Galway Film Fleadh

The Galway Film Fleadh – Ireland’s leading film festival, is a six day international event held every July. Very much a film lovers’ festival the Fleadh attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and film-artists of all types. Visit their website to see whats in store for the 2016 festival.

Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival has been connecting audiences and artists for over 38 years. Founded in 1978, it has grown into an event with a major reputation where, in 2015, there were 200,000 attendances at 365 performances, talks and exhibitions in 26 venues over 14 days.

The Festival has contributed massively to placing Galway firmly on the map, as both a key cultural centre for the arts and a cultural tourism destination. Dates for the 2016 festival are to be announced (16th - 22nd July 2016 (TBC))

Galway International Oyster Festival

The festival is held on the last weekend in September to celebrate Galway’s rich annual oyster harvest (in season from September – April). It is a 4 day programme of fantastic events which take place at  Spanish Arch, in Galway.  Growing ever since, The Irish and World Oyster Opening or ‘shucking’ Championships are held during the Irish food festival, as well as top class entertainment, street parades, seafood trails, celebrated hospitality, the start of many new friendships, flowing champagne and of course, rich, creamy Irish stout.

An Taibhdhearc

Located on Middle Street, in Galway city centre. The national Irish speaking theatre, An Taibhdhearc, (pronounced ‘Taiv-yark’) is located on Middle street in the heart of the city. Check the website to see upcoming productions.

Town Hall Theatre

The Town Hall Theatre is a state of the art 400-seater main auditorium and the 52-seater studio space at Courthouse Square, in Galway City Centre. The theatre attracts audiences in excess of 100,000 annually (close to 2 million since re-opening in 1995) making it the most successful theatre of its size in Ireland. Each year, the venue is the epicentre of activity for virtually all of Galway's key festivals and cultural events including Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Cuirt Festival of Literature, Baboro Children's Festival and Galway Comedy Festival to name but a few.

Druid Theatre Company

Druid was founded in Galway in 1975 by graduates of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Garry Hynes, Mick Lally (1945 – 2010) and Marie Mullen – the first professional theatre company in Ireland outside Dublin. Since 1979, the company has had its own theatre on Druid Lane in Galway. The theatre is the birthplace of all their work and continues to serve as a facility for the promotion and development of the arts in Galway. Druid productions have won over 50 awards in Ireland, and internationally, including four Tony Awards for the company’s world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

 Trad on the Prom celebrates the passion of Ireland’s past with a contemporary production, featuring world class music, song and dance derived from the pulsating energy that has survived from the dawn of Celtic mysticism to become the record breaking phenomenon it is today.