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Galway Arts Festival 2023, 17-30 June. Program, what to see

Galway Arts Festival

WHERE: Galway, Ireland
WHEN: from 17 to 30 July 2023

Music. Theater and dance. Visual arts. Opera. Street shows. This, and much more, awaits you at the Galway Arts Festival, one of Ireland’s most important cultural events.
Born in 1978, it has earned numerous appreciations, thanks to the excellent organization, and the varied schedule. This has translated with an increasing number of spectators, up to exceeding 250000 admissions with the last edition.
“The Guardian” placed it among the 5 best summer festivals in all of Europe!

Since 2014 it has been officially called the Galway International Arts Festival, also known by the acronym GIAF.
As per tradition, it takes place during the two central weeks of June.

Galway Arts Festival

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Over the years, First Thought Talks has become a true trademark of the festival. Since 2012, “discussions” have been hosted on a specific topic. Discussions that can be followed online and live on Facebook.
Not least, music is another protagonist of the Galway Arts Festival. The Big Top Tent, which is located in the NUI Campus area, has become a true icon of GIAF. Here, in recent years, Elvis Costello, Suede, David Byrne, Blondie, and many others have taken the stage.



Over 200 events await you at GIAF 2023, hosted in at least 30 different locations. Eyre Square will also be the protagonist of this 46th edition. Town Hall Theater, not far from the square, and Claddag Quai with its Mirror Pavillion, will be other important locations. Claddagh Quai, is located on the other side of the Corrib, beyond the Spanish Arc. It can be reached in about 15 minutes on foot from Eyre Square.

To the north of the square, just under a kilometer away, stands the Heineken Big Top, the official venue for GIAF concerts.


Big Tent Galway Arts Festival Program

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Music, as always, a great protagonist. Here are the artists who will perform at the Heineken Big Top:

  • 20: Fat Freddy’s Drop
  • 21: The Saw Doctors
  • 22: The Coronas
  • 23: KETTAMA
  • 24: Pavement
  • 27: Kaiser Chiefs
  • 28: Bell X1
  • 29: The Saw Doctors

Concerts start around 8pm.


One of the most extraordinary Irish stories ever told! From July 09 to 30, 2023, Town Hall Theater will host the world premiere of the trilogy Druid O’ Case“. It starts with “The Plow and the Stars“, followed by “The Shadow of a Gunman“. will close “Juno and the Paycock“.

From 14 to 29 July, from 19:00, the University of Galway (Bailey Allen Hall) will host the play “Bedbound

Great expectations, of course, for the splendid Saturday parade which crosses the main streets and squares of the city. You can admire eccentric costumes, giants, and incredible masks.


The price varies according to the guests and the events. To attend “Druid O’Case” the ticket costs up to a maximum of €85 per person, depending on the seat.

Musical performances cost between €35 and €51. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

The programme, timetable and all the information contained herein are for informational purposes only and are not to be considered OFFICIAL.

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