Friday 23 March 2018

Galway Arts Festival to bring in €20m for city

John Fallon

AND now the focus shifts west.

Over 160,000 people are expected to attend events over the next two weeks in Galway, with the 34th annual arts festival set to bring an economic boost of about €20m.

And the sunny weather yesterday allowed the thousands of visitors to avail of a host of free events.

Enda Walsh's 'Misterman', which stars Cillian Murphy, had already played to sell-out previews and there was another full house at the Black Box theatre last night.

One of the highlights of the festival, 'Truth', is a free event in a giant inflatable structure where members of the public are given two minutes to leave their responses to the simple question "What is truth?".

A 40,000 square foot temporary art gallery created in the former Atlantic Homecare premises at Galway Shopping Centre has added a new dimension to this year's festival.

Several other venues around the city and Salthill are hosting events, including 'Possession' at the Bank of Ireland Theatre in NUI Galway, 'Hydro' at Norman Villa Gallery in Salthill, with arts exhibitions in the Galway City Museum, the Kenny Gallery in Liosban and the Niland Gallery on Merchants Road in the city centre.

John Crumlish, the chief executive of the festival, said that they were pleased with ticket sales and were confident there would be a big boost to the local economy.

"We have special offers, concessions and bundles for shows,"he added.

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