Saturday 24 February 2018

Brian Wilson and Enda Walsh among highlights of Galway International Arts Festival 40th anniversary programme

Dublin bound: The Beach Boys deity Brian wilson
Dublin bound: The Beach Boys deity Brian wilson
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Galway International Arts Festival celebrates its 40th year with it's biggest and most ambitious programme to date.

This year's event, which takes place from 17-30 July in Galway, boasts new opera and theatre including four world premieres, as well as talks, visual arts, music, street art and a special commission.

Amongst the highlights are world premiers of of a new play by Conall Morrison and a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, as well as Kneehigh Theatre and Emma Rick, and a special commission from the internationally acclaimed Jon Gerrard.

There will also be an exhibition by Brazilian artist Anna Maria Pacheco, new theatre productions from Druid, the Abbey and London's Old Vic and Beach Boys' legend Brian Wilson will be at the Absolut Big Top.

Other highlights include JFDR, the latest project from Iceland’s Jófríður Ákadóttir, the First Thought Talks’ series of conversations on power, Syrian architect and author Marwa Al-Sabouni and a Street Art Programme featuring Olivier Grossetête’s The People Build.

Artists from across Ireland will join forces with artists and companies from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Iceland, UK, USA, Sierra Leone, South Korea, South Africa, Syria and The Netherlands.

"This will be our biggest year to date," said Festival CEO John Crumlish, "We have a significant birthday to celebrate and we start our build up towards European Capital of Culture 2020.

"We have begun four months of touring, we are presenting a number of First Thought events outside the Festival and are now announcing our biggest Festival programme to date.

"With an increased number of theatre premieres, one of our biggest musical line-ups ever and a very exciting free programme we hope our audiences enjoy our birthday party and that it provides for a great July in Galway.’

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