Saturday 1 October 2016

Roll up, roll up - Galway arts festival returns

Published 14/06/2016 | 07:00

Actor Emma Regan, with giant sculpture ‘The Gramaphone’ by Donnacha Cahill, opens the Galway International Arts Festival box office at the Galway Tourist Office. Photo: Andrew Downes
Actor Emma Regan, with giant sculpture ‘The Gramaphone’ by Donnacha Cahill, opens the Galway International Arts Festival box office at the Galway Tourist Office. Photo: Andrew Downes

Trash turned into works of art and giant insects roaming the streets are some of the visual treats awaiting lovers of the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF).

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The festival is aiming to beat last year's record-breaking attendance numbers of 200,000.

The 2016 GIAF will include extra musical gigs in the Big Top and an extra special performance space, when Salthill's Leisureland is transformed into the backdrop for the latest Enda Walsh play, 'Arlington', starring Charlie Murphy.

Read more: Galway International Arts Festival Announces 2016 Festival Programme

Director Ivo van Hove, who previously worked with Enda Walsh and David Bowie on 'Lazarus' and who won a Tony award this week for 'A View From the Bridge', is also taking part in the festival, directing 'Song From Far Away'.

"Ivo is one of the hottest directors in the world, he's also working on 'The Crucible' on Broadway with Saoirse Ronan... so it's amazing to get him for this piece," said Paul Fahy, artistic director with GIAF.

Sarruga's street spectacle 'Insects' will also amaze, with fire-breathing insects roaming the streets. The Galway International Arts Festival runs from July 11 to 24. Tickets can be purchased at www.giaf.ie.

Irish Independent

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