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

Galway Arts Festival 2024

WHERE: Galway, Ireland
WHEN: from 15th to 28th July 2024

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 2024, 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:

  • 15: Passenger
  • 17: Stewart Copeland
  • 18: Kneecap
  • 19: Leftfield
  • 20: Block Rockin Beats
  • 21: Annie Mac
  • 24: Jess Glynne
  • 25: KETTAMA
  • 26: Gavin James
  • 27 e 28: The Saw Doctors

Concerts start around 8pm.


You are on earth, there is no cure for this!”. Endgame is the tragicomic story of a man who lives with his parents and his servant in a world beyond time and space. Directed by Garry Hynes, this new production of Samuel Beckett‘s masterpiece features Druid Ensemble members Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen and Rory Nolan. Appointment from 05 to 28 July 2024 at the “Town Hall Theatre”.

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 “Endgame” the ticket costs from 28€ to 33€ per person, depending on the seat.

Musical performances cost between 35€ and 59.50€. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

*all information contained herein, including timetables and prices, is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered official. All names and trademarks herein belong to their respective owners.

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