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Galway's renowned Arts Festival has gone international

Published 29/05/2014 | 02:30

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Ludwik Seamus is chased by a giant inflatable lobster at launch of the Galway International Arts Festival
NATIONAL TREASURES: Matt Berninger, twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner and brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf
NATIONAL TREASURES: Matt Berninger, twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner and brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf
Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy

GALWAY'S renowned Arts Festival has gone international. The annual summer entertainment spectacular has added 'international' to its formal name to reflect the variety of cosmopolitan performances for which it is best known.

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The name change came yesterday at the launch of the programme for Festival 2014 which runs from July 14 to 27.

US band The National will headline the music programme along with the Waterboys and A Night at the Proms with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

The premieres of three new plays, 'Ballyturk' by Enda Walsh, starring Cillian Murphy, 'Chapatti' by Christian O'Reilly, and 'Be Infants in Evil' by Brian Martin, will feature in the drama section, along with the Royal Court Theatre's trilogy of Beckett's 'Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby'.

An action-packed European street theatre programme will include Artizani's giant inflatable dancing lobsters, 10 neon pink aliens in Ljud's The Invasion, acrobatics from Les Philebulistes in Hallali and Malabar's Dragonus, a monumental moving dragon along with acrobatic stilt-walkers.

Irish Independent

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