Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival have announced their programme for this year, and it really has something for everyone! Weather you like music, theatre, art of performance, you will find something for yourself at it!

Some of our favourites are:


Free spectacle including acrobatic stilt-walkers, an electric rock-opera score with live musicians, pyrotechnics and a monumental moving dragon! Catch it on Eyre Square 19th and 20th of July!



Another free event, Irish premier of a show based on a new acrobatic, freestyle technique Hallali, combining fantasy, flight, escape, and suspension in an awesome and thrilling circus performance!


The National

Following five-star rave reviews for their recent live shows and latest release Trouble Will Find Me, which reached the top three in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Brooklyn-based indie rock band The National are well and truly on a roll. They have long been one of our favourite bands and we are delighted they will be making an appearance in Galway this summer! Catch them 16th of July!

Imelda May

If you are in the mood for a bit of rock n roll and rockabilly, you should not miss Imelda May! Imelda managed to be the only Irish female artist to have three successive number 1 albums, and if her sell out show at Galway Arts Festival is anything to go by, you are in for a treat!



Not to be missed theatre show brings stars like Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea to Blax Box Theatre this summer!  “Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly sad, and featuring jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy, Ballyturk is an ambitious, profound and tender work from one of Ireland’s leading playwrights Enda Walsh.


Grab tickets for this and more at Galway International Arts Festival page!

Don’t forget to book Galway hostel when visiting Galway Arts Festival! Our Barnacles hostel in Galway is located in the heart of entertainment area, a.k.a Galway’s Latin Quarter. We are the only hostel with such a central location, surrounded by pubs, restaurants & night clubs – when in Galway you will be spending all your time here, you might as well stay here to make it easier on you 🙂 We have just renovated entire hostel, WiFi is free of charge and available in all rooms and common areas, breakfast is included free of charge and if you ask nicely, there are free hugs in there for you too 🙂

Get in touch with any queries you might have or book online (on top of the page)

See you in Galway!