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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

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Contents Theatre, Opera, Circus & Dance

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Street Art & Spectacle

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Music 30 Visual Arts

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First Thought Talks

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Comedy 68 Booking, Information & Festival Club

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Venues & Map

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Festival Diary

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Festival Garden BOOK NOW at giaf.ie In person from 18 June at Festival Box Office, Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street, Galway, Ireland Phone: +353 91 566 577

This year we introduce the new Festival Garden — the home of the Festival in the heart of Galway. Enjoy a chilled out atmosphere at the new Festival Lounge with great food and drinks, occasional DJs and live sets from guest artists. With a Festival Information Centre & Box Office, the new Festival Garden is a great new space for artists and audiences alike to come together and join in the celebration.

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Eyre Square 18–29 July, 12noon–10pm Free

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Theatre | Ireland

‘One of the outstanding elegies of the 20th century.’ T H E G UA R D I A N O N I N CA N TATA

World Premiere Galway International Arts Festival and Jen Coppinger in association with Poetry Ireland

Incantata by Paul Muldoon directed by Sam Yates starring Stanley Townsend

INCANTATA adj. [feminine singular of incantato] 1. enchanted, spellbound

‘for there’s nothing, you’d say, nothing over and above the sky itself, nothing but cloud–cover reflected in the thousand lakes…’ Incantata is a man’s concentrated attempt to speak across the barrier of death and recapture the essence of someone lost. Now re–imagined for the theatre, Incantata, written in memory of the artist Mary Farl Powers by poet Paul Muldoon, is an attempt to understand the void that remains following the death of a close friend and lover. Paul Muldoon has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Directed by Sam Yates, an award–winning film and theatre director, whose recent production of Glengarry Glen Ross ran in London’s West End. Incantata stars Stanley Townsend, one of Ireland’s leading actors and a familiar face on both Irish and British stages and screens.

Town Hall Theatre Courthouse Square 16–21 July, 8pm 24 & 27 July, 6pm & 9pm Matinees 19 & 21 July, 2pm Previews 16 & 17 July, 8pm Tickets €20–€25 Duration 45 minutes approx. Backstage at the Festival 19 July, following 9pm show Moderator, Patrick Lonergan, NUI Galway

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Circus | Australia

Irish Premiere

Gravity & Other Myths

Backbone devised by Gravity & Other Myths directed by Darcy Grant

Watch in awe as 10 skilled acrobats literally throw around the perception of what strength is, where it comes from and how it is measured. With jaw–dropping virtuosity and extraordinarily disciplined teamwork, Backbone is utterly charming, contagiously joyful, and a thrilling high–octane exploration of human strength. Gravity & Other Myths create shows with a focus on human connection and acrobatic dexterity, continually pushing boundaries and breaking new ground. In just a short few years, Adelaide’s acrobatic sensations have rocketed to international acclaim, taking contemporary circus to a whole new level. Their Festival 2016 show A Simple Space, wowed audiences during its Galway run and took the world by storm playing Australia, Europe and America.

Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway 17–21 July, 7pm Matinee 21 July, 2pm Tickets €20–€29 Duration 1 hour 20 minutes No interval Backstage at the Festival 18 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Ian Walsh, NUI Galway

‘Circus at its best. Extraordinary.’

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‘Circus as you’ve never seen it.’

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‘Achieving the impossible.’ TIME OUT SYDNEY

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Theatre | South Africa

Irish Premiere

The Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town

THE SCOTSMAN Fringe First Award

The Fall

devised by members of the company director/facilitator Clare Stopford cast Ameera Conrad, Oarabile Ditsele, Tankiso Mamabolo, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Sihle Mnqwazana, Cleo Raatus and Zandile Madliwa

Black Box Theatre Dyke Road 16–21 July, 7pm Matinees 19 & 21 July, 2pm Tickets €22–€29.50

‘Exhilarating… stirring… transporting… an infectious, heady joy…’ B E N B R A N T L E Y, T H E N E W Y O R K T I M E S , C R I T I C S ’ P I C K

Duration 1 hour and 20 minutes No interval Backstage at the Festival 17 July Post–show talk with the company

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Moderator, Charlotte McIvor, NUI Galway

The atmosphere among my fellow comrades is euphoric. We have brought this change. As the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes came down at the University of Cape Town, seven students wrote the sensational play The Fall, which marshals the power of protest song and dance, to unpack discrimination in all its forms. The production took South Africa, Edinburgh, London and New York by storm, captivating audiences and wowing critics, and now comes to Galway for an exclusive limited Festival run. As colonialist and patriarchal icons are dismantled across the world, The Fall goes to the heart of how race, class, gender, power and history’s voices intersect.

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Theatre | Ireland

World Premieres

Druid

Druid

by Sonya Kelly directed by Cathal Cleary

by Cristín Kehoe directed by Oonagh Murphy

Furniture

Shelter

cast Niall Buggy, Peter Campion, Garrett Lombard, Clare Monnelly, Rebecca O’Mara and Aisling O’Sullivan

cast includes Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan, Brendan Conroy and Lauren Larkin

Furniture is not sentimental. You can love it, but it won’t remember who you are.

We’re meant to be in here, we own this place. We’re the sons of Ireland and I don’t care what anybody says.

Three short plays about chairs and tables, and the people who love them. Furniture is a playful new piece about perceptions and possessions. Told through the lives of six individuals, this fresh, new comedy looks at how the things we own shape our worldview and even ourselves. Written by Sonya Kelly [The Wheelchair on My Face; How to Keep an Alien], Furniture is a new Irish play with a lot to say about who we think we are. Furniture and Shelter are playing in repertory as part of Druid’s season of new Irish work at GIAF 2018 featuring two world premieres and two Druid Debuts. 1 0 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

The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane 12–28 July Previews 12 July 8pm & 14 July 5pm 16, 18, 20, 23, 25 & 27 July, 8pm 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26 & 28 July, 5pm Tickets €18–€26 Duration 1 hour 20 minutes No interval Backstage at the Festival 18 July Post–show talk with the company members. Moderator, Miriam Houghton, NUI Galway

Fus is front–page news, but not all news is good. As he hides out in a disused warehouse, he soon learns that Tommy has lost his job and their hideaway is under threat. As friends trickle through the building, they drink, dance, row and reminisce while the clock counts down. Shelter is a portrait of life on the edge. It is at turns brutal, touching and funny in its portrayal of those whose lives are washed over in the name of progress.

Shelter and Furniture are playing in repertory as part of Druid’s season of new Irish work at GIAF 2018 featuring two world premieres and two Druid Debuts.

The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane 13–29 July Previews 13 & 14 July, 8pm 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28 & 29 July, 8pm 18, 20, 25 & 27 July, 5pm‬ 22 & 29 July, 3pm Tickets €18–€26 Duration 1 hour 30 minutes, No interval Backstage at the Festival 19 July Post–show talk with the company members. Moderator, Miriam Houghton, NUI Galway

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Opera | Ireland

‘A star is born.’ T H E S U N DAY B U S I N E S S P O S T ON SHARON CARTY

Irish National Opera in association with Galway International Arts Festival, a co–production with United Fall in partnership with Irish Baroque Orchestra

Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Gluck directed by and choreographed by Emma Martin conducted by Peter Whelan

‘Let love triumph, and all the world serve the empire of beauty’

A story so weighted in tragedy, the power of the Orpheus myth lies in its balance between mortality and hope, transcendence and love. GIAF presents this major new production of Gluck’s revolutionary work Orfeo ed Euridice, based on one of the most famous stories in history and featuring a powerful mix of music, song, dance and imagery. Emma Martin, one of Ireland’s most exciting dance theatre makers, directs with Sharon Carty and Sarah Power performing the title roles joined by an ensemble of four singers and four United Fall dancers. Peter Whelan conducts the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Irish National Opera is a newly formed company that merges two of Ireland’s most innovative opera producers of the past decade, Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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Town Hall Theatre Courthouse Square 23–29 July, 8pm No show 24 & 27 July Tickets €30–€40 Duration 1 hour 40 mins. No interval Backstage at the Festival 25 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Aidan Thomson, NUI Galway

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Theatre | Australia

Irish Premiere

Brink Productions

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow by Patrick White directed by Chris Drummond

A unique adaptation of Australia’s towering literary genius and Nobel Prize recipient Patrick White’s Down at the Dump.

‘Visually captivating, splendidly lucid stage adaptation’ THE AUSTRALIAN

‘Excellent… Drummond’s staging is masterful.’ I N D A I L Y, A U S T R A L I A

‘Phenomenal.’ LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

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The only death to fear is the death of love Actors, musicians and audience share a unique theatre experience in a transformed performance space in the Black Box Theatre with everyone sitting in a circle of burnt earth beneath a vast canvas of Australian sky. The Whalley family are getting ready for a day at the dump, while next door the Hogbens prepare to bury the outrageous Daise Morrow, a free spirit whose youthful romantic exploits scandalised the staid residents of her tiny Australian town. A gorgeous, sensory evocation of Patrick White’s Australia, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is brutally funny, profound in its understanding of human nature, the complications of compassion and the majesty of love. This rich theatrical adaptation keeps all the wit, scathing insight and wonderful humour of the book and transforms it into something new. Accompanied with haunting live music performed by the sublime Zephyr Quartet. In association with Far and Away Productions.

Black Box Theatre Dyke Road 23–28 July, 7pm Matinee 26 and 28 July, 2pm Duration 1 hour 20 mins No interval Tickets €22–€29.50 Backstage at the Festival 24 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Marianne Kennedy, NUI Galway

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Circus | Australia

Irish Premiere

Circa

‘The mighty Circa.’ THE TIMES

Humans created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble directed by Yaron Lifschitz

‘Stunning… heart–stopping acrobatics.’

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‘Thrilling’ THE TIMES

Ten astonishing and highly–skilled acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human. With incredible strength and integrity they connect each moment seamlessly with the next in a thrilling and heart– stopping performance. Exploring the physical limits of their bodies as they are pushed to the extreme, the phenomenal Circa question how much we can take as humans. Created by Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s reputation for fearless, boundary–pushing circus and physical theatre is borne out in every one of their shows. One of the most popular companies ever to perform at the festival, Circa make their long–awaited return to Galway after an absence of nine years.

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Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway 24–29 July, 7pm Tickets €20–€29 Duration 1 hour 10 minutes approx. No interval Backstage at the Festival 25 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Catherine Morris, NUI Galway

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Theatre | Scotland Vox Motus

Flight adapted by Oliver Emanuel from the novel Hinterland by Caroline Brothers directed by Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds

‘Exquisite and intensely affecting.’ T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S C R I T I C’S P I C K

Irish Premiere The runaway hit of the Edinburgh International Festival 2017, Flight recently took New York by storm. A magical experience that combines unsettling themes with spellbinding images, Flight tells the story of two young orphaned brothers who embark on a desperate odyssey to find freedom and safety. With their small inheritance stitched into their clothes, they set off on an epic journey across Europe seeking a better life in London, in a heart–wrenching road story of terror, hope and survival. Flight brings audiences into this intimate and heartbreaking story in a unique and deeply individual experience. Seated in individual booths, the audience of 25 people each watch the story unfold for them as a carousel of over 100 3D models slowly rotates, with dialogue and music experienced through separate headsets. Flight draws you into its exquisite, fragile miniature world and allows you to contemplate its gripping story of two children lost in dangerous lands.

O’Donoghue Theatre NUI Galway 19 July 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm 20–29 July 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm, 3.45pm 6pm, 6.45pm, 7,30pm, 8.15pm, 9pm No show 24 July Tickets €20–€25 Limited capacity of 25 per show Duration 1 hour appox. No interval. Age 14+

‘Profoundly imaginative… gorgeously designed… unforgettable’ T H E N E W YO R K E R

‘Extraordinary.’ THE OBSERVER

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Theatre | Installation | England | Lebanon

Theatre | Installation | Ireland

World Premiere

Galway International Arts Festival

Office 33A written and directed by Enda Walsh featuring the voice of Donal O’Kelly ‘Guaranteed to take up residence in your head.’ T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S O N RO O M S

‘Extraordinary’

It sort of kills me that I’ve allowed the hope of ‘you and me’ to be taken by the work. That the work and what it’s turned into has taken and killed everything.

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‘This piece will change the way you think.’

The voice of an administrator in a waste management company is still heard in his office. He recalls the love he found and how he must keep that love alive. Office 33A is the fifth in a series of theatre installations by Enda Walsh collectively known as Rooms which toured to New York in 2017.

W H AT’S O N STAG E

Tania El Khoury

Gardens Speak Bank Of Ireland Theatre NUI Galway 23–25 July 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 6pm & 7pm 26–29 July 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 6pm, 7pm, 8pm Tickets €15 Duration 40 minutes approx. Limited capacity of 10 per show Age 14+

O’Donoghue Centre NUI Galway 16–29 July From 11am. Every 20 minutes to 6pm Sunday–Wednesday From 11am. Every 20 minutes to 8pm Thursday–Saturday Tickets €7 Duration 15 minutes approx.

Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who took to the streets during the early periods of the uprising. As much an art installation as it is theatre, Gardens Speak depicts the human cost of the war by acquainting us with the life and death of 10 ordinary yet remarkable people who were buried in Syrian gardens. Each story has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves may have recounted it. A unique, unforgettable, interactive and immersive experience.

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Theatre | Ireland

World Premiere

An Taibhdhearc and the Abbey Theatre in association with Galway International Arts Festival

Baoite

Theatre | Ireland

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‘Terrific performances… exceptional writers… brilliant script’ THE ARTS REVIEW

Bait

written and directed by Darach Mac Con Iomaire Iseult Golden and David Horan in association with the Abbey Theatre

Class

written and directed by Iseult Golden and David Horan

An Taibhdhearc Middle Street 12–22 July, 7.30pm Previews 12–14 July, 7.30pm Matinees 14 & 22 July, 2pm No show 15 July Tickets €20–€25 Duration 2 hours with interval

...is é an ciúnas a chreimfeas an ceantar seo – níos measa ná ceimiceán ar bith...

God I hate classrooms. Give me the heebie jeebies. Even still.

A fishing family leads a desperate fight to defend their coastal community from the imminent threat of offshore fracking — but as the constant pressure of campaigning mounts, hidden fractures appear in the once–solid clan, as lies, legacies, deceit and ultimate betrayal undermine the family and destroy the community. Allegiances are torn — a community is split, until a trawler tragedy unites it in grief. But when the truth begins to emerge about what actually happened, our perception of right and wrong is turned on its head. Baoite is a new Abbey Theatre commission from the writer and director of the multi–award winning TV crime series Corp + Anam Darach Mac Con Iomaire. Scéinséir dorcha faoi lánúin iascaireachta a bristear ó chéile de bharr ciúnas agus bréaga an phobail agus iad sáite in agóid in aghaidh comhlachta fraiceála mara. Performed in Irish with English surtitles.

Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old, and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna — recently separated — never liked school, never liked teachers. So are they going to trust this one? And should they? A parent–teacher meeting goes very, very wrong in Class — a new play about learning difficulties: in school, in life, wherever. Following a sell–out run at Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 and at the Abbey Theatre earlier this year, Iseult Golden and David Horan explore the complications and comedy when three adults find themselves back in class.

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An Taibhdhearc Middle Street 24–28 July, 8pm 29 July, 6pm Matinees 26 & 28 July, 2pm Tickets €20–€25 Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes Backstage at the Festival 26 July Post–show talk with the company Moderator, Miriam Haughton NUI Galway

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Dance | Theatre | Ireland

World Premiere

Theatre | Ireland

Irish Modern Dance

Cloud Study

Decadent Theatre

choreography John Scott

‘Vital, fluent dance that admits no boundaries.’ TA N Z M AGA Z I N E , B E R L I N [ O N J O H N S C OT T ]

Gathering Clouds is part dance, part theatre, part athletics. Two compelling dancers: Mufutau Yusuf, an Irish man born in Nigeria and Salma Ataya, a Palestinian Dabka dancer, attempt to run 1,000 kilometres in circles and lines through the performance space, chasing dreams, memories and home. John Scott returns to Galway with his new wild, beautiful and explosive running dance. Festival Gallery Market Street 18 July, 7.30pm & 9pm 19 July, 9pm Tickets €10 Duration 45 minutes approx.

Port Authority by Conor McPherson directed by Andrew Flynn

‘Spellbinding’ THE TELEGRAPH ON PORT AUTHORITY

‘Glittering wit’ THE GUARDIAN ON PORT AUTHORITY

PHOTO: CHRIS NASH

Galway Youth and Community Theatre

Wit

by Margaret Edison directed by Andrew Flynn A celebrated but exacting professor of metaphysical poetry, Vivian Bearing has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. As she submits herself to an experimental treatment, Vivian approaches her illness with the same uncompromising rigour she brings to bear on the sonnets of John Donne. A Pulitzer Prize winning play, Wit is a striking and sharply funny reflection on the frailty of existence and of the complex relationship between knowledge and love.

‘A dazzling and humane play.’ N E W YO R K M AGA Z I N E

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‘A glittering jewel on the mountain at the top of Friday.’ A young boy leaves home for the first time, a man begins a job for which he is not qualified, a pensioner receives a mysterious package. As each confronts the significance of these events, they are forced to take stock of themselves, their feelings and of the decisions they have made. Painting a vivid picture of life in contemporary Dublin, award– winning playwright Conor McPherson [The Seafarer, The Weir and Shining City] weaves together a moving and funny tale of loves lost and found, the consequences of big dreams and the significance of even our smallest choices.

Nun’s Island Theatre Nun’s Island 16–29 July, 8pm Preview 14 July Matinee 21 & 28 July, 2pm No Show 22 July Tickets €22–€24 Duration 2 hours with interval

Nun’s Island Theatre Nun’s Island 16–29 July, 4.30pm No Show 22 July Tickets €16–€18 Duration 2 hours with interval PHOTO: GIANNI PISANU

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Street Art | Architecture | France

Festival Commission

Olivier Grossetête

Luke Jerram

The People Build Eyre Square | Waterside Constructions 20 & 21 July, 11am–4pm Demolitions 22 July, 3pm & 6pm Free Workshops 13–19 July Check online for full details

Street Art | Installation | England

Museum of the Moon

Following on from the success of The People Build in 2017, where Olivier Grossetête won the hearts of the Festival audience with his large scale reconstruction of the Aula Maxima in Eyre Square, GIAF has invited the artist to return to Galway to embark on two large scale and highly ambitious projects. Over two weeks, thousands of cardboard boxes will be transformed into the building blocks of a series of democratically assembled buildings including a new floating cardboard bridge at Waterside, a testimony to Galway’s River Corrib Viaduct once part of the famous Galway to Clifden Railway. This awe–inspiring and spectacular architectural event is created by the people, for the people, and demonstrates the very best of community spirit and collective endeavour.

Museum of the Moon is a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram who is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

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Human Biology Building NUI Galway 16–29 July, 11am–6pm Late opening to 8pm Thursday–Saturday Free

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Street Art | Architecture | England

Street Art | The Netherlands

Architects of Air | Alan Parkinson

Close–Act

Miracoco Luminarium

Birdmen

A luminarium is a sculpture people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour. From the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk–in sculptures of Architects of Air, designed by Alan Parkinson, have astounded audiences across the globe. The luminarium offers a dazzling maze of winding paths, soaring domes and scintillating light, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages. Visitors are transported and immersed into an amazing world for a unique sensory experience. Enter and be amazed. Wheelchair Accessible. Eyre Square 20–28 July, 11am–8pm [last entry] €5

Huge illuminated, mysterious creatures will roam the streets of Galway this July. Resembling an extinct species of skeletal pterodactyls, these luminous Birdmen can best be defined as a new species: the Technosaurus — a creature from the past and the future combined! Magical and hypnotic, these Birdmen are full of surprise. Come find out what they have to say.

Eyre Square to Spanish Arch Friday 20 & Saturday 21 July 7.30pm, 10pm Sunday 22 July 2pm, 4pm, 6pm Free

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult Minimum of 1 adult with 4 children Check online for full details

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Music | Canada

‘Rich, strange, endlessly fascinating music.’ THE GUARDIAN

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Caribou

Dan Snaith’s Canadian outfit Caribou is regarded as one of the most iconic and recognisable names on the contemporary electronic circuit. In 2010, they released the universally adored album Swim, which was named ‘Album of the Year’ by Rough Trade, Mixmag and Resident Advisor, while simultaneously hitting The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin and Mojo’s Top 20 albums of the year. In 2012, Caribou joined Radiohead on tour and Dan released his first album under the guise of his dance floor loving pseudonym, Daphni, to widespread positive reviews. Following the shape shifting sounds of Jiaolong and the brightly textured, fluid constructions of Swim, Dan released Caribou’s next opus the Grammy nominated Our Love which received widespread critical acclaim and again appeared on numerous end of year Top 20 lists including The Guardian. Caribou have spent the last three years touring with their energetic and immersive live shows with sold out performances all over the world including the Sydney Opera House and Glastonbury while providing thrilling festival headline slots at among others Primavera, Field Day, Parklife and Coachella. With the promise of killer tunes Can’t Do Without You, Odessa, Silver, Our Love, Melody Day and Sun sure to set the Festival Big Top sizzling this summer, Caribou’s only Irish performance in 2018 is one not to be missed.

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Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Saturday 28 July Tickets €49.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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Music | Australia | Ireland | USA

Music | Ireland Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Gavin James All Our Exes Live in Texas ‘Irresistible folk–pop’ THE AUSTRALIAN

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Friday 27 July, 8.30pm Tickets €14–€16 Standing. Over 18

A powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess, the combination of four of Australia’s finest singer–songwriters is indie–folk harmony heaven. 2017 saw the release of their critically– acclaimed debut When We Fall and were named one of SXSW 2017’s ‘Top 15 Artists to Watch’ by NPR. Brace yourself for intricate musicality, heartbreaking honesty and melodies that soar, from voices that truly captivate.

The Olllam

The Lost Brothers

Famous for their trance–like melodies, stunning instrumental virtuosity and magical marriage of tradition and technology, The Olllam, resting somewhere between Radiohead and Planxty, have discovered a synergy within their diverse musical backgrounds. The powerful rhythm section of bassist Joe Dart [Vulfpeck] and drummer Mike Shimmin is unique, whilst Tyler Duncan and John McSherry on pipes and low whistles are a melodic and harmonic dream.

Not real siblings, Irish duo Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland’s cabin in the woods–style folk music is built on whispering harmonies, deft acoustic fingerpicking and wispy melodies that comfortably fit next to the Simon and Garfunkel or Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy corner of your record collection.

‘Spellbinding’ NME

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Tuesday 17 July, 8.30pm Tickets €20–€22.50 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18 3 2 G A L WAY I N T E R N AT I O N A L A R T S F E S T I VA L

Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Thursday 26 July, 9pm Tickets €20 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

Since the release of his debut album Bitter Pill, Gavin James has sold over 2 million singles worldwide, amassed ½ billion streams on Spotify and performed over 500 shows to over 3 million people at festivals and sold–out tours across US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. The Bitter Pill, Say Hello, Nervous, and For You creator has amassed an army of fans around the globe with his ‘once in a generation’ voice and emotionally–charged live performances. He has also found fans in many of his fellow musical peers, supporting Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Kodaline and Sam Smith and collaborating with Alan Walker [on the summer smash Tired] and Australian Hip Hop act Bliss n Eso [on the Aria Award nominated Moments]. James had a massive 2017 and is set to be even bigger in 2018. His Galway gig will be another opportunity to see and hear one of Ireland’s brightest talents.

PHOTO: GRACE PICKERING

Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Friday 20 July Tickets €35 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

‘his voice is absolutely astounding’ STAT E

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Music | England

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Madness

With over thirty Top 40 hits in the UK including One Step Beyond, Our House, It Must Be Love, Embarrassment and Baggy Trousers, Madness’ knock–out live shows are a frenzy of infectious tunes and timeless anthems. The Nutty Boys, as they are commonly known, enjoy an unrivalled reputation as one of Britain’s most enduring live acts and one of the most successful British acts of their generation. They headlined The House of Common Festival in London’s Clapham Common in 2016 and 2017, and wowed audiences when they played the main stage at Electric Picnic last September. Full House, The Very Best of Madness, a brand new compilation was released in November of last year. Their latest studio album Can’t Touch Us Now, which includes the poignant Amy Winehouse tribute Blackbird, put them back in the Top 5 in the charts and demonstrated why Madness are as relevant today as ever.

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Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Friday 27 July Tickets €59.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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Music | Ireland | England ‘Superb’ THE GUARDIAN

Music | China | India | Ireland

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Camille O’Sullivan

THE SCOTSMAN

Camille enjoys a formidable international reputation for her intensely dramatic interpretations of the songs of Brel, Cave, Waits, Bowie and more. The multi award–winning singer has stunned audiences around the world with her 5 star sell–out performances, including Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Edinburgh Fringe and the Royal Albert Hall. She featured in The Telegraph’s Top 25 performances in 25 years of Later with Jools Holland. Dark, funny, fierce and mesmerizing, Camille transforms each song into an intense, emotional and theatrical experience, drawing her audience into a world illuminated by the dark and the light. Expect joy and pure passion.

China National Traditional Orchestra Composer Jiang Ying Conductor Liu Sha

Xuanzang’s Pilgrimage – Concert version Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Wednesday 18 July, 9pm Tickets €28 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

Beardyman | Kevin Rowland [Dexy’s] DJ Set

The Galmont Concert Hall The Galmont Hotel, Lough Atalia Road Tuesday 24 July, 8pm Tickets €22–€25

China National Traditional Orchestra, the world’s most celebrated and influential Chinese music ensemble, makes its Irish debut to showcase heritage works in a modern light. This 90–piece orchestra mesmerizes with traditional Chinese instrumentation, beauty and artistry. In recent years, the orchestra has pushed its boundaries with its extensive repertoire of new and traditional works, surprising audiences by inviting them into a realm of a vibrant and re– imagined Chinese music experience.

Wajahat Khan & Peadar Ó Riada Continuing Traditions

‘A phenomenally gifted performer.’ H OT P R E SS O N B E A R DY M A N

Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Saturday 28 July, 11pm Tickets €20 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

A leading light on the Beatbox scene, Beardyman has always pushed beatbox way beyond what most consider its limits. A uniquely gifted performer, he has performed all over the world and toured with, among others, Groove Armada. Using an ever–growing arsenal of sound manipulation technology, he takes audiences on full–length musical journeys, darting from exhilaratingly ad–hoc rave–ups, to mash–ups of classic tunes. Followed by DJ set with Kevin Rowland, leader of the iconic Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Rowland’s musical genius has made him a highly respected and in–demand DJ in clubs and festivals.

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An exciting new musical ensemble formed by the world–renowned musicians Ustad Wajahat Khan and Peadar Ó Riada. Both artists are among the leading and most revered performers and composers of Indian classical music and Irish traditional music respectively. They are also sons of legendary fathers and continuing a family tradition of musicianship and composition which have greatly influenced the music of the current generation. They explore and bond their musical traditions that evolved in their respective families for many generations in India and Ireland. The ensemble is comprised of six master musicians playing traditional instruments and percussion from their respective genres.

St Nicholas’ Church Lombard Street Tuesday 17 July, 10.30pm Tickets €22–€25

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Music | USA | Northern Ireland | Ireland

Music | Ireland

We Are Scientists

Sharon Shannon & Band

‘Outrageous sonic adventures.’ THE IRISH TIMES

This New York based power pop troupe exploded onto the music scene with one of 2005’s iconic indie dance rock records With Love & Squalor. Years of touring followed, and a second album Brain Thrust Mastery, that spawned now–classic nightlife anthem After Hours. They have performed on Later with Jools Holland and have appeared on the main stage at festivals around the world including Reading Leeds, Glastonbury, T in the Park and across Europe.

True master of the accordion, Sharon Shannon has recorded and toured with a veritable who’s who of the global music industry, including Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan. Her 12 groundbreaking studio albums have mixed traditional Irish sounds with reggae, country, native American, bluegrass, rap, dance, African and French Canadian. Winning the hearts and minds of audiences around the world, Sharon Shannon is undoubtedly the queen of traditional
Irish music.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Tuesday 24 July, 8.30pm Tickets €18–€20 Standing. Over 18

Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Tuesday 17 July, 9pm Tickets €30 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

‘Vocal flair and acoustic finesse’

A I L B H E R E D DY

GOLDEN PLEC

And So I Watch You From Afar

Mongoose

Ailbhe Reddy, Slow Skies & Maria Kelly

Le Boom & LUMO

Northern Ireland’s most compelling and heart–stoppingly brilliant export. The band’s passionate live show features joyous bubbling rhythmic anticipation, specks of electronica and what sounds like a thousand drumkits chasing each other down the street in time. Add gloriously warm layers of cascading vocals, and what you get is an overwhelmingly warm feeling and a great gig.

Mongoose are a fierce female foursome who have taken the alternative folk scene by storm. They are an amalgamation of styles, ranging from pop and folk to jazz and trad. Influences include Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac and Beyoncé. Festival appearances include Body & Soul, Longitude and Electric Picnic. Their live shows feature an eclectic range of instruments and beautifully crafted songs.

A triple–bill featuring Ailbhe Reddy [pictured] whose addictive radio friendly hooks have made huge waves since the release of her debut EP Hollowed Out Sea which included her acclaimed, breakout single Distrust; Slow Skies is the project of Dublin’s Karen Sheridan, and the delicate blend of Maria Kelly’s atmospheric alt–folk.

Le Boom is an electro–indie, house–pop duo based in Dublin. Formed in 2016 by Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon they have brought their live shows from New York to Reyjavik and Dublin to Galway. Their debut single, What We Do, soundtracked the summer of 2017. Followed by LUMO club night, with as much fondness for Phil Collins as for Caribou.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Saturday 21 July, 8.30pm Tickets €18–€20 Standing. Over 18

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Sunday 29 July, 8.30pm Tickets €10–€12.50 Standing. Over 18

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Thursday 19 July, 8.30pm Tickets €12–€14 Standing. Over 18

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Saturday 28 July, 11.30pm Tickets €10 Standing. Over 18

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Music | USA

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

The Flaming Lips ‘Joyous psychedelic extravaganzas’ THE GUARDIAN

‘Explosive spectacle’ PITCHFORK

Three–time Grammy Award winners and one of Q magazine’s ‘50 Bands to See Before You Die’ The Flaming Lips have carved out a reputation as one of the world’s best live bands. Highly original on record, The Flaming Lips have a massive back catalogue of critically–acclaimed albums, including 1992’s Hit to Death in the Future Head; 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, 1995’s Clouds Taste Metallic; 1997’s experimental Zaireeka; 1999’s The Soft Bulletin; 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots; 2009’s Embryonic; 2013’s The Terror and their Fwends series of albums featuring collaborations with artists such as Kesha, Miley Cyrus, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Erykah Badu and Tame Impala. With its harmonies and orchestrated sounds, their 1999 breakthrough The Soft Bulletin has been compared to the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and was named both NME’s and Uncut’s Album of the Year, and is widely considered one of the best albums this century. The Flaming Lips’ legendary 2010 performance on the Pyramid Stage has gone down in the annals of Glastonbury history so it is with much anticipation that we welcome them to the Heineken Big Top for their only Irish gig of the summer. Support from Le Galaxie.

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PHOTO: GEORGE SALISBURY

Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Thursday 26 July Tickets €49.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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Music | Ireland

Music | Ireland

HOLOVR

AOIFE O’NEILL

Live @ Electric

Shivers with Young Marco, Wolf Muller & Niklas Wandt & Gash Collective Boat Party

Lerosa, HOLOVR & lastminuteman

Globetrotting Dekmantel Festival mainstay Young Marco has gained recognition in recent years for his eclectic DJ sets. Also on the bill are German duo Wolf Muller and Niklas Wandt, who released their debut album of tropical jazz Instrumentalmusik Von Der Mitte Der World earlier this year to huge critical acclaim. Gash Collective founder and Corkonian Elll is on the warm up controls for rising star Deena Abdelwahed.

Dublin based Italian DJ and producer Lerosa brings his eclectic Disco stylings to the Festival. UK artist Jimmy Billingham aka HOLOVR performs the acid, techno, and ambient sounds that have laced his numerous celebrated releases. A live set from Dublin’s lastminuteman rounds out a line–up brimming with quality.

Electric Garden & Theatre, Abbeygate Street Friday 20 July, 11pm Tickets €10–€15

Electric, Abbeygate Street Saturday 21 July, 11pm Tickets €8–€10

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The Stunning with special guests The Academic

With a string of memorable hits to their name, The Stunning make a welcome return to the Festival. The legendary live performers, who have always held a special place in the hearts of Irish music fans, provided the soundtrack to a generation of a fans during the 80s and 90s. After a decade long absence, the band reformed and began touring again. Most recently they have released Twice Around the World, a re–recorded, re–imagined version of their Number 1 album Once Around the World. Ireland’s newest indie–rock sensation, The Academic burst on to the scene with a number of great tunes and amazing live shows leading to their debut album reaching No 1 earlier this year.

Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Sunday 22 July Tickets €35 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

P H OTO : K AT H R I N B AU M B AC H

New Jackson, R. Kitt & Barry Redsetta

Moodymann, Intergalactic Gary, Sync 24 & Aoife O’Neill

New Jackson is Irish singer–songwriter David Kitt’s electronic alias. He brings his machines to Electric for another storming live show. Also on the bill is up–and–coming younger sibling R. Kitt who will perform his high octane party. DJing upstairs is Irish clubbing mainstay Barry Redsetta.

Living dance music legend Moodymann brings his smooth mix of Detroit party music, with support from The Disconauts. In the Garden, Dutch DJ Intergalactic Gary spins his tight blend of 80’s disco and machine music. UK electro artist Sync 24 is joined by Cork’s Aoife O’Neill on the decks in Factory.

Electric Garden & Theatre, Abbeygate Street Thursday 26 July, 11pm Tickets €8

Electric Garden & Theatre, Abbeygate Street Saturday 28 July, 10pm Tickets €15–€20

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Thank You For The Music a Sing Along Social special The Sing Along Social is a zero–commitment choir. It’s a space to sing alongside friends and strangers, and last year your favourite Power Ballads, hosted by Aoife McElwain. Homes and lives were once shared by members of both Abba and Fleetwood Mac, so tonight we have a sing off! Whose side are you on? Become part of our chaotic choir and sing your heart out to your favourite Abba and Fleetwood Mac tunes.

Festival Club, Galway Rowing Club, Waterside Thursday 26 July, 8pm Tickets €10

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Music | Ireland | England

Music | Ireland

Paddy Hanna & Sinead White A cult figure on the Dublin music scene, Paddy has just released his new album, Frankly, I Mutate. Hanna’s songwriting has always sat somewhere between awkwardness and charm, his songs rich and lavish, recalling the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Scott Walker. Hanna has an authenticity other musicians strive towards. Sinéad White’s fresh approach to songwriting is captivatingly charming and uniquely powerful. Her floor–stomping tunes leave audiences in awe. Featuring an amazing guitar style, accompanied by interesting, profound and intelligent lyrics, all delivered by a dynamic voice that is as dramatic as it is haunting. Support from Dowry.

‘Brilliantly distinctive’ S U N DAY B U S I N E S S P O S T

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Sunday 22 July, 8.30pm Tickets €10–€12.50 Standing. Over 18

‘Irish music legends.’

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‘Gently intoxicating.’ CLASH

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Walking on Cars

Armed with lyrics that veer between tenderness and anguish, lush soundscapes that explode into colour, with vocals that roar of heartache and romantic longing, Walking on Cars are set to provide the soundtrack to the summer when they play the Festival this July. The double platinum selling Dingle five–piece caught music lovers’ imagination in 2012 with their early singles. Their debut album Everything This Way was released in January 2016 and went straight to No. 1 in Ireland and made the Top 5 in seven countries. Support from Wyvern Lingo.

Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Saturday 21 July Tickets €39.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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HOT PRESS

THE GUARDIAN

Something Happens

Jerry Dammers DJ Set

One of the leading Irish bands of their generation and boasting an enviable back catalogue of Top 30 singles and 5 original albums, Something Happens continue to perform to an adoring fan base. With a string of unforgettable classic hits including the infectious Hello Hello and Parachute, a Something Happens live show is an unmissable trip down memory lane.

Jerry Dammers is the founding member of The Specials, 2 Tone Records and more recently The Spatial AKA Orchestra. He began DJing at the Wag Club with Paul Weller at a benefit for the UK miners’ strike in 1984. He has built a sterling reputation as a DJ with club sets of revival reggae and ska, with a little funk and rhythm and blues.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Friday 20 July, 8.30pm Tickets €22–€24 Standing. Over 18

Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Friday 27 July, 11pm Tickets €10 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

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Kodaline

One of Ireland’s biggest international successes, Kodaline return to the Festival Big Top. Their multi–platinum selling debut album In A Perfect World enjoyed massive success with their follow up Coming up for Air building further on their reputation. In 2016, they featured on Kygo’s global smash Raging and have worked with a variety of world–renowned writers and producers including pop guru Wayne Hector and Jonny Coffer [Beyoncé, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy and Two Inch Punch, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Sam Smith] on their new album. Support from Ryan McMullan.

Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Thursday 19 July Tickets €47.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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Music | Ireland

Music | Ireland

‘Cut the gloom with joyous panache’ IRISH INDEPENDENT

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Conductor David Brophy Soloist: Sinead Campbell–Wallace

Conductor Gavin Murphy

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Festival Proms

Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Saturday 28 July Tickets €25–€28 Seated Doors 1pm | Show 2pm

2FM LIVE with Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

An Invitation To The Dance

Dance Anthems

An afternoon of popular foot–tapping classics with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with leading Irish soprano Sinead Campbell–Wallace under the baton of David Brophy in the spectacular setting of the Festival Big Top. This year’s Festival Proms features Johann Strauss’ waltzes and polkas to Bill Whelan’s Riverdance with some of the finest dance music from around the world; from the musical energy of Tchaikovsky and other Russian favourites to the haunting beauty of a French pavane via Kalinka and the Mexican Hat Dance!

2FM Live with Jenny Greene & the RTÉ Concert Orchestra became the fastest selling music gig in Galway International Arts Festival’s 40–year history. Their 2017 Galway show featured live performances of 90’s club classics hits complete with stunning visuals and special effects and was one of the highlights of the Festival Big Top last year. With the amazing Gemma Sugrue back on vocals and the Concert Orchestra conductor Gavin Murphy once again at the helm, it is no surprise that this Festival closing party is one of the hottest tickets of the summer. Support from Elaine Mai.

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Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Sunday 29 July Tickets €49.50 Standing Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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Music | Ireland | USA

Music | Ireland | England | Scotland

Seamus Fogarty & Junior Brother

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, John Smith

Support by Siobhan Wilson Scottish indie–folk power duo Aidan Moffat [Arab Strap] and RM Hubbert perform tracks off their new album Here Lies The Body weaving beautiful, spidery guitar work, haunting piano lines with Moffat’s rich voice. Acclaimed guitarist and singer–songwriter John Smith’s guitar work and honey–on–gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin–drop silence and rapturous applause. Support by Siobhan Wilson who creates and entrancing, intimate atmosphere in her live shows with an enigmatic combination of her pure voice, mesmeric guitar playing and trembling cello.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Wednesday, 18 July, 8.30pm Tickets €12.50–€15 Standing. Over 18

JOHN SMITH

SEAMUS FOGARTY

Seamus Fogarty is an evocative and thoughtful lyricist and an electronic shape–shifter, layering songs in beats, loops, hisses, found sounds and bites of conversation. His storylines, delivered with rueful hindsight, are similarly surprising. His latest album, the truly magnificent The Curious Hand, elevates Fogarty into a whole new bracket of artists doing fascinatingly skewed, modern and heartfelt things with roots– influenced and electronic music. Junior Brother is an experimental singer songwriter playing sometime humorous, sometimes heady tunes, well known for his striking live performances.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Monday 23 July, 8.30pm Tickets €12.50–€15 Standing. Over 18

‘Spellbinding’ GA LWAY A DV E R T I S E R

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

Liam Ó Maonlaí & Brendan O’Regan

Tracy Bruen

The Wedding Present

Returning to the Festival this year are Louisana’s finest New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. Masters of their unique style, a compelling mix of traditional and modern jazz, blues and original music, this rhythmic ensemble will transport you to a bustling New Orleans speakeasy. Frontman James Williams echoes the powerful delivery of Louis Armstrong as the group delivers hot, soulful, sweet New Orleans jazz.

A very special event when four of Ireland’s leading musicians come together for a one– off collaborative concert with music from around the world. Featuring Liam O’ Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers and the composer and producer Brendan O’Regan who are joined by multi–instrumentalist Floriane Blancke and Altan’s Dermot Byrne, this gig promises to be a truly memorable Festival night.

Tracy Bruen is something of a modern day Renaissance woman. Singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, band leader, theatre director and actor, her music blends and bends folk, prog roots and pop with classical and theatrical influences to create epic compositions of power and vulnerability.

UK indie rock band The Wedding Present celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their seminal album Tommy. Founded in 1985 in Leeds, they quickly gained a reputation for bittersweet, breathtakingly honest love songs immersed in whirlwind guitars. They have found renewed international acclaim due to recent tours of Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Thursday 26 July, 5.30pm & 8.30pm Tickets €18–€20 Standing. 8.30pm show is over 18

Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Monday 16 July, 9pm Tickets €20 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Wednesday 25 July, 8.30pm Tickets €10–€12.50 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Sunday 29 July, 9pm Tickets €30 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

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Music | Ireland | England | USA

Music | Mali

Traditional Music Showcases

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Conor Connolly [accordion] Ronan Flaherty [fiddle] & Brian McGrath [piano, banjo] Thursday 19 July, 1pm Manus Maguire [fiddle] & Gary O’Briain [mandocello, guitar] Friday 20 July, 1pm Jesse Smith [fiddle] & Sean Gavin [uilleann pipes, flute] Saturday 21 July, 1pm

The Traditional Music Showcases bring together some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, many of whom are joining forces especially for these Festival concerts. All of the concerts in this lunchtime series take place in Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street. All leading exponents of their respective instruments, the Festival’s Traditional Music Showcases are a little bit of musical magic to kick off your Festival day.

DEIRBHILE NI BHROLCHÁIN

Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin with Steve Johnston [guitar] and friends Sunday 22 July, 1pm Backwest Thursday 26 July, 1pm The Invisible Jug Band Friday 27 July, 1pm Jason O’Rourke [concertina] Teresa Clarke [fiddle] & Michael Sands [guitar] Saturday 28 July, 1pm

‘An extraordinary show. Joyous mix of Afropop and desert blues.’ THE GUARDIAN

Traditional Music Showcases Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Tickets €10

The McCarthy Family The McCarthy Family feature Jacqueline [concertina], Marion [uilleann pipes and whistle], Bernadette [fiddle and piano] and Tommy Junior [fiddle] who were all born in London to Irish parents who had emigrated to England from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s. With their late father Tommy, the renowned pipes and fiddle player, they performed extensively throughout Ireland and the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, London. Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Thursday 19 July, 9pm Tickets €20 5 0 G A L WAY I N T E R N AT I O N A L A R T S F E S T I VA L

Amadou & Mariam

World music superstars, Amadou & Mariam bring their unique mix of Malian pop and Hendrix–flavored blues–rock to the Festival Big Top stage for their only Irish performance this year. The Bamako–born husband and wife have risen through the African and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Keys, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Scissor Sisters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Damon Albarn. Recordings such as Dimanche A Bamako [Manu Chao, producer]; Welcome to Mali, and Folila broadened Amadou & Mariam’s international appeal by introducing African soul to electro–pop, art– rock and hip–hop. Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia have toured the world for over 30 years, with their ‘spine–tingling harmonies that make the music soar’ [Spin], played the main stage at Glastonbury, supported Blur at Hyde Park and performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in honour of Barack Obama. Their latest album La Confusion sees Mali’s most popular artists return to stake their claim as two of Africa’s most successful musical ambassadors of the 21st century.

Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field Wednesday 18 July Tickets €27–€30 Seated Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

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Visual Arts | Scotland

Festival Commission

David Mach Rock ‘n’ Roll

Festival Gallery Market Street 16–29 July, 11am–6pm Late opening to 8pm Thursday–Saturday Free Backstage at the Festival 18 July, 2pm Gallery talk with the artist

Galway International Arts Festival has commissioned the Turner Prize–nominated artist David Mach to create one of his gargantuan newspaper installations, just the second of its kind in 15 years. Exploding through the gallery walls and floor like a wave of paper, engulfing numerous objects in its wake, this large–scale installation will create an organic volume of colour and texture, characteristic of the artist’s work. Mach’s previous installations have featured objects such as cars, furniture and aeroplanes including Incoming, pictured here, which was exhibited at the Griffin Gallery, London last year. Mach’s sensational 2012 GIAF exhibition Precious Light which featured the enormous crucifixion sculpture Golgotha, made from steel and wire coat hangers, enjoyed a record–breaking audience of over 30,000 visitors in 15 days. A number of additional sculptures and collages will also be exhibited.

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Visual Arts | Ireland

Visual Arts | England

Deirdre O’Mahony

Sarah Hickson

Speculative Optimism O’Donoghue Centre NUI Galway 16–29 July, 11am–6pm Late opening to 8pm Thursday–Saturday Free

Sounds Unseen

Speculative Optimism is the title of the essay film Deirdre O’Mahony produced from research she conducted while artist– in–residence at the University of Reading Museum of English Rural Life in 2017. Her research began with the proposition: is ‘carbon–neutral’ beef possible? Agricultural research at the University tested the effect of different kinds of forage on animal and soil health and on levels of methane produced by livestock. Shot in the Museum’s archives, on Reading University Farm, and a farm specialising in the production of heritage seed varieties, this project investigated historical references to forages like Sainfoin and the Museum’s extensive collection of films produced to promote agricultural efficiency. Deirdre O’Mahony’s work is grounded in collaborative engagements with different rural publics and contexts. Public art projects include X–PO, a defunct rural post–office, re–imagined as a social and cultural public exchange space.

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PHOTO: TOM FLANAGAN

A Photographic Memoir of The Calais Sessions Between December 2015 and May 2016, photographer Sarah Hickson made a number of visits to the temporary refugee camps of Northern France to photograph ‘The Calais Sessions’ – a live music project among musicians living in the UK, the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais and the Grande–Synthe in Dunkirk. For the refugees she met, ‘The Calais Sessions’ provided a welcome opportunity to tell their stories, to play and share the music from their homelands, or to pick up an instrument and join with other musicians. Sounds Unseen: A Photographic Memoir of The Calais Sessions chronicles the evolution of this remarkable collaboration and celebrates a vital human connection forged through the common voice of music. The exhibit Sounds Unseen was commissioned and produced by St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York.

PHOTO: SARAH HICKSON

Festival Gallery Market Street 16–29 July, 11am–6pm Late opening to 8pm Thursday–Saturday Free

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Visual Arts | Ireland | England | Spain

Visual Arts | Ireland

Jennifer Cunningham After the Future IMAGE: HOTEL BY JENNIFER CUNNINGHAM PHOTO: JENNIFER CUNNINGHAM

Jennifer Cunningham is a visual artist who works in a wide range of media. For this exhibition the artist has developed a body of work investigating the ways in which modern realms of collective pleasure decay. Abandoned fairgrounds, overgrown glass houses, untended car parks, ghostly figures and derelict hotels all hint at recent economic struggles but also suggest the cycle of change and renewal in which places become spaces and vice versa. Festival Gallery Market Street 16–29 July, 11am–6pm Late opening to 8pm Thursday–Saturday Free

Impressions Printmaking Beyond the Frame Impressions highlights the varying aspects of contemporary printmaking. As traditional boundaries are pushed and explored, artists known for their new and innovative approaches demonstrate advanced technologies of 3D printing and inkjet, alongside traditional processes.

Centre For The Creative Arts & Media Cluain Mhuire, GMIT, Monivea Road 16–29 July, 11am–6pm Free

IMAGE: MEMENTO MORI BY ANDREW FOLAN

Galway Arts Centre and Galway International Arts Festival

Domestic Godless

Following the publication of their book of the same name, Cork–based collective The Domestic Godless return to the Galway Arts Centre to inhabit the space for two weeks, exposing their irreverent attitude to contemporary food culture as visual artists. Their occupation of the building will include slide shows, menus, sculptures and a custom– built kitchen. Further to the exhibition, they will host a number of talks, complete with taster–samples of both their classic and more recent preparations including; the 14–allergen layer cake, a guide to post– industrial foraging and aperitifs designed to combat predatory sexual behaviour in intoxicated males. Commissioned by Crawford Art Gallery and supported by the Arts Council Touring Award.

Galway Arts Centre 47 Dominick Street Lower 16–29 July, 10am–5pm Free

PHOTO: ANDREW FOLAN

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Visual Arts | Ireland | Russia

Visual Arts | Ireland | England

Art of Protest In the Art of Protest, artist and curator Dean Kelly has brought together a number of contemporary Irish and Irish based artists who have made social commentary, satire, political narrative, street art or campaigning graphics important, or even central, parts of their artistic output. The show includes Brian Maguire’s extraordinary haunting imagery of war– devastated Aleppo and also features the work of Robert Ballagh, Jim Fitzpatrick, Áine Phillips, Ruby Wallace and Dolores Lyne amongst others. Kenny Gallery Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road 16–28 July, 9am–5pm Closed Sunday 22 July I M AG E : WA R C H A N G E S I T S A D D R E S S , A L E P P O 2 0 1 8 – P H OTO : B R I A N M AG U I R E

Ronnie Hughes and Evgeniya Martirosyan Outflow Hughes’ elegant and poised works are executed with complex technical skill, yet retain a lightness of touch. While his finished paintings display a diversity of styles, at heart they share a common concern with the lived experience, and what Hughes has described as ‘the beauty, the fragility and the violence of being.’ Martirosyan’s current body of work stems from her interest in modern science and philosophy and represents an intuitive response to concepts of time, matter, chaos and transformation. Curated by Stephan Roche. 126, St. Bridget’s Place, Woodquay 16–29 July, 11am–6pm. Free 5 8 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

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Ghost Chapel Off the Connemara coast, a 6th–century cyclopean stone chapel clings to an uninhabited island known as St. MacDara. On the 16th of July each year [the opening day of GIAF 2018], a pilgrimage is made to the island on a flotilla of boats for a celebration of mass and the blessing of boats. Working within Niall McLaughlin’s and Michiko Sumi’s Unit 17 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, students constructed Ghost Chapel, a web–like structural negative of the existing St. MacDara’s Chapel, solidifying the gaps of the drystone construction whilst letting light fill the space where the stones should be. Ghost Chapel will sit on Galway’s famous Claddagh Basin with the accompanying exhibition Taking Time on show within the Festival Hub at the Festival Gallery. IMAGE: GHOST CHAPEL

Claddagh Basin 16–29 July, 11am–10pm Free Backstage at the Festival 22 July, 2pm Gallery talk with Niall McLaughlin, architect Festival Gallery, Market Street

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First Thought Talks | Ireland

First Thought Talks | Ireland | England | Scotland Catherine Corless is the local historian who painstakingly researched infant mortality in the Tuam and Bessborough Mother and Baby Homes, which ultimately led to the establishment of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, the work of which is ongoing. She will be in conversation with Catriona Crowe on her work, and what work remains to be done. Professor Diarmaid Ferriter will provide a historical context.

Mother and Baby Homes

Home

President Michael D. Higgins Aula Maxima NUI Galway Saturday 21 July, 10am Free with ticket from Box office

Michael D. Higgins has been President of Ireland since 2011, and is one of the most popular presidents in the history of the state. A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, he has previously served at almost every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht. He has addressed all of the significant international assemblies, including the United Nations, and with his wife Sabina Higgins, has made Áras an Uachtaráin a welcoming environment for all sections of Irish society. The President will launch the First Thought Talks strand of Galway International Arts Festival with a meditation on the idea of Home, the animating theme of this year.

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Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Saturday 21 July, 11.30am Tickets €10

Slave to the Algorithm

Cyberhomes

The rise of the algorithm and its influence on our lives has come strongly into focus in the light of recent research. From helping reaffirming our biases whether we are left wing, right wing or just plain extreme, to identifying the perfect match, the role of the algorithm in our lives has ignited a worldwide debate on the structures underpinning our online choices. But how much do we really understand? Professor Mathieu D’Aquin NUI Galway will enlighten us, and author Lucy McDiarmid will read from her memoir on online dating. Chair: Natalie Harrower, Digital Repository of Ireland.

At home on social media, a comfortable home for our money in Bitcoin and a safe home for all our personal details? Recent revelations about Facebook as a tool for political and advertising propaganda, the phenomenon of Wikileaks and the revelations of Edward Snowden have woken many of us up to the realities of online where it turns out that we ourselves are often the product. Learn more about the perils of social media, the potential dangers of Bitcoin and just who might be looking at your data from two well– known novelists, and eminent writers on these subjects, Andrew O’Hagan and John Lanchester.

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Saturday 21 July, 1pm Tickets €10

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First Thought Talks | Ireland

First Thought Talks | Ireland

The Living Lands

Housing Crisis

Why can’t Ireland Solve its Housing Crisis?

‘Where the land ends with a sheer drop You can see three stepping stones out of Europe.’

Our governments, although constantly implementing new initiatives, do not seem to be able to tackle the problem with any effectiveness. The social consequences and human suffering arising from this issue make it an emergency requiring immediate progress. What do we need to do to make that happen? A panel of expert speakers will talk about the different aspects of a complex problem with a view to generating light rather than heat: Diarmaid Ferriter, UCD; Niamh Hourigan, UCC; Frank MacDonald, author; and Niamh Randall, Simon. Chair: David McCullough, RTÉ.

SEAMUS HEANEY

The islands of Ireland have exercised a mythical hold on the country’s imagination since the Gaelic revival. Somehow island people were the most ‘Irish’ of all. Author and historian Diarmaid Ferriter delves into the real lives of islanders in his forthcoming book on the islands of Ireland in the 20th century and reveals stories, patterns and new perspectives not seen before. Chair: Gearoid O’Tuathaigh, Professor Emeritus in History NUI Galway. Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Sunday 22 July, 10am Tickets €10

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Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Saturday 21 July, 4pm Tickets €10

Institutional Homes

The Fictional Home Sebastian Barry

Mental illness continues to take its toll on Irish people as we move from the highly populated mental hospitals [lunatic asylums as they were called in the 19th century], of the past to a place where treatments are better but facilities are scarce. Professor Brendan Kelly, psychiatrist and author of the definitive history of mental illness treatment in Ireland, Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland, will talk about his research into Irish mental health. Chair: Alice Mauger, the author of The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth–Century Ireland: Public, Voluntary and Private Asylum Care.

Sebastian Barry, Ireland’s Laureate for Fiction, has created many homes in his novels, ranging from Annie Dunne’s home, to the mental hospital in The Secret Scripture to the battlefields in Days Without End to the Dublin tenements in A Long Long Way. He will discuss these fictional dwellings and their relationships to real places, and read relevant passages from the novels. In conversation with Catriona Crowe, Curator of First Thought Talks.

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Saturday 21 July, 6pm Tickets €10

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Saturday 21 July, 8pm Tickets €10

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The Skelligs ‘The Skelligs are pinnacled, crocketed, spired, arched, caverned, minaretted;… I tell you the thing does not belong to any world that you and I have lived and worked in: it is part of our dream world.’

When All Is Ruin Once Again ‘Ballyphallus, Yeats’s phallic symbol on the bogs.’

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Edward Bourke, OPW archaeologist on the Skelligs 1993 to 2003, on life in the Beehive huts, the strategic importance of the Skelligs monastery, and the lives of later inhabitants of the islands, such as lighthouse keepers and archaeologists. And Star Wars... Chair: Catriona Crowe, Curator of First Thought Talks.

Thoor Ballylee, the Hiberno–Norman towerhouse near Gort in Galway, bought by WB Yeats in 1917 for his new wife George Hyde– Lees, was where Yeats wrote some of his best work. He wrote of it: ‘Everything is so beautiful that to go elsewhere is to leave beauty behind.’ Professor Roy Foster, acclaimed biographer of Yeats, will talk about his favourite dwelling. Chair: Dr, Adrian Paterson, NUI Galway.

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Sunday 22 July, 11.30am Tickets €10

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First Thought Talks | Ireland

First Thought Talks | Ireland | England | Scotland

Memories of Home Poetry can often capture vivid apprehensions of dwellings and other locations, as well as abstract ideas like home, better than prose. Four of our finest female poets will discuss the theme of home and homes and read from their work on the topic. They are Paula Meehan, Vona Groarke, Martina Evans and Rita Ann Higgins. Chair: Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland.

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Sunday 22 July, 2.30pm Tickets €10

Blackbird

A Memory of Seamus Heaney Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Sunday 22 July, 7pm Tickets €10 S E A M U S H E A N E Y, K A R L M I L L E R A N D A N D R E W O ’ H A G A N

PAUL A MEEHAN

PHOTO: JEREMY SUTTON–HIBBERT

Between 2008 and the poet’s death in 2013, Andrew O’Hagan and Karl Miller, the founder of the London Review of Books, made trips to Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland — including a famous trip to the Aran Islands — with their friend Seamus Heaney. Andrew O’Hagan will deliver, for the first time in Ireland, a talk on those travels, on memory and friendship, and a shared love of poems. Chair: Roy Foster, historian, Yeats biographer and currently writing a book about Seamus Heaney.

Europe’s Fault Lines

What is Happening to our European Home?

The Vibrant House

Home Is Where You Start From

Lucy McDiarmid, Editor of The Vibrant House, a collection of essays, poems and images of Irish writers’ concepts and memories of home, explores poems by Paula Meehan and Vona Groarke with a direct bearing on homes they have lived in. The two poets will read relevant poems. Chair: Maureen Kennelly, Poetry Ireland.

Theo Dorgan, poet, novelist, travel writer and broadcaster grew up in a working–class house in Cork City with a family of thirteen. He has written a luminous essay about the house and his relationship to it, which appears in The Vibrant House, edited by Lucy McDiarmid and Rhona Richman Kenneally. He will talk about the house, its inhabitants, and the effect of these experiences on his writing. Chair: Dr. Sarah–Anne Buckley, NUI Galway.

Liz Fekete is the Director of the Institute of Race Relations where she has worked for the last thirty years. She writes and speaks extensively on aspects of contemporary racism, refugee rights, far–right extremism and Islamophobia across Europe. An expansive investigation of the ways in which a newly–configured right interconnects with anti–democratic and illiberal forces at the level of the state, her new book Europe’s Fault Lines provides much–needed answers, revealing some uncomfortable truths. Chair: Dave O’Connell, Journalist.

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Sunday 22 July, 4pm Tickets €10

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Sunday 22 July, 5.30pm Tickets €10

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Sunday 22 July, 8.30pm Tickets €10

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First Thought Talks | Ireland | Czech Republic | England

First Thought Talks | Ireland | USA

An Unimaginable Home

Grow Your Own Home

Tomi Reichental was born in 1935 in Czechoslovakia. He was sent to Bergen–Belsen concentration camp in 1944. He has lived in Dublin since 1959 and regularly talks to Irish schools about his wartime experiences. A documentary about Tomi’s attempts to meet one of his jailers, Close to Evil, has been shown on TV and in cinemas throughout the world and helped again to raise the profile of the Holocaust. He will be in conversation with Saul Woolfson, a human rights lawyer with a long– term interest in Irish–Jewish identity.

TED Fellow, architect and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco–friendly abodes grown from plants and — wait for it — meat. Joachim is the founder of the non–profit green design group Terreform and a leader in the ‘urbaneering’ movement, which invites communities to participate in urban design projects. He will be joined in conversation with Frank Monagan, Architecture at the Edge. Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Saturday 28 July, 6pm Tickets €10

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Saturday 28 July, 2pm Tickets €10

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I M AG E : TO M I R E I C H E N TA L [ L E F T ]

The Calais Camps Photographer Sarah Hickson made a number of visits to the Calais Camps in France to document a unique music project organised by cellist Vanessa Lucas–Smith who wanted to show a different side of the camp. The result was the album The Calais Sessions and Hickson’s exhibition Sounds Unseen. Sarah Hickson will discuss her time in the ‘Jungle’, an illegal home for 10,000 refugees which was disbanded in 2016. Chair: Judy Murphy, journalist.

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Saturday 28 July, 4pm Tickets €10 PHOTO: SARAH HICKSON

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Druid Debuts

Vinyl Hours

It’s not theatre until someone’s watching… Druid Debuts staged readings offer the chance to experience work fresh off the page and to share an open discussion with the writer, director and cast. It is a chance to see and shape new Irish work. Many readings have gone on to full productions including Furniture by Sonya Kelly and Shelter by Cristín Kehoe, both at GIAF this year. You never know what you’ll see! Full details online from 18 June.

Festival artists reveal their most treasured vinyl memories at the Festival Garden. Join Tiernan Henry in conversation with special guests who play and speak about their favourite albums and what stirs within them, fun, heartbreak and revolution. From teenage kicks to first loves and musical idolatry to rock and roll, spend an hour on an aural journey of classical vinyl records.

The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane 20 & 27 July, 12noon Tickets €7

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Comedy | England | Ireland

Terry Alderton

‘Comedy thrill of a lifetime’ THE SCOTSMAN

Seamlessly blending reality and fantasy, Terry Alderton: The Musical takes you on a wild ride. The award–winning comedian presents an action–packed show packed with songs, jokes and impressions. Expect the unexpected, as, in Terry’s unique and singular style, nothing is ever quite as it seems.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Saturday 28 July, 8:30pm €14–€16, ages 18+ Limited unreserved seating

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Laughter Loft

‘Wicked comic timing’

‘A true festival gem.’

with MC Gerry Mallon

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THE IRISH TIMES

This award–winning Irish comedian has just finished the ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fest’ Australian tour. Heralded as ‘uproariously funny’ by the Sunday Independent, no topic is safe as he tackles everything from religion to hangry hangovers with perfectly wicked comic timing.

Intimate festival comedy at its best. Enjoy the comedy styling of top acts including: Foil Arms and Hog, Neil Delamere, Alison Spittle, Colm O Regan, Karl Spain and David McSavage, all under the tutelage of MC Gerry Mallon. Check online for daily schedule.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Monday 16 July, 8:30pm €12–€10, ages 18+ Limited unreserved seating

The Ruby Room, The King’s Head 16–29 July, 1pm [Doors 12.30pm] €12.50 Available on the door only

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Theatre partners of: The Abbey Theatre Druid Theatre Galway International Arts Festival

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Booking, Information & Festival Club

Festival Venues

How To Book Online: www.giaf.ie Phone: +353 91 566577 from 18 June In person: from 18 June at Galway International Arts Festival Box Office Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street, Galway, Ireland Opening hours: 18 June–7 July: Monday – Saturday 10am–5pm 9–28 July: Monday – Saturday 10am–5.45pm Sunday 22 July: 1pm–5pm Festival Kiosk, Eyre Square, 16–29 July, 11am–9pm Group Discounts Discounts available for most shows to groups of 10+. Email: groups@giaf.ie or contact the Box Office for details. Friends of the Festival Friends Priority Booking from 17 May. To become a Friend of the Festival phone Aisling O’Sullivan at +35391 509700 or email: friends@giaf.ie Gift Vouchers Available at giaf.ie or +35391 509700 or from GIAF Box Office Administration Charges Online bookings are subject to administration charges. Bookings in person at the Festival Box Office are not subject to administration charges. See giaf.ie for full details. Special Assistance & Venue Accessibility Please let us know of any special needs or seating requirements at the time of booking. GIAF endeavours to ensure that all Festival venues are fully accessible where possible,

however a number of partner venues have restricted access including Monroe’s Live, Ruby Room, The King’s Head, Galway Arts Centre and Electric. Concessions Concessions are available in person for senior citizens, unwaged and full–time students with appropriate ID. Children’s tickets, where available, are for those aged 15 and under. Refunds Galway International Arts Festival has a no refund or exchange policy on all tickets purchased. Please Arrive on Time Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the show time. Allow time for traffic and parking. Latecomers may only be admitted at the discretion of management. Programme Changes 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 our website or social media for updates. Festival Merchandise Available from Festival Hub, Market Street, Festival Box Office, Forster Street or online at giaf.ie Festival Hub and Festival Ambassadors Festival Hub, Festival Gallery, Market Street, Galway from 16 July. Catch our Festival Ambassadors in the city centre who are happy to help with any queries.

Festival Club Enjoy a cocktail on the deck of the waterside Festival Club with spectacular views of the Festival Big Top under the midnight sky. As artists rub shoulders with audiences, and DJs spin your favourite sounds late into the night, what more could one want to bring a perfect Festival day to a close. Festival Club, Galway Rowing Club, Woodquay 17–29 July 10.30pm Entry with same day Festival ticket or Club Members. Subject to house rules and capacity. 74 G A L WAY I N T E R N AT I O N A L A R T S F E S T I VA L

1 Heineken Big Top Fisheries Field 2 Festival Box Office Forster Street 3 Town Hall Theatre Courthouse Square 4 Black Box Theatre Dyke Road 5 Mick Lally Theatre Druid Lane 6 Festival Club Waterside 7 Nun’s Island Theatre Nun’s Island 8 Waterside Woodquay 9 St Nicholas’ Church Lombard Street 10 An Taibhdhearc Middle Street 11 Cluain Mhuire GMIT, Monivea Road 12 Róisín Dubh Dominick Street 13 Monroe’s Live Dominick Street 14 The King‘s Head High Street 15 Spanish Arch Spanish Parade

16 Festival Gallery & Hub Market Street 17 Eyre Square 18 Galway Arts Centre 47 Dominick Street 19 Electric Abbeygate Street 20 Claddagh Basin Claddagh 21 Festival Kiosk Eyre Square 22 126 Gallery St Bridget’s Place, Woodquay 23 Aula Maxima NUI Galway 24 Bank of Ireland Theatre NUI Galway 25 O’Donoghue Centre and Theatre NUI Galway 26 Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway 27 Festival Garden Eyre Square 28 Kenny Gallery Líosbán, Tuam Road 29 The Galmont Hotel Lough Atalia Road 30 Human Biology Building NUI Galway #GIAF18 75


FESTIVAL DIARY 2018 EVENT Festival Garden

T H E AT R E , O P E R A & C I R C U S  

PAGE VENUE 1

PREVIEWS

MON 16

TUE 17

WED 18

THURS 19

FRI 20

SAT 21

SUN 22

12noon–10pm

12noon–10pm

12noon–10pm

12noon–10pm

12noon–10pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

2pm & 7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

2pm & 7pm

7pm

2pm & 7pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

Eyre Square

Incantata

4–5

Town Hall Theatre

Backbone

6–7

Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

The Fall

8–9

Black Box Theatre

Furniture

10

Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane

12 & 14 July

Shelter

11

Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane

13 & 14 July

8pm

S P E C TAC L E & ST R E E T A RT  

MON 23

5pm & 8pm 3pm & 8pm

Town Hall Theatre

8pm

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

14–15

Black Box Theatre

7pm

Humans

16–17

Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

Flight

18–19

O'Donoghue Theatre, NUI Galway Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway

Office 33A

21

O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway

Baoite

22

An Taibhdhearc

Class

23

An Taibhdhearc

Cloud Study

24

Festival Gallery

Wit

24

Nun's Island Theatre

Port Authority

25

Nun's Island Theatre

The People Build

26

Eyre Square | Waterside

Museum of the Moon

27

Human Biology Building, NUI Galway

Miracoco Luminarium

28

Eyre Square

Birdmen

29

Eyre Square to Spanish Arch

Caribou

30–31 32

Róisín Dubh

The Olllam

32

Róisín Dubh

The Lost Brothers

32

Monroe's Live

Gavin James

33

Heineken Big Top

34–35

Heineken Big Top

Camille O'Sullivan

36

Monroe's Live

Beardyman & Kevin Rowland

36

Monroe's Live

China National Traditional Orchestra

37

The Galmont Concert Hall

Continuing Traditions

37

St. Nicholas' Church

We Are Scientists

38

Róisín Dubh

And So I Watch You From Afar

38

Róisín Dubh

Mongoose

38

Róisín Dubh

Sharon Shannon & Band

39

Monroe's Live

Reddy, Slow Skies & Kelly

39

Róisín Dubh

Le Boom & LUMO

39

Róisín Dubh

The Flaming Lips | Le Galaxie

40–41

12–14 July

14 July

12.45pm–9pm

12.45pm–9pm

12.45pm–9pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–6pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

2pm & 7.30pm

7.30pm & 9pm

9pm

FRI 27

Heineken Big Top

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SAT 28

C O M E DY

SUN 29

6pm & 9pm

5pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

5pm

8pm

3pm & 8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

7pm

7pm

2pm & 7pm

7pm

2pm & 7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

12.45pm–9pm

7pm

12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm

1pm–7pm

1pm–7pm

1pm–7pm

12noon–8pm

12noon–8pm

12noon–8pm

12noon–8pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–6pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

6pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

8pm

2pm & 8pm

8pm

11am–4pm

11am–4pm

3pm & 6pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–6pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–8pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–6pm

11am–8pm

7.30pm & 10pm 7.30pm & 10pm 2pm, 4pm & 6pm

Heineken Big Top

All Our Exes Live in Texas

Madness

6pm–9pm

THURS 26

6pm & 9pm

12–13

20

WED 25

VISUAL ARTS 

12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm

Orfeo ed Euridice

Gardens Speak

TUES 24

MUSIC 

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MON 16

TUE 17

WED 18

THURS 19

Marco | Muller & Wandt | Gash

42

Electric

Lerosa | HOLOVR & lastminuteman

42

Electric

New Jackson | Redsetta

42

Electric

Moodymann & Intergalactic G | Sync 24 & O'Neill

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Electric

The Stunning | The Academic

43

Heineken Big Top

Thank You For The Music

43

Festival Club, Galway Rowing Club

Paddy Hanna & Sinead White

44

Róisín Dubh

Something Happens

44

Róisín Dubh

Jerry Dammers

44

Monroe's Live

Walking on Cars

45

Heineken Big Top

Kodaline

45

Heineken Big Top

RTÉ CO Festival Proms

46

Heineken Big Top

2FM Live, Jenny Greene & RTÉ CO

47

Heineken Big Top

Seamus Fogarty & Junior Brother

48

Róisín Dubh

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

48

Róisín Dubh

Liam Ó Maonlaí & Brendan O'Regan

48

Monroe's Live

Moffat & Hubbert | Smith | Wilson

49

Róisín Dubh

Tracy Bruen

49

Róisín Dubh

The Wedding Present

49

Monroe's Live

Traditional Music Showcases

50

Monroe's Live

1pm

The McCarthy Family

50

Monroe's Live

9pm

Amadou & Mariam

51

Heineken Big Top

David Mach

52–53

FRI 20

SAT 21

SUN 22

S P E C TAC L E & ST R E E T A RT  

MON 23

TUES 24

WED 25

MUSIC 

VISUAL ARTS 

THURS 26

FRI 27

TA L KS 

SAT 28

C O M E DY

SUN 29

11pm 11pm 11pm 10pm 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 11pm 8pm 8pm 2pm 8pm 8.30pm 5.30pm & 8.30pm 9pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9pm 1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

1pm

8pm

Festival Gallery

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Sarah Hickson

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Jennifer Cunningham

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Impressions

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Cluain Mhuire

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Domestic Godless

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Galway Arts Centre

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The Art of Protest

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Kenny Gallery

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126 Gallery

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First Thought Talks Vinyl Hours

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Druid Debuts

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Mick Lally Theatre

Terry Alderton

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Róisín Dubh

Danny O’Brien

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Róisín Dubh

Laughter Loft

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