Galway's iconic arts festival is gearing up for a stellar year, with organisers confident it can break last year's audience numbers by tens of thousands.
Last year, 160,000 people travelled from around the world to enjoy the Galway International Arts Festival and artistic director Paul Fahy believes that figure will be well and truly broken this summer.
"I think we could see 180,000 this year. The festival has an amazing lineup of 80 individual events with hundreds of things on every day. We've got a brilliant line up for new work and we've fantastic free street theatre."
Free street spectacles will make up a huge part of this year's festival, with highlights including a giant skywhale floating over the city and enormous opera singers 25ft in the air blaring out songs.
The 38th Galway International Arts Festival will run from July 13-26. For Box Office and full programme details visit www.giaf.ie