Theatre, music and fun set the stage for Galway International Arts Festival
Three major Irish theatrical premieres, performances by The National, Imelda May, The Coronas and The Waterboys, a night at the proms with the RTE Concert Orchestra, and street invasions by giant inflatable dancing lobsters.
That is the boast of the 37th Galway International Arts Festival which kicked off last night.
The three theatre premieres are of 'Ballyturk', by Enda Walsh, 'Chapatti', by Christian O'Reilly, presented by Chicago's Northlight Theatre and starring John Mahoney, and Druid Theatre's production of 'Be Infants of Evil', by Brian Martin.
New Irish writing features particularly strongly throughout the programme this year and also includes Raymond Scannell's play 'Deep', Galway's Moonfish Theatre and An Taibhdhearc's 'Star of the Sea' adapted from Joseph O'Connor's novel, and Panti in her new theatrical stand-up show 'High Heels in Low Places'.
Visual art is once again strongly represented in The Absolut Festival Gallery, which houses an exhibition by John Kindness relating to Homer's Odyssey alongside the work of one of the pioneers of pop art, Eduardo Paolozzi.