Galway European City of Culture 2020

Join us in Galway and experience the Arts & Culture of the West of Ireland

Galway International Arts Festival

A creative collision of artists, musicians, actors, writers, performers

The Connacht Hotel


Galway Film Fleadh

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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 next festival.

Galway Arts Festival

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Founded in 1978, the Galway International Arts Festival has grown into an event with a major reputation placing Galway firmly on the map, as both a key cultural centre for the arts and a cultural tourism destination. See whats in store for next year.

Galway Oyster Festival

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The festival is held on the last weekend in September to celebrate Galway’s rich annual oyster harvest. It is a 4 day programme of top class entertainment, street parades, seafood trails, and of course, rich, creamy Irish stout.

Galway 2020 - European Capital of Culture

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In 2020, Galway City and County will host hundreds of events throughout the year, with the aim of empowering communities to unite through culture, to create something amazing. Above all, it’s going to be a year of fun, exhilarating experiences and making life transforming connections.

Whether you’re visiting or a resident here, experiencing Galway throughout 2020 will offer an enriching, fun-filled and life-changing experience.

An Taibhdhearc

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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

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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. Check the website to see upcoming productions.

Druid Theatre Company

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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. Check the website to see upcoming productions.

Trad on the Prom

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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. Check the website to see this year's scheduled productions.


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Based in Galway on Ireland’s West Coast, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. Baboró works with venues across the country in order to increase access to the arts for children, and to showcase visiting companies’ work.

The Claddagh Ring

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The Claddagh ring has become iconic the world over thanks to the spread of the Irish across the globe. Delve into the history and lore of this iconic ring at the Legend of the Claddagh Ring museum and visitor centre, where you can learn where the ring first came from and what it has come to represent.