Galway Arts Festival

Galway Arts Festival - a stunning showcase of arts

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It's been a summer like no other ... but now the time is right to add some extraordinary. Galway International Arts Festival have announced their 2021 programme: from 28th August to 18th September in Galway city and county. Indoors and outdoors, in person and online, all with your safety in mind.

See a full list of events here. Use Promo Code 'GIAFHOTEL2021' to avail 10% discount on full price tickets.

See below some exciting Visual Art installstion that will surely ignite the imagination of everyone - young and old.

Mirror Pavilion

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard was commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

The Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with
 three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. Mirror Pavilion premiered during Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 with Corn Work at the Claddagh Quay in Galway. This year, Mirror Pavilion will host a new artwork, Leaf Work, which will unfold on the LED screen presented in the spectacular 4,000–year–old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara throughout Galway International Arts Festival 2021



Considered one of the leading painters of his generation, his paintings frequently combine rich, expressionist colours and textures, verging on the abstract, when addressing a particular event or history. Night Cargo brings together a group of new and related paintings. Elevate is Galway International Arts Festival’s new commissioning/bursary strand to support Irish artists, and artists based in Ireland, as they create and present original, contemporary and captivating ideas to engage both live and digital audiences.

Elevate aims to foster new and innovative projects that may not otherwise be realised. These bursaries were awarded to artists to assist them in further developing their work, exploring their craft and creative practices and transforming their ideas into realised works of art.



‘I can take back my things, but I can’t retrieve everything. When these rooms are empty, my presence and my absence will still be here.’’

Combining dance, physical theatre, music and poetry, After Love, is a powerful exploration of the end of a long–term relationship. Based on a debut poetry collection by Dani Gill, this new dance show charts what we carry within us, the presence of another that lingers long after that person is gone. Dance and poetry fuse in a visually stunning premiere with an original musical score from Anna Mullarkey and Adrian Harte, After Love promises to be an original, haunting and evocative new dance work, rooted in the west of Ireland.

Tickets on sale Friday 16 July, 10am.



Broken Vessels is a site specific, international collaborative arts project curated by South African artist Brent Meistre.

Situated in the unique environs at Interface, a visual artists’ workspace in the Inagh Valley, three Irish and three South African artists will collaborate to respond to structures located at this former salmon hatchery. The six artists will engage with themes of containment, displacement and rebuilding across a range of practices, largely focusing on the moving image and sound art. The Irish artists are Louise Manifold, Anne Marie Deacy and Noelle Gallagher with Christine Dixie, Lesego Rampolokeng and Monique Pelser from South Africa.



A wonderful fusion of sound, dance and image!

This live multimedia performance presents renowned choir Resurgam, Luminosa Orchestra, cellist Adrian Mantu, accordionist Dermot Dunne, pan–flutist Iulian Puşcă, organist Raymond O’Donnell, dancer & choreographer Jérémie Cyr–Cooke, and visual artist Mihai Cucu.

A wonderful fusion of sound, dance and image, e–Motions brings audiences on a memorable journey, facilitated by a variety of deep and powerful music which includes works by Irish composers Raymond Deane, Joan Trimble, Jane O’Leary and Ina Boyle as well as the thrilling Stabat Mater of Knut Nysted.