lies in bed waiting for the end.

THE SHED, Middle Pier, The Docks 11–24 July, 11am–6pm 13–15 & 21–23 July, 11am–8pm 11am, 11.20am and every 20 mins thereafter. €5 per room. €12 for three. Duration 15 mins each giaf.ie/rooms #GIAF16

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Theatre | Ireland

Theatre | Ireland

World Premiere

An Taibhdhearc presents

Fornocht do Chonac Naked I Saw You By Eoghan Ó Tuairisc Directed by Eoin Mac Diarmada Cast Micheál Ó Dubhghaill, Gráinne Bleasdale, Doireann Ní Fhoighil An interrogation of the legacy of 1916 revolutionary Patrick Pearse. Dráma a cheistíonn oidhreacht Phádraig Mhic Phiarais, duine de cheannairí réabhlóideacha 1916. A disillusioned sculptor called Pearse, hiding from a crime of violence, questions the legacy of Patrick Pearse and whether his spirit and ideology are a force for good or evil? This play was first performed in 1979 and is a scathing look at Irish society, still relevant today. Tugann an dráma seo, a léiríodh ar dtús i 1979, léargas feanntach ar shochaí na hÉireann, léargas atá fós suntasach inniu. A multimedia production from An Taibhdhearc. Performed in Irish with English surtitles. Maoiniú ó Chiste An Teanga Bheo.

Donnacha Cahill

The Gramophone Donnacha Cahill’s giant pop–up audio visual sculpture The Gramophone will appear at various locations throughout Galway City & County including the Absolut Big Top and stunning sites in Connemara. Audiences can connect to the gramophone via mobile devices to share sounds. Various locations in Galway City & County Check online for details 18–24 July, Free giaf.ie/thegramophone 18 G A L W A Y I N T E R N A T I O N A L A R T S F E S T I V A L

Adapted and Directed by Kellie Hughes P H OTO : B OY D C H A L L E N G E R

from the novel Death at Intervals by José Saramago Starring Olwen Fouéré and Raymond Scannell

‘Each of you has his or her own death, you carry it with you in a secret place from the moment you’re born, it belongs to you and you belong to it.’

P H O T O : R O S K AVA N A G H

Street Art | Ireland

Death at Intervals

IMAGE: THE GRAMOPHONE - PHOTO: DONNACHA CAHILL

An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street 7–16 July, 8pm Previews 7–9 July, 8pm Matinee 16 July, 3pm. No show 10 July Tickets €15–€18 Duration 1 hour 15 mins No Interval giaf.ie/nakedisawyou

Kellie Hughes and Galway International Arts Festival present

For millennia, death, with chilling precision, has brought an end to those selected to meet their destiny. But what would happen if death put away her emblematic scythe and withdrew from everyday life? Inspired by José Saramago’s darkly humorous novel and developed in collaboration with an award–winning creative team, Death at Intervals invites you into the surreal world of an otherwise unremarkable musician, who meets his own death in beguiling human form with surprising consequences.

AN TAIBHDHEARC Middle Street 19–24 July, 8pm Matinees 23, 24 July, 2pm Preview 19 July Tickets €18–€20 Duration 1 hour 10 mins approx. No interval Backstage at the Festival 21 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Prof. Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway giaf.ie/deathatintervals #GIAF16

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Spectacle | Spain

Spectacle | Circus | France

Sarruga presents

Les P’Tits Bras presents

Insects

Directed by Pakito Gutiérrez

The Scent of Sawdust Directed by Christophe Thellier

EYRE SQUARE TO SPANISH ARCH 10 July 10pm 11 July 10pm Free giaf.ie/insects

Be prepared to be dazzled, as one of Europe’s most exciting outdoor theatre companies, the world famous Sarruga from Barcelona, invades the city streets. Fire–breathing insects, beautiful butterflies and giant dragons, accompanied by a pulsating electronic musical score, travel from Eyre Square through the heart of the city to the Latin Quarter and the Spanish Arch. Boldly inventive and hugely thrilling, the mechanical structures of Sarruga are staggering in scale and mesmerising in their movement and special effects.

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Heart–stopping acrobatics performed on an enormous and beautiful art nouveaux structure, featuring an amazing musical score. Welcome to the world of Les P’Tits Bras as L’Odeur de la Sciure or The Scent of Sawdust transports you to the world of 19th century circus. This beautiful new circus and aerial show from renowned French company Les P’tit Bras uses as its inspiration the great circus of the past to deliver a very different and memorable performance.

EYRE SQUARE 16 July 2pm 17 July 2pm Free giaf.ie/sawdust

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Street Art | Spain

PHOTOS: FRANCISCO DE PAJARO, STREETSQUARE S LLC

Francisco de Pájaro

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Art Is Trash

Francisco de Pájaro is a contemporary street and urban artist from Barcelona. de Pájaro rejoices in the here–today–gone– tomorrow nature of his work, turning bin bags, boxes, broken furniture and rubbish into human figures, monsters and animals. de Pájaro’s spontaneous sculptures have popped up all over the globe, from London to New York and Barcelona to Berlin. Sometimes rude and licentious, sometimes political or funny, de Pájaro’s work always challenges, as he critiques society’s mass consumption, making art out of items we throw onto the streets.

Francisco de Pájaro’s sculptures and installations can be found at various locations throughout Galway City. Check online and social media for updates and locations. Free 13–17 July giaf.ie/artistrash

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Music | U.K.

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh present

‘…still burning bright…’

Suede

T H E S U N DAY T I M E S

‘A galvanising return’ MOJO MAGAZINE

‘Night Thoughts honors Suede’s longstanding place in Brit-rock history’ PHOTO: STEVE GALLICK

SPIN

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Suede have been widely credited as the instigators of Britpop. The band produced three classic albums, Suede, Dog Man Star and Head Music, in the 90s, all of which went to Number 1 and helped consolidate their place as one of the great bands of that decade. The band went quiet for much of the Noughties but returned in 2010 with a series of highly acclaimed live shows across a number of iconic venues and festivals. Suede then went back to the studio for all of 2012 and returned in 2013 with the Bloodsports album, which went directly into the top 10. 2015 saw them crowned ‘Godlike Genius’ at the NME Awards and they performed as the headline act on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury. They have just released another ambitious record, the stunning Night Thoughts, which is accompanied by a feature film of the same name directed by acclaimed photographer Roger Sargent. The film will provide the backdrop for the first half of their set at the Absolut Big Top this July, before the band move onto a more traditional set featuring many of their greatest hits.

ABSOLUT BIG TOP Fisheries Field Saturday 23 July Tickets €45, Standing Doors 6.30pm | Show 7.45pm giaf.ie/suede

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Music | Ireland | U.S.A.

Music | Ireland | Canada

Stomptown Brass

Strange Brew presents

RÓISÍN DUBH, Dominick Street Wednesday and Thursday 20, 21 July

‘...crackpot electronica...’ THE TIMES

Tickets €22.50–€25 Doors 9pm | Show 9.15pm giaf.ie/dandeacon

PHOTO: DARA MUNNIS

Dan Deacon is an American singer, composer and electronic music iconoclast. Deacon sits at the edge of pop experimentation and delivers rapturous electronic pop and big– hearted psychedelic hymns in equal measure. His fourth and latest album, Gliss Riffer, continues that singular journey and coerces elements of pop and madcap electronica into a convincing mix. Deacon has toured with Arcade Fire and has written a film score for Francis Ford Coppola.

P H O T O : F R A N K H A M I LT O N

Dan Deacon

A New Orleans style urban brass band, Stomptown Brass has captured audiences with their rhythmic complexity and prodigious toe–tapping harmonies. Focusing mainly on original material, and influenced heavily by the traditions of funk and soul, Stomptown Brass are famed for turning even the most mundane of days into a raucous movable feast.

MONROE’S LIVE, Dominick Street Friday 15 July Tickets €10–€12 Doors 9pm | Show 10pm giaf.ie/stomptownbrass

The Souljazz Orchestra The Souljazz Orchestra has never stopped pushing the limits of its signature sound: an explosive clash of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, unleashed by blaring majestic horns, dusty vintage keyboards and an arsenal of earthquaking percussion. The multicultural collective maintains powerful lyrics at the heart of its music, delivering biting social commentary alongside core messages of hope. They have shared bills with heavyweights including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Femi Kuti.

Daithí | Mmoths | Toby Kaar

Seasoned festival performers King Kong Company bring together the sensibilities of a rock band with the full–on thump of electronica. With shape–throwing commotion and kinetic interplay, it is no wonder critics and fans alike have raved about them for years.

A fantastic triple bill celebrating the very best in Irish electronic music featuring Daithí, the great white hope of Irish electronica, Jack Colleran aka Mmoths, whose recent debut album Luneworks has delivered in spades, and Toby Kaar renowned for his exhilarating live performances.

RÓISÍN DUBH, Dominick Street

RÓISÍN DUBH, Dominick Street

Thursday 14 July, Doors 11.30pm | Show 12 midnight

Saturday 23 July, Doors 8pm | Show 8.15pm

Saturday 16 July, Doors 8pm | Show 8.15pm

Tickets €18–€20

Tickets €14–€16

Tickets €22–€24

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giaf.ie/daithi

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P H OTO : J E A N - C L AU D E B AT I STA

King Kong Company

RÓISÍN DUBH, Dominick Street

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Music | Ireland

‘A singing and songwriting force to be reckoned with.’ THE IRISH TIMES

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh present

Villagers

with special guest Mick Flannery

‘Superb…’

PHOTO: ANDREW WHITTON

HOT PRESS

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Villagers’ Conor O’Brien is a single–minded artist at the peak of his considerable songwriting powers. His Ivor Novello nominated album Darling Arithmetic has won universal praise throughout the music industry, while his 2010 debut album Becoming A Jackal and its 2013 successor Awayland were both hugely acclaimed and Mercury nominated. The latter went on to win Ireland’s equivalent, the Choice Prize. Live shows mirror the music, encompassing various shades of feeling – desire, obsession, lust, loneliness and confusion, and deeper into philosophical and existential territory, across a cast of lovers, friends, family and even strangers. Special guest Mick Flannery’s distinctive voice and immense talent have marked him out as one of Ireland’s finest performers. A refreshingly unassuming artist with an arresting voice, whose heartfelt honest lyrics have won him worthy comparisons to such great songwriters as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits.

ABSOLUT BIG TOP Fisheries Field Tuesday 19 July Tickets €33.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm giaf.ie/villagers

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Music | Ireland

Music | Ireland

Hothouse Flowers

‘will make you swoon’ T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S

and Lisa Lambe

Hothouse Flowers are adored by fans for their passionate fusion of rock and roll with the rootsy sounds of Irish folk and American gospel. Calling upon their grand repertoire of music from Don’t Go to It Will Be Easier in the Morning their live shows are as feverishly energetic and spirited as ever. Special guest on the evening is Irish singer and actor Lisa Lambe whose debut album, the Nashville infused country folk, Hiding Away was released last year. MONROE’S LIVE, Dominick Street Friday 22 July, Doors 8pm | Show 9pm Tickets €28–€30 giaf.ie/hothouseflowers

‘Tom Waits has met his Irish match.’

Bell X1

with special guests The Academic

THE GUARDIAN

Mary Coughlan

Mundy

Ireland’s most revered jazz and blues legend Mary Coughlan makes a welcome return to her hometown of Galway for her first Festival performance in over a decade. With a wonderful back catalogue of music, one of the most striking things about Coughlan is her ability to inhabit each song as if sung for the first time.

From his not so humble beginnings on Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet soundtrack to the hugely successful hits Galway Girl with Sharon Shannon, and the infectious July, Mundy is always a guaranteed Festival favourite.

RÓISÍN DUBH, Dominick Street

MONROE’S LIVE, Dominick Street

Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 July

Saturday 16 July, Doors 8.30pm | Show 9.30pm

Doors 8pm | Show 8.15pm, Tickets €20–€22.50

Tickets €20

giaf.ie/marycoughlan

giaf.ie/mundy

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Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh present

Bell X1 have become one of Ireland’s most popular bands over the last fifteen years, second only to U2 in terms of radio play. Their brilliant combination of electronic music and anthemic pop rock has resulted in six albums that have delivered four Choice Music Award nominations and three Number 1 hits. Following a hugely successful year touring in 2015, which included sharing a bill with Ed Sheeran at Croke Park, the band returned to the studio to record their seventh album Arms, which is scheduled for release later this year. The first single from the album Upswing is out now. Bell X1 last played the Festival in 2011, delivering a memorable Big Top performance. Their much–anticipated return is likely to become one of the hottest tickets of the summer. The Academic are one of the few Irish acts chosen to play at SXSW 2016. Hailing from Mullingar, The Academic are a young four piece who conjure up the spirit and exuberance of a mid–2000’s era Kings of Leon. Their single Different was nominated for a Choice Music Prize for Song of the Year.

ABSOLUT BIG TOP Fisheries Field Saturday 16 July Tickets €35 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm giaf.ie/bellx1

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Music | Ireland

Festival Club

‘A whipcracker of a voice… dangerously rocking.’

On a hot [or wet!] summer’s night is there anything as wonderful as sitting on the deck of the waterside Festival Club with spectacular views of the Absolut Big Top? Enjoy killer cocktails, street food and brilliant guest DJs. As artists rub shoulders with audiences, what more could one want to bring a perfect Festival day to a close. So put on your best frock or frills, come early, stay late and dance the night away. Laid back, bustling and vibrant, all under one roof and the midnight sky.

THE GUARDIAN

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh present

FESTIVAL CLUB, GALWAY ROWING CLUB

Imelda May

Waterside, Woodquay 11–24 July 10.30pm Entry with same day Festival ticket or Club Members. Subject to house rules and capacity.

Music | Ireland

with special guest Damien Dempsey ‘Phenomenal’

Vinyl Hours

T H E S U N DAY T I M E S

Festival artists reveal their most treasured vinyl memories in Vinyl Hours. Join us for an intimate conversation with special guests, who play and speak about their favourite album and what it stirs within them; fun, heartbreak and revolution. From teenage kicks to first loves and musical idolatry to that life–changing first listen, spend an hour on an aural journey of classical vinyl records.

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PHOTO: CHRIS CLOR

FESTIVAL CLUB

Imelda May’s meteoric rise has been unstoppable since she first entered our consciousness with her performances on Later…with Jools Holland and the release of her second studio album Love Tattoo in 2008. The singles Johnny Got a Boom Boom and Big Bad Handsome Man established Imelda internationally which lead to a series of high profile appearances on various US TV shows and an appearance at the Grammys. In 2010 she released her Number 1 album Mayhem and followed that with another hit Tribal in 2014. Damien Dempsey is a powerful live performer whose live shows are legendary. His heartfelt lyrics are delivered with passion and true conviction. In addition to his sold out solo shows across the country, he has been invited to support everyone from Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson to Morrissey. His album, Almighty Love, was a huge critical and popular success.

ABSOLUT BIG TOP Fisheries Field Thursday 21 July Tickets €39.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm giaf.ie/imeldamay

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Music | England | Ireland

‘It doesn’t get much better than this’ JOHN PEEL ON THE UNDERTONES’ TEENAGE KICKS

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh present

Elvis Costello and The Imposters

‘There is no begrudging Costello his floor in the tower of song: the man’s knowledge is breathtaking.’ THE GUARDIAN

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with special guests The Undertones A true musical great, Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 35 years. Since his debut hit Watching the Detectives in 1977, he has amassed a music catalogue of 30 studio albums and over 40 Top 100 singles including Oliver’s Army, Veronica, Ship Building and Alison. Touring with The Attractions and The Imposters, he has built a stellar reputation as a great live act. He has also collaborated with some of the world’s best musical talents including Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, producer T Bone Burnett, the Brodsky Quartet and The Roots. During his career Costello has received numerous honors, including a BAFTA, numerous Grammy nominations, several Ivor Novello Awards and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Undertones hail from Derry and are simply one of the greatest bands Ireland has ever produced. They have delivered a number of much–praised studio albums that included wonderful pop songs such as My Perfect Cousin, Here comes the Summer, It’s Gonna Happen and the immortal Teenage Kicks. Not to be missed.

ABSOLUT BIG TOP Fisheries Field Friday 15 July Tickets €49.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm giaf.ie/elviscostello

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Music | Ireland

Music | Ireland

God Is An Astronaut

Brian Deady ‘Deady is becoming our No 1 favourite act in Ireland’ NILE RODGERS, CHIC

‘White noise roars out with unexpected grace.’ THE IRISH TIMES

The unique combination of visual and sonic barrage have made God Is An Astronaut one of the most intense Irish live acts ever. Having sold out their last two European tours, they have brought their brand of post–rock further afield with thrilling shows in America, Europe, China and beyond. If live and loud is how you get your kicks then don’t miss GIAA on tour.

Brian Deady is one of Ireland’s finest exponents of contemporary soul. Raised in the bohemian badlands of West Cork, he creates music that blends rich, expressive vocals with a cool, electro–groove; a sound that has drawn praise from influential artists such as Nile Rodgers and Ashley Beedle, not to mention LA’s revered music radio station KCRW. Support from alt– folk musician, Dermot Kennedy.

RÓISÍN DUBH

RÓISÍN DUBH

Dominick Street

Dominick Street

Friday 22 July, Doors 8pm | Show 8.15pm

Sunday 24 July, Doors 8pm | Show 8.15pm

Tickets €16–€18

Tickets €16–€18

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Popical Island vs Citóg Records

Seán Smyth

Optimo, Tama Sumo, Nightmares on Wax, DJ Stingray, Sleezy McQueen

The Choice Prize nominated Belfast band Pleasure Beach have recently drawn comparisons to Springsteen and Arcade Fire. They are joined by Orchid Collective, known for their exciting performances echoing Villagers and Bon Iver.

Two of Ireland’s most unique record labels/ collectives, Dublin–based Popical Island and Galway’s Citóg Records, go head to head in what promises to be a special night for indie music fans in this live showcase featuring three acts from each label.

Four of the leading lights of the traditional music scene join forces for an unforgettable performance. Lúnasa founder and fiddler Seán Smyth, piano accordionist Alan Kelly and guitarist Jim Murray join Galway’s own Jim Higgins on bodhrán / percussion.

Electric is a liberated party and performance space for the local community of musicians, performers, DJs, party–throwers and go–ers.

RÓISÍN DUBH, Dominick Street

RÓISÍN DUBH, Dominick Street

MONROE’S LIVE, Dominick Street

Thursday 14 July, Doors 8pm | Show 8.15pm

Wednesday 13 July, Doors 8pm | Show 8.15pm

Wednesday 13 July, Doors 8pm | Show 9pm

Tickets €10–€12.50

Tickets €10–€12.50

Tickets €20

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Pleasure Beach and Orchid Collective Presented by Strange Brew

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with Alan Kelly, Jim Murray and Jim Higgins

ELECTRIC, Abbeygate Street Optimo Friday 15 July, 11pm, €5–€10 Tama Sumo Thursday 21 July, 10pm, €5–€10 Nightmares on Wax, DJ Stingray 313 & Sleazy McQueen Saturday 23 July, 10pm, €10 giaf.ie/electric #GIAF16

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Music | Ireland

Music | Australia | Ireland

Tommy Emmanuel

Sharon Shannon Band Winning the hearts and minds of audiences all over the world, Sharon Shannon is undoubtedly the queen of traditional Irish music. Here she brings together her distinctive accordion sound with a band of highly talented musicians to produce a guaranteed top notch, high–energy Festival show. From reggae to jazz, Sharon has successfully combined numerous genres bringing her unique style to a worldwide audience.

‘technically dazzling’ THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

MONROE’S LIVE Dominick Street

SEAPOINT BALLROOM, Salthill

Tuesday 12 July, Doors 8pm | Show 8.45pm

Saturday 23 July, Doors 7.30pm | Show 8pm

Tickets €28–€30

Tickets €35

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Two–time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. This legendary guitarist’s career has spanned five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. Emmanuel has been voted Favourite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and is a YouTube sensation with his videos enjoying in excess of 30 million views. His forthcoming album It’s Never Too Late is released in September.

The Pipes, The Pipes We Banjo 3

The Henry Girls

with Hermitage Green & Jim Jam This award–winning Galway quartet combine Irish music with old–time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of verve and joie–de–vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin aka The Henry Girls possess a lyrical sound of stunning harmonies with clear, haunting Celtic melodies blending native traditional Irish folk music with a hint of Americana, bluegrass and blues.

A music and live art performance devised by Donal Dineen. The Pipes, The Pipes is an homage to the singular magic of the Irish uilleann pipes. Featuring the playing of three exceptional pipers, Padraig McGovern, Leonard Barry and Maitiú Ó Casaide, the show features visual artists Lionel Palun and Donal Dineen, who respond live to mesmerising soundwaves and conjure images that enhance the musical flow.

SEAPOINT BALLROOM, Salthill

MONROE’S LIVE, Dominick Street

ST. NICHOLAS’ CHURCH, Market Street

Wednesday 13 July, Doors 7.30pm | Show 8pm

Thursday 21 July, Doors 8pm | Show 9pm

Saturday 16 July, 9.30pm | Show 10pm

Tickets €35

Tickets €15–€18

Tickets €18

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Music | Ireland

Music | Ireland | U.S.A.

‘Exquisite’

Traditional Music Showcases Mick Conneely & Friends Thursday 14 July

Mary Shannon, Garry O’Briain & Mary Staunton Friday 15 July

The Higglers

THE GUARDIAN

THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s finest traditional musicians join forces on stage at Monroe’s Live for these Festival Lunchtime Concerts. All concerts in this lunchtime series take place in Monroe’s Live. From the beguiling harmonies of The Whileaways to the old–time Americana of The Higglers, combined with the exceptional musicianship of Conor Byrne, Mick Conneely, Siobhan Peoples, Mary Shannon and guests, these Traditional Music Showcases are a little bit of musical magic to kick off your Festival day.

Saturday 16 July

The Whileaways Thursday 21 July

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh present

Siobhan Peoples, Murty Ryan & Brian Mooney

The Gloaming

Friday 22 July

Conor Byrne & Mick O’Brien

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PHOTO: RICHARD GILLIGAN

Saturday 23 July

Fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh, singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, pianist Thomas Bartlett and guitarist Dennis Cahill make up this ground–breaking trad super group, mixing traditional Irish music’s rich, melancholic tones with modern hues of jazz, contemporary classical and experimental melodies. The band exploded onto the music scene with their self– titled debut album in 2014, which secured a place on some of music’s most prestigious best–of lists, such as MOJO Magazine and NPR Music. It was picked by The Guardian as ‘The One Album You Should Hear This Week’; won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and claimed the Meteor Choice Music Prize for ‘Best Irish Album of 2014’. Their new album The Gloaming 2 was released to glowing reviews earlier this year, while their recent live shows in London and Dublin were all sell–outs. The Irish Times describes their live performances as ‘likely to cement them as one of the great forces of Irish music’.

ABSOLUT BIG TOP Fisheries Field Friday 22 July Tickets €39.50 Seated Doors 7.30pm | Show 8.30pm giaf.ie/thegloaming

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Hughie O’Donoghue

One Hundred Years and Four Quarters

ARTIST’S STUDIO 2016 - PHOTO: COLIN CRISFORD

I M AG E : I N STA L L AT I O N S H OT O F WO R KS I N P R O G R E S S ,

I M A G E : T H E R A I LWAY M A N B Y H U G H I E O ’ D O N O G H U E - P H O T O : C O L I N C R I S F O R D

Visual Art | Ireland

Hughie O’Donoghue is one of Ireland’s leading international artists. He was elected as a member of the Royal Academy, London in 2009 and to Aosdána in 2013. In these new works, as in previous bodies of work, Hughie O’Donoghue has drawn on his own experience and connections, people that he knew or knew of. O’Donoghue has structured the content of these works into four distinct pathways, four quarters; he likens this to the four differing accounts of a murder in Kurosawa’s 1951 film Rashomon. In the film the murder of a Samurai is recounted by four characters; a bandit, the Samurai’s wife, his own ghost and a woodcutter. Their stories are mutually contradictory and self serving. A hundred years on from the events of the 1916 Easter rising the four characters O’Donoghue has evoked in these new works are the revolutionary, the soldier, the sailor and the peasant. Through their differing perspectives the events of 1916 are alluded to in an attempt to explore the subjective and fugitive nature of truth. This exhibition forms part of the official Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

FESTIVAL GALLERY Market Street 11–24 July, 11am–6pm Late opening to 8pm, Thursday–Saturday Free Backstage at the Festival 13 July, 2pm Gallery talk with the artist giaf.ie/hughieodonoghue

An exhibition of new paintings, painted constructions and sculpture

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Visual Art | Ireland

Visual Art | Architecture | Ireland

Spectres of Modernity

Making Ireland Modern

Ruth McHugh Free giaf.ie/ruthmchugh

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IMAGE: ARDNACRUSHA - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ESB

11–24 July, 11am–6pm

Spectres of Modernity is born out of the ongoing observation of the final moments of the Ballymun high–rise housing on the outskirts of Dublin. Balbutcher spine–block and Plunkett Tower are the last remains of this modernist, utopian solution to a severe housing crisis. On the eve of demolition the pre–cast concrete shell enunciates a faint, dystopian echo of Le Corbusier’s Radiant City, and of the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising after whom they were named. The first inhabitants moved into Ballymun Towers in 1967, the high–point of 1960’s style. The modular designs of Mary Quant and Dior’s Mondrian dress when juxtaposed with the brutalist ruins become ciphers of modernism. The project is underscored by the participation of the Ballymun community. Ruth McHugh’s collaborative and experimental lens–based project is concerned with architecture, place, truth and fiction in relation to the ephemeral nature of modernity.

IMAGE: MONDRIAN BY RUTH MCHUGH - PHOTO: RUTH MCHUGH

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY NUI Galway

Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin Architects Making Ireland Modern explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916–2016. Conceived as the Irish Pavilion for Venice 2014, and expanded as a key strand of the Arts Council’s programme ART:2016, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intercession in the everyday lives of its population.

BAILEY ALLEN HALL NUI Galway 11–24 July, 11am–6pm Free giaf.ie/makingirelandmodern

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OSCAR WILDE

Our relationship with our bodies is ambivalent, despite phenomenology’s claim: ‘flesh is at the heart of the world’ [Merleau–Ponty]; we remain reluctant to explore this, to probe the body’s fragility, thereby bolstering our understanding of embodiment itself. 126 presents the work of Italian artists Elisabetta di Sopra, Giancarlo Marcali and Ilaria Margutti in a multi– disciplinary exhibition of textile, video and photography. Developed in partnership with Amistadelab supported by the Arts Council Ireland Project Award. 126, St Bridget’s Place, Woodquay 11–24 July, 11am–6pm, Free giaf.ie/foreignbodies

The Savage Loves His Native Shore

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL GALWAY, Newcastle Road THE INSTITUTE FOR LIFECOURSE AND SOCIETY, NUI Galway, Upper Newcastle 11–24 July 10am–6pm Lifecourse Institute Closed 17 July Free giaf.ie/thesavageloves

In 2012 Galway University Hospital’s Arts Trust introduced an arts programme aimed at enhancing the patient experience of haemodialysis treatment at Merlin Park Hospital. In doing so, it sought to redress the lack of sustained arts programming for the dialysis context in the West. The Savage Loves His Native Shore draws from three years of this dialysis arts programme with a special focus on works that explore the landscape of the West of Ireland and its inherent culture and traditions. Curated by Marielle MacLeman

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Established in 1988, Impressions is Ireland’s longest running open submission print exhibition, which encourages and promotes the best of printmaking in Ireland. For GIAF 2016, Impressions will host its first art book exhibition and showcase experimental and innovative artists’ books. These are selected from open call submission, exhibited alongside a range of publications from invited artists and publishing houses from Canada, England and Ireland. Presented in collaboration with Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway and Galway Print Studio.

PHOTO: LINDA CARREIRO

‘To be really medieval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek one should have no clothes.’

Impressions

Art Books

IMAGE: ROCKING STOOL BY MICHAEL HARRIS - PHOTO: MICHAEL HARRIS

Foreign Bodies

I M A G E : M AY F LY PAT T E R N B Y A I D A N G A R V E Y - P H O T O M A R I E L L E M A C L E M A N

Elisabetta di Sopra, Giancarlo Marcali & Ilaria Margut

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Visual Art | Canada | England | Ireland

IMAGE: SAN SEBASTIANO BY GIANCARLO MARCALI - PHOTO: GIANCARLO MARCALI

Visual Art | Italy | Ireland

CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS & MEDIA, Cluain Mhuire, GMIT, Monivea Road 11–24 July, 11am–6pm Free giaf.ie/artbooks

Creative Wave explores the growth and energy of the creative movement associated with Galway and the West of Ireland. The exhibition presents a style defined by imagination and skill devised by emerging and established artists, designers, craftspeople, film–makers and other practitioners. Featuring work from graduates and students of GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media and Letterfrack campuses, Creative Wave also reflects how international connections and adventures have influenced the development of Galway’s creative culture.

Creative Wave

GALWAY CITY MUSEUM, Spanish Parade 11–24 July, 10am–5pm Sunday 12noon–5pm Closed Monday 18 July Free giaf.ie/creativewave #GIAF16

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Visual Art | Ireland | Australia

First Thought Talks

Looks Aren’t Everything

I M AG E : CA M E RO N RUSS E L L , N Y FAS H I O N W E E K 20 1 5

‘Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe me, I’m a model.’ CAMERON RUSSELL

Top US Model and controversial TED Talker Cameron Russell talks to Evelyn O’Rourke [RTÉ] about the coincidences of birth and how much of a lottery the fashion world can be.

BAILEY ALLEN HALL, NUI Galway Wednesday 13 July 6pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

Border Crossings GALWAY ARTS CENTRE 47 Dominick Street 11–24 July 10am–5.30pm Sunday 12noon–5.30pm Free Backstage at the Festival 15 July, 2pm Gallery talk with the artists giaf.ie/bordercrossings

Border Crossings brings together curators and contemporary artists from Ireland and Australia to investigate cross–cultural issues surrounding ethnic conflict, the legacy of colonialism and the challenges of reconciliation that are relevant to both countries. Border Crossings features Australian artists Sue Kneebone, Julie Gough and Yhonnie Scarce, and Irish artists Michelle Browne, Sandra Johnston and Dominic Thorpe. Live performances by Sandra Johnston, Michelle Browne and Dominic Thorpe on Saturday 16 July. See website for details. Curated by Michelle Browne & Mary Knights.

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‘I’m not fighting myself anymore.’ REBECCA ROOT

IMAGE: REBECCA ROOT - PHOTO: KENDALL MESSICK

Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Arts Centre and SASA Gallery Australia present

IMAGE: INFERIOR LUMPERS BY SUE KNEEBONE - PHOTO: GRANT HANCOCK

I Am Who I Am Identity and Otherness

Award–winning actor and voice coach, Rebecca Root is the transgender star of the BBC sitcom Boy Meets Girl. Join her and Anne Gildea for a conversation about new ways of talking about identity and otherness. Chair: Anne Gildea [writer and comedienne].

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Sunday 17 July 11am Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought #GIAF16

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First Thought Talks

First Thought Talks

All Change? Ireland’s Identity 2016

Rewriting a National Identity - Can Iceland Teach Ireland?

‘The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor. He takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.’

‘Of my nation? What ish my nation? Ish a villain and a basterd and a knave and a rascal. What ish my nation? Who talks of my nation?’

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

HENRY V ACT 3, SCENE 2

How far have we come and where do we think we’re going? Rory O’ Neill /Panti Bliss, Blessings Moyo and Professor Mary Corcoran [NUI Maynooth]. Chair: Orlaith Mac Bride [Director, Arts Council of Ireland].

What is it like to write a new constitution for your country? Iceland, following a period of great upheaval, have just done it. Join one of the authors of the new constitution, Katrín Oddsdottir [Member of Constitution Committee, Iceland] and former Irish Government Minister Alex White [Labour] who discuss this huge challenge.

BAILEY ALLEN HALL, NUI Galway Saturday 16 July, 2.30pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Saturday 16 July, 10am Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

It’s My Party…? ‘Any object, intensely regarded, may be a gate of access to the incorruptible eon of the gods.’

‘The fastest growing political party is No Party.’ CHUCK TODD

A discussion with Mary O’Rourke [Former FF Minister], Mark Mortell [FG Advistor/ Fleishman Hillard PR], Alex White [Labour] about what lessons will be learned from Election 2016. Chair: Dave O’Connell [Editor, Connacht Tribune].

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JA M E S J OYC E

Ireland’s Physical Identity - Our lived Environment

Material Identity Telling Our Story Through Objects

A discussion on how bricks and mortar, light and shade of Ireland inform our national identity. With Gary Boyd [Making Ireland Modern], artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain and artist John Gerrard.

Caitriona Crowe [National Archive of Ireland], Lisa Godson [NCAD], Varvara Shavrova [Russian/ Irish artist] talk about how the ‘things’ we see around us form our identity. Chair: Caroline McGee [Royal Irish Academy for the Digital Repository of Ireland].

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Sunday 17 July, 5pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Sunday 17 July, 2pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought #GIAF16

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First Thought Talks

First Thought Talks

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Saturday 16 July, 5.30pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

Druid Debuts Play Readings ‘It’s not theatre until someone’s watching’ Audiences can and should influence what we see on the Irish stage so why not come and be part of the conversation? Druid Debuts are a chance to see, and to shape, something new and daring by exciting emerging writers. Many readings have gone on to full productions and this September Druid are thrilled to present Helen and I by Galway writer Meadhbh McHugh, which was a Druid Debut in 2014. You never know what you’ll see...Check online for details. MICK LALLY THEATRE, Druid Lane Friday 15 July, 2pm Friday 22 July, 2pm Tickets €7 giaf.ie/firstthought 52 G A L W A Y I N T E R N A T I O N A L A R T S F E S T I V A L

Identity in a Digital World

PHOTO: MANUEL HARLAN

Michael Billington’s [Theatre Critic, The Guardian] latest book The 101 Greatest Plays was written ‘not out of scholarly omniscience or in a spirit of truculent assurance but as a way of initiating a debate’. Join in that debate with him, Cathy Leeney [UCD Drama] and Neil Murray [Director, Abbey Theatre]. Chair: Cathy Belton [Actress].

I M AG E : B L AC K WATC H , N AT I O N A L T H E AT R E O F S C OT L A N D -

All The World’s A Stage - Can Theatre Define a Nation?

‘Everything a teenager does, says or looks at, however transitory, contributes to an aggregated virtual self that might one day have consequences for its real–life counterpart. How many of us would keep all our relationships and reputations intact if every transgression, mistake or youthful folly was held in public view?’ BEEBAN KIDRON

Our digital panel will look at identity theft, finding love online and how the Internet has changed the way we die. Panel includes: Teresa Mannion [RTÉ], Dr. Laurence Scott [Author], Paula Mac Sweeney [Today FM]. Chair: Tony Clayton–Lea [The Irish Times]. AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Sunday 17 July, 12.30pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

The Land of Tayto Brand Identity and Ireland ‘In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.’ THORNTON WILDER

A lunchbreak with a difference – and a conversation that features a packet of crisps with Eoghan Nolan [Brand Artillery/Think & Son], Muirne Laffan [RTÉ], Ray Coyle [Largo Foods]. Chair: Vincent Wall [Newstalk].

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Saturday 16 July 1pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought #GIAF16

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First Thought Talks

First Thought Talks

Personhood - From Stem Cells to Beyond the Bus Pass!

Music as Identity Peadar Ó Riada

‘Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.’

‘I live in the house my father lived in and Irish is the language of our community. It’s rhythm is reflected in our music and culture’

Performance and Masterclass

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ

PEADAR Ó RIADA

Join a panel of speakers who are immersed in the search for ways to live our longer lives better. Panel: Prof. Abhay Pandit [Cúram, NUI Galway], Eamon O’Shea [Personal Professor in Business and Economics NUI Galway] and Kathy Scott [Census of the Heart]. Chair: Lara Dungan [Newstalk].

Join us for this special event with composer Peadar Ó Riada, where he explains, through discussion and performance, the relationship between Irish music and Irish culture.

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Saturday 16 July, 11.30am Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Saturday 23 July, 6pm Tickets €12 giaf.ie/firstthought

Us & Them - The Science of Identity ‘Warmth and hope came from strangers as they became friends, mentors, allies, etc., while family is the shared trait of those who diminish my happiness and augment my griefs. I know in my bones that blood is not thicker than water.’ DAV I D B E R R E B Y U N D E RSTA N D I N G YO U R T R I B A L M I N D

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You Are What You Speak

Rebel Songs and Identity

‘Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.’

‘Songs…speak directly of personal, not vicarious, experience.’

Join author David Berreby and journalist Sarah Carey [Newstalk] in an exploration of what it means to be human in 2016. David’s writing about human behaviour and other topics has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Nature, Slate, Vogue and many other publications.

To what extent does our national language shape our identity, both at home and abroad. Regina Uí Chollatáin [UCD], Manchán Magan [journalist], Louis de Paor [NUI Galway] discuss.

Can we say that our rebel songs with their beauty, eloquence and doggerel provide us with a true sense of our identity? Join Terry Moylan, archivist with the Pipers Club in an exploration of music and song.

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Saturday 23 July, 2.30pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

AULA MAXIMA, NUI Galway Sunday 17 July, 3.30pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

MONROE’S LIVE, Dominick Street Saturday 23 July, 4pm Tickets €8 giaf.ie/firstthought

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Comedy | Australia | Ireland | U.S.A.

Pajama Men

Sammy J Laughter & Randy Loft

THE GUARDIAN

HERALD SUN, AUS

GA LWAY A DV E R T I S E R

World–renowned sketch superstars, known for their unique style that blends stand–up, sketch, improv, and outlandish characters in strange situations. In Pterodactyl Nights this American duo takes audiences everywhere and anywhere, with their delightfully divergent stories. Special guests are the wildly successful Irish sketch comedy trio, Foil, Arms and Hog, with host Steve Bennett.

Sammy J & Randy are two of the most sought after comics in Australia and stars of their own hit TV show. Oz’s favourite skinny man and purple puppet combine catchy songs with chaotic tomfoolery and outbursts of filth. These adorable characters have an uncanny knack of charming the pants off everyone they meet. With special guest, the BAFTA–nominated star, Spencer Jones and host the inimitable Karl Spain.

Join the peerless Gerry Mallon as he hosts the cream of Irish comedy talent including Spencer Jones, Al Porter, Colm O’Regan, Foil Arms and Hog, Joe Rooney and Fred Cooke, to name just a few. Midday madness is guaranteed in the intimate surrounds of The King’s Head Ruby Room, the original home of lunchtime comedy in Galway.

RÓISÍN DUBH Dominick Street Friday 15 July, Show 8.30pm Tickets €20–€23 giaf.ie/pajamamen

RÓISÍN DUBH Dominick Street Tuesday 19 July, Show 8.30pm Tickets €20–€23 giaf.ie/sammyjandrandy

THE RUBY ROOM The King’s Head 11–24 July, 1pm [Doors 12.30pm] Tickets €10 Available at door only giaf.ie/laughterloft

with special guests Foil, Arms & Hog & Host Steve Bennett

with special guests Spencer Jones & Host Karl Spain

with MC Gerry Mallon

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Booking & General Information How To Book

Online: www.giaf.ie Phone: +353 91 566577 from 13 June In Person: from 13 June Galway International Arts Festival Box Office Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street, Galway, Ireland Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am–5pm, Festival Kiosk, Eyre Square open 11–24 July, 11am–9pm

Concessions

Concessions are available in person for senior citizens, unwaged, and full–time students with appropriate ID.

Refunds

Galway International Arts Festival has a no refund or exchange policy on all tickets purchased.

Please Arrive on Time

Group Discounts

We offer discounts for most shows to groups of 10 or more. Email: groups@giaf.ie or contact the Box Office for details.

Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before show time. Allow time for traffic and parking. Latecomers may only be admitted at the discretion of management.

Friends’ of the Festival

Programme Changes

Friends’ Priority Booking from 24 May. To become a Friend of the Festival phone Aisling O’Sullivan at +353 91 509700 or Email: friends@giaf.ie

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are available online at www.giaf.ie from our Festival Box Office or phone +353 91 509700.

Administration Charges

Online and telephone are subject to administration charges. Bookings in person at the Festival Box Office are not subject to administration charges. See website for full details.

Special Assistance & Venue Accessibility

We ask where possible that any special needs or seating requirements are made known to us at the time of booking. GIAF endeavours to ensure that all Festival venues are fully accessible where possible, however a number partner venues have restricted access including Monroe’s Live; University Art Gallery, Aula Maxima II, NUI Galway; Ruby Room, The King’s Head; Electric and Galway Arts Centre. 62 G A L W A Y I N T E R N A T I O N A L A R T S F E S T I V A L

Festival Venues

Management reserves the right to make essential changes to the programme or theatre casts without prior notice. Free outdoor programme may change due to weather conditions. Please check online for detail.

Festival Merchandise

Available from Festival Hub, Market Street, Festival Box Office, Forster Street, Kiosk, Eyre Square or online at www.giaf.ie

Festival Hub and Festival Ambassadors Our Festival Hub can be found beside the Festival Gallery, Market Street in addition to our Festival Kiosk. It is the one–stop information point for Festival audiences. Look out for our Festival Ambassadors in the city centre who are ready to answer any Festival–related questions you might have. We look forward to meeting you!

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Absolut Big Top Fisheries Field Festival Box Office Forster Street Town Hall Theatre Courthouse Square Black Box Theatre Dyke Road Mick Lally Theatre Druid Lane Festival Club Waterside Leisureland Salthill Aula Maxima I & II, University Art Gallery, and Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway, University Road St Nicholas’ Church Market Street An Taibhdhearc Middle Street Cluain Mhuire GMIT, Monivea Road Róisín Dubh Dominick Street

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Monroe’s Live Dominick Street The King‘s Head High Street Spanish Arch Spanish Parade Festival Gallery & Hub Market Street Galway City Museum Spanish Parade Galway Arts Centre 47 Dominick Street Electric Abbeygate Street University Hospital Galway Newcastle Road Festival Kiosk Eyre Square 126 Gallery St Bridget’s Place, Woodquay The Shed The Docks, Middle Pier Seapoint Ballroom Salthill Institute for Lifecourse and Society NUI Galway, Upper Newcastle Road #GIAF16

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PREVIEWS

MON 11

7-10 July, 8pm

8pm

Arlington [a love story]

4-5

Leisureland

Song From Far Away

6-7

Town Hall Theatre

An Invitation to a Journey

8-9

Black Box Theatre

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

10-11

Town Hall Theatre

Waiting for Godot

12-13

Mick Lally Theatre 7-9 July, 8pm

A Simple Space

14-15

Black Box Theatre

Rooms

16-17

The Shed, The Docks

Fornocht do Chonac

18

An Taibhdhearc

The Gramophone

18

Various Locations

Death at Intervals

19

An Taibhdhearc

Insects

20

Eyre Square to Spanish Arch

The Scent of Sawdust

21

Eyre Square

Art Is Trash

22-23

Various Locations

Suede

24-25

Absolut Big Top

Dan Deacon

26

Róisín Dubh

King Kong Company

26

Róisín Dubh

Daithí, Mmoths & Toby Kaar

26

Róisín Dubh

The Souljazz Orchestra

27

Róisín Dubh

Stomptown Brass

27

Monroe's Live

Villagers and Mick Flannery

28-29

TUE 12

8pm 9-10 July, 8pm

7-9 July, 8pm

8pm

8pm

WED 13

THURS 14

FRI 15

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm 2pm & 8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

7pm

7pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

SAT 16

SUN 17

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-8pm

11am-8pm

11am-8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

3pm & 8pm

MON 18

8pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

30

Monroe's Live

Mary Coughlan

30

Róisín Dubh

Mundy

30

Monroe's Live

Bell X1

31

Absolut Big Top

Festival Club

32

Festival Club

Vinyl Hours

32

Festival Club

Imelda May and Damien Dempsey

33

Absolut Big Top

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TA L KS

SAT 23

C O M E DY

TUES 19

WED 20

THURS 21

FRI 22

SUN 24

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm 2pm & 8pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

8pm

7pm

8pm

7pm

8pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-8pm

11am-8pm

11am-8pm

11am-6pm

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8pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm 2pm & 8pm

10pm 2pm Check online for details.

2pm

Check online for details. 13-17 July 7.45pm 9.15pm

9.15pm

12 midnight 8.15pm 8.15pm 10pm

Absolut Big Top

Hothouse Flowers

MUSIC

8pm

2pm & 8pm

11am-6pm

S P E C TAC L E & ST R E E T A RT

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters

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Absolut Big Top

MON 11

TUE 12

WED 13

THURS 14

FRI 15

SAT 16

SUN 17

S P E C TAC L E & ST R E E T A RT

MON 18

TUES 19

WED 20

MUSIC

THURS 21

VISUAL ARTS

FRI 22

TA L KS

SAT 23

C O M E DY

SUN 24

8pm

God Is An Astronaut

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Róisín Dubh

Pleasure Beach

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Róisín Dubh

Popical Island v Citóg

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Róisín Dubh

Brian Deady

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Róisín Dubh

Seán Smyth & Friends

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Monroe's Live

Optimo | Tama Sumo | Nightmares On Wax

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Electric

Sharon Shannon Band

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Monroe's Live

We Banjo 3

38

Seapoint

The Henry Girls

38

Monroe's Live

Tommy Emmanuel

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Seapoint Ballroom

The Pipes, The Pipes

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St. Nicholas' Church

Traditional Music Showcases

40

Monroe's Live

The Gloaming

41

Absolut Big Top

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Festival Gallery

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-8pm

11am-8pm

11am-8pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-8pm

11am-8pm

11am-8pm

11am-6pm

Hughie O'Donoghue

8.15pm 8.15pm 8.15pm 8.15pm 9pm Optimo 11pm

Tama - 10pm

Wax - 10pm

8.45pm 8pm 9pm 8pm 10pm 1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

8.30pm

Ruth McHugh

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University Gallery

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

Making Ireland Modern

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Bailey Allen Hall

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

di Sopra, Marcali & Margut

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126 Gallery

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

The Savage Loves…

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University Hospital

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-6pm

10am-6pm 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 10am-6pm 10am-6pm

Art Books

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Cluain Mhuire

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

11am-6pm

Creative Wave

47

Galway City Museum

10am-5pm

10am-5pm

10am-5pm

10am-5pm

10am-5pm 10am-5pm 12noon-5pm

Border Crossings

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Galway Arts Centre

First Thought Talks

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10am-5.30pm 10am-5.30pm 10am-5.30pm 10am-5.30pm

Various Venues

Play Readings

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Mick Lally Theatre

Pajama Men

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Róisín Dubh

Sammy J & Randy

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Róisín Dubh

Laughter Loft

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The King's Head

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See Pages 49-55

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10am5.30pm

10am5.30pm

12noon5.30pm

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2pm

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1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

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Patrons & Friends

Supporting the Festival

Festival Patrons

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Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival is a not–for–profit organisation that relies heavily on the generous support of companies and individuals to help deliver extraordinary experiences which inspire people of all ages. Our aim is to enrich the cultural life of Galway and the West of Ireland with an exciting annual programme of theatre, music, street spectacle, thought–provoking debates and stunning exhibitions. You can help support us by becoming a Friend of the Festival, whether as a business or an individual, and enjoy a host of benefits including complimentary tickets, priority booking and invitations to openings and exclusive friends events. Alternatively you can go one step further and join our Festival Directors Circle which brings together patrons of the arts who are passionate about bringing world–class art and performance to Galway. Members experience a closer relationship with the Festival, enjoy special events, programme previews and rehearsals of work in development, actively participating in building the Festival’s future.

On Tour

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Platinum Friends

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