Friday 31 October 2014

A claw-dropping sight: giant lobsters invade city

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

The Galway International Arts Festival began yesterday
John Mahoney and Caroline Miney

GALWAY streets came alive with giant crustaceans this week as a sea invasion of massive lobsters arrived for the Galway International Arts Festival.

The Dance of the Lobsters spectacle wowed audiences throughout the city, with the giant shellfish lighting up by night to add a further magical dimension to their already striking appearance.

Hundreds of children chased the giant sea creatures down a busy thoroughfare, catching their tails and claws as they danced past.

For some children it proved too much and they squealed to be lifted out of the way of the lobsters. But many more gave chase.

Jagoda Slabuszewski (5) from Salthill was determined to capture herself a giant lobster and followed them through the city.

"It was trying to headbutt me but I chased it all the way down. It was funny," she said.

The event is just one of a host of free outdoor performances which will take place over the next two weeks for the festival.

Artistic director of the Festival Paul Fahy said he was blown away by the free street performances that make up this year's event, which ends on July 27.

"We have an absolutely great schedule of street performances in place. We hope that the audiences will love it. We are very interested in getting art out into the streets of the city and bringing it to the people for free and that is what our street performances are about," he added.

The free street performances will also include two major events with 'Hallali', a grand spectacle acrobatic show, and the striking 'Dragonus' which will see stilt walkers and an 18- metre long dragon transport viewers to a different world.

Irish Independent

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