Galway Arts Festival

Galway Arts Festival - a stunning showcase of arts

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The Galway Arts Festival is an annual celebration of arts, culture, entertainment, and more is one of the brightest highlights of the year.

Featuring international acts, local artists, phenomenal writers, and captivating performers, it’s a melting pot of creativity that’s sure to spellbind you.


2024 Galway International Arts Festival kicks off from the 15th - 28th July.


Discover What's On at the Galway International Arts Festival!

Get ready for an exciting lineup at the Heineken Big Top 2024, with the following acts already confirmed:

  • Passenger - July 15, 2024
  • KETTAMA - July 25, 2024
  • Kneecap - July 18, 2024
  • Block Rockin Beats - July 20, 2024
  • Jess Glynne - July 24, 2024
  • Gavin James - July 26, 2024
  • The Saw Doctors - July 27-28, 2024

Don't miss out on this extraordinary event! Book your stay at The Connacht Hotel. now and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Galway International Arts Festival.


As ever, the Galway International Arts Festival is going to be full of amazing theatre productions, and you’ll be able to grab front-row tickets to any show you fancy. There is so much more theatre to enjoy across the two weeks of the festival, so make sure you check out the listings to see what piques your interests.


It wouldn’t be the Galway International Arts Festival without a few belly-aching laughs. A whole host of stand-up comedians are set to dish out their fair share of cracking jokes throughout the two weeks, and it’s sure to be a hilarious time for anyone who snags a ticket or two.

Visual Arts

Bring your mind to a different level with one of the many visual arts shows and exhibitions during the Galway International Arts Festival. The West is Awake, All the Dark Places, and Unusual Gestures are a selection of the stunning collections you can meditate on. These are ideal ways to engage with the GIAF, offering glimpses into the themes, techniques, and talents of the many amazing artists who create such captivating work. Many of the shows are free, meaning you can easily breeze into one of the city’s several fabulous galleries to take it all in. 

And so much more

The Galway international Arts Festival offers a truly diverse programme that also includes circus performances, silent discos, architectural installations, and lots more. There really is something for everyone to enjoy, so check out the official programme for everything you need to know. 


GIAF and Sustainability

Galway International Arts Festival is proud of the impact they make on people’s lives, but also recognise that festival activities can have a significant impact on the environment. Cognisant of the damage being done to the planet by human activity, GIAF aims to take responsibility for its contribution and reduce the associated impacts.

GIAF aims to make sustainability a major focal point of the organisation by:

  • Working collaboratively with partners in advancing a sustainability agenda and delivering sustainable festival solutions to current climate challenges.
  • Promoting sustainable transport solutions during the Festival period by promoting the use of public transport, the city bike and Brite bike schemes.
  • Prioritising reduction of single-use plastic.
  • Promoting equality and inclusivity in all Festival practices.
  • Segregating and reducing Festival waste by applying best practices in partnership with their waste management partner.
  • Highlighting crucial sustainability issues in their Festival programme.
  • They encourage staff, volunteers, interns, supporters and visitors to help in their sustainability efforts by considering the environmental impact of their activity at the Festival.

Find out more about GIAF's Sustainabaility measures HERE