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Galway International Arts Festival (17th - 30th July 2017)

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The 40th Galway International Arts Festival runs from Monday July 17th to Sunday 30th and features a wealth of theatre, music, comedy, visual art, dance, and literary events from artists from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and of course Ireland and Galway.

Amongst the Irish highlights of Festival 2017 is the world premiere of Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival’s Woyzeck in Winter, an electrifying fusion of two masterpieces - Büchner's Woyzeck and Schubert's Die Winterreise adapted and directed by Conall Morrison with lyrics by Stephen Clark, London starring an extraordinary Irish cast including Patrick O’Kane, Camille O’Sullivan, Rosaleen Linehan, Stephen Brennan, Barry McGovern, Rory Nolan, Peter Coonan, Shane O Reilly and Susannah de Wrixon, co-commissioned by the Barbican.
In a first for the 40-year-old Festival, this year’s programme includes the world premiere of The Second Violinist a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, a Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera production. Aaron Monaghan plays The Second Violinist, joined by singers Máire Flavin, Sharon Carty and Benedict Nelson, together with a 16-strong chorus, and Crash Ensemble.
Other a new short text Bathroom by Enda Walsh presented in a gallery setting and featuring the voice of Tom Vaughan Lawlor, produced by GIAF; the Druid production of Crestfall by Mark O’Rowe directed by Annabel Comyn; Corn Exchange’s head-spinning and exquisite Dublin by Lamplight; the world premiere of Branar’s How to Catch a Star; Decadent’s production of Abbie Spallen’s Pumpgirl; An Taibhdhearc’s Dún na mBan Trí Thine by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, while the Abbey Theatre’s production of Two Pints attests to the comic genius of Roddy Doyle and is performed in a number of pubs in Galway city, county and the Aran Islands.
International theatre and dance highlights include two of the great British theatre companies – The Old Vic Theatre and Kneehigh. The Old Vic Theatre presents Cover My Tracks by David Grieg and former Noah and the Whale front man and songwriter Charlie Fink, while award-winning director and artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the sensational Emma Rice, with writers Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy reinvent Tristan & Yseult. Hijinx in association with Blind Summit present Meet Fred performed by a company of ID and non-ID actors.


First Thought Talks 2017 features a series of conversations on power with academics, activists, architects, artists and authors with participants including Marwa Al-Sabouni, Emma Rice, Colm Tóibín, Rebecca MacKinnon, Maureen Gaffney, Tom Tomorrow, Carole Cadwalladr, Caitriona Perry and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State 1999–2001 Bennett Freeman amongst an extensive number of leading international voices and journalists from around the world.


An action-packed international Street Art Programme features two shows from French masters of the spectacular Transe Express, with the high-energy interactive promenade show Chariot of the Sea and the large-scale aerial performance Mobile Homme. The Netherland’s Close-Act’s illuminated skeletal i-Puppets will invade the city street and Absolut Big Top, and from France the dazzling Olivier Grossetête’s architectural installation The People Build will astound audiences this summer.


Live at the Absolut Big (co-produced with the Róisín Dubh) features an amazing line-up of Irish and international musicians including Brian Wilson and a 15–piece band performing his legendary album Pet Sounds and many of Wilson and The Beach Boys’ greatest hits; the joyous and uplifting Ladysmith Black Mambazo; the endearing, singer-songwriter sensation that is Passenger; the sweet and soulful Gavin James; A Night at the Proms featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra celebrating some of the finest and most colourful orchestral music from the American continent; and Festival favourites The Coronas, and Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Dance Anthems playing at GIAF’s 40th Anniversary Weekend Party.
Other music highlights include Songhee Pansori Lab, and Lankum in St. Nicholas’ Church; James Lavelle, The Soul Rebels, Lisa Hannigan, Loah, Saint Sister, Wallis Bird, Jófríður Ákadóttir aka JFDR, and Beoga amongst others at the Róisín Dubh; Badly Drawn Boy, Áine Cahill, Altan, Stockton’s Wing, and Traditional Music Showcases featuring many of Ireland’s leading musicians at Monroe’s Live; with DJ sets at Electric.


Festival 2017 sees the return of the Festival Gallery at the former Connacht Tribune Print Works, home to a major exhibition Dark Night of the Soul by the acclaimed Brazilian artist Ana Maria Pacheco, and an exhibition of new work Inscriptions by Ireland’s Ailbhe Ní Bhriain. The Festival also features a new commission Flag by Irish artist John Gerrard, After the Raft of the Medusa from UK/Australian artist John Beard and Nicola Gunwhy’s Can We Ever Really See Each Other? Exhibitions by other Irish artists include Memory Has a Pulse by Seán Cotter, Gary Robinson and Thomas Brezing at 126; Impressions’ Open Biennale and Golden Record presented by Galway International Arts Festival and Galway Arts Centre and featuring Dorothy Cross, Laura de Búrca, Susan MacWilliam, Lucy McKenna and Paul Nugent.

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