Galway International Arts Festival Announces 2016 Festival Programme
Published 26/05/2016 | 16:35
Galway International Arts Festival announced details of its 2016 Festival Programme.
The Festival, which takes place from 11-24 July, features an international programme of theatre, dance, music, visual art, discussion and debate, alongside a strong focus on home produced work.
Four world premiere productions, including a major new play Arlington [a love story] by Enda Walsh; an array of world-class Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwrights and directors including Ivo van Hove, Lee Hall, Jim Culleton and Garry Hynes; an amazing line-up of Irish and international musicians from Elvis Costello to The Gloaming live at the Absolut Big Top;a major new exhibition, a Festival commission, from the internationally acclaimed Hughie O’Donoghue; First Thought Talks a series of conversations on identity; and a sensational Street Art Programme featuring Francisco de Pájaro’s Art is Trash amongst others, are just some of the highlights of the 39th Galway International Arts Festival.
Artists and companies from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland, Spain and the U.S.A. join forces with artists from Ireland to create what promises to be an unforgettable Festival of Extraordinary Experiences this July.
Commenting on this year’s programme, Galway International Arts Festival’s Artistic Director Paul Fahy stated, “One headliner after another will transform the stages, galleries and streets of Galway for the mouth-watering prospect that is Galway International Arts Festival 2016. We look forward to welcoming you to Galway in July for this big, bold adventure, a creative collision like no other.”
The Festival’s Chief Executive John Crumlish added, “The 2016 programme is our biggest to date and represents another move forward for Galway International Arts Festival. More and more, we are involved in producing new work and are delighted that we will have so many premieres this summer in Galway. We are looking forward to an extraordinary two weeks and really hope audiences enjoy the experience and that Galway this July is one to remember.”
Amongst the Irish highlights of Festival 2016 are the world premieres of, Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival’s co-production, Arlington [a love story] written and directed by Enda Walsh, starring Charlie Murphy, Hugh O’Conor and Oona Doherty which reunites the creative team behind the acclaimed Ballyturk and Misterman, both of which went on to international acclaim; Invitation to a Journey – Inspired by Eileen Gray, Ireland's pioneer of 20th Century design and architecture, ina Festival co-production with CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Crash Ensemble and Fishamble: The New Play Company; Death at Intervalsby Kellie Hughes starring Olwen Fouéré and Raymond Scannell;a new short text Kitchen by Enda Walsh presented in a gallery setting and featuring the voice of Eileen Walsh; Druid presents Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett directed by Garry Hynes.
International theatre and dance highlights include the Irish premieres of Song From Far Away directed by the sensational Ivo van Hove, who recently directed the acclaimed Enda Walsh and David Bowie musical Lazarus in New York;the undisputed theatre hit of the2015 Edinburgh Festivals,Our Ladies of Perpetual Succourby Lee Hall, a National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre production; and Australia’s awe-inspiring circus and acrobatic company Gravity & Other Myths with A Simple Space.
An action-packed international Street Art &Spectacle Programme features gigantic Insects from Spain’s Sarruga; a daring trapeze show, The Scent of Sawdust by Les P’Tits Brasfrom France, and contemporary street and urban artist Francisco de Pájaro whose pop-up sculpture and installation Art Is Trash will delight audiences this summer.
Live at the Absolut Big Top (co-produced with the RóisínDubh) features an amazing line-up of Irish and international musicians, including Elvis Costello and The Imposters with special guests The Undertones; Britpop icons Suede; the sublime Villagers with special guest Mick Flannery; and some of Ireland’s biggest-selling music acts of recent times -Bell X1and Imelda May with special guest Damien Dempsey.
Other music highlights include Dan Deacon, The Souljazz Orchestra, Brian Deady, God Is An Astronaut, Pleasure Beach, Mary Coughlan, amongst others at the RóisínDubh;We Banjo 3 and Tommy Emmanuel in Seapoint Ballroom; Donal Dineen’sThe Pipes, The Pipesat St. Nicholas’ Church; Stomptown Brass, Hothouse Flowers, Sharon Shannon Band, The Henry Girls, Mundy, Séan Smyth and Traditional Music Showcases at Monroe’s Live; with DJ sets at Electric.
GIAF’s First Thought Talks has also been expanded this year, with discussions focusing on identity - what makes us who we are, as individuals and as a nation. First Thought 2016 examines the theme of identity across a wide platform, including talks on political, personal, cultural and digital identity. Are looks really everything? Is your gender determined at birth? What do our objects say about us? What are the implications for our identity in a digital world? What does our culture say about us? Why are we voting for individuals rather than parties?First Thought Talks will this year hear from supermodels, activists, constitutional lawyer, artists, politicians, academics, entrepreneurs, journalists, composers and poets, including The Guardian’s theatre critic Michael Billington; transgender actor Rebecca Root; top US model Cameron Russell; performer and activist Rory O’Neill; artists John Gerrard and Varvara Shavrova; scientist Prof. Abhay Pandit; and author David Berreby amongst an extensive number of leading thinkers, academics, journalists and artists.
Festival 2016 sees the return of the Festival Gallery at the former Connacht Tribune Print Works, home to a major new exhibition and Festival commission, One Hundred Years And Four Quarters, by acclaimed Irish artist Hughie O’Donoghue, which forms part of the official Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The Festival will also host exhibitions by Irish artists including Spectres of Modernity by Ruth McHugh; Making Ireland Modern by architects Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin; Foreign Bodies by Elisabetta di Sopra, Giancarlo Marcali and Border Crossings presented by Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Arts Centre and SASA Gallery Australia.
Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland and Festival Partners Ulster Bank, ABSOLUT and NUI Galway.
Maeve McMahon, Director of Customer Experience and Products, Ulster Bank, said: “At Ulster Bank we recognise the powerful contribution that the arts and creative industries make to the social and economic wellbeing of our society. We have been involved with the Galway International Arts Festival since 2012 and in this time delivered meaningful help to build a programme that connects audiences to a world class arts festival. This year, watch out for Ulster Bank’s “Night for Galway” our free ticket event to see some of the festival highlights. We are really looking forward to another exciting programme in July.”
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