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Theatre, Opera, Circus & Dance 4

Street Art & Spectacle 26

Music 30

Visual Arts 52

First Thought Talks 60

Comedy 68

Booking, Information & Festival Club 74

Venues & Map 75

Festival Diary 76

Festival Garden
This year we introduce the new Festival Garden — the home Eyre Square
of the Festival in the heart of Galway. Enjoy a chilled out 18–29 July, 12noon–10pm
BOOK NOW at giaf.ie atmosphere at the new Festival Lounge with great food and Free
In person from 18 June at drinks, occasional DJs and live sets from guest artists. With
Festival Box Office, Galway Tourist Office, a Festival Information Centre & Box Office, the new Festival
Forster Street, Galway, Ireland Garden is a great new space for artists and audiences alike
Phone: +353 91 566 577 to come together and join in the celebration.

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Funding Agencies & Sponsors

Government Support Corporate Support


P R I N C I PA L F U N D E RS L E A D E RS H I P PA RT N E R

E D U C AT I O N PA R T N E R

Festival Staff D R I N KS PA RT N E R

Chief Executive Selected


John Crumlish Shelley Troupe, Manager ®

Artistic Director Artist Liaison


Paul Fahy Philip Sweeney, Michael Mulroy
Hugh Lavelle, Liam Parkinson
Financial Controller F E S T I VA L PA R T N E R S
Gerry Cleary Photography & Filming
Administration Andrew Downes
Elizabeth Duffy, Administrator Moose
Kady Perry, Assistant Colm Hogan | Festival Poster

Marketing and Development Programme Consultants


SU P P O RT I N G PA RT N E RS
Hilary Martyn, Development & Marketing Manager Catriona Crowe, First Thought Talks
Aisling O’Sullivan, Fundraising Manager Gugai McNamara, Heineken Big Top
Brendan O’Regan, Traditional Music FUNDING AGENCIES
Operations
John Donnelly, Manager Graphic Design
Hilda Reid
Production
Adam Fitzsimons, Manager Web Design
Rob Usher, Manager Pixel Design
Box Office Print
Sarah Callaghan, Manager iSupply
Naoimh Ní Mhaolagain, Assistant Manager
Media Support
Publicity
O’Doherty Communications M E D I A PA RT N E RS

Sinead McPhillips
Niall Horisk, Digital Marketing Executive
Programmes
Tracey Ferguson, Editorial Manager
Galway International Arts Festival
Volunteers Black Box Theatre, Dyke Road,
Carly Zimmerman, Manager Galway, Ireland
Merchandise Administration +35391509700
Vincent Nally, Manager info@giaf.ie

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Theatre | Ireland World Premiere

‘One of the outstanding elegies Galway International Arts Festival and Jen Coppinger
in association with Poetry Ireland
of the 20th century.’

Incantata
T H E G UA R D I A N O N I N CA N TATA

by Paul Muldoon
directed by Sam Yates
starring Stanley Townsend

INCANTATA
adj. [feminine singular of incantato]
1. enchanted, spellbound

‘for there’s nothing, you’d say, nothing over


and above the sky itself, nothing but cloud–cover
reflected in the thousand lakes…’

Incantata is a man’s concentrated attempt to speak across Town Hall Theatre


the barrier of death and recapture the essence of someone Courthouse Square
lost. Now re–imagined for the theatre, Incantata, written 16–21 July, 8pm
in memory of the artist Mary Farl Powers by poet Paul 24 & 27 July, 6pm & 9pm
Muldoon, is an attempt to understand the void that remains Matinees 19 & 21 July, 2pm
following the death of a close friend and lover. Previews 16 & 17 July, 8pm
Paul Muldoon has published over thirty collections and
Tickets €20–€25
won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize.
Duration 45 minutes approx.
Directed by Sam Yates, an award–winning film and
theatre director, whose recent production of Glengarry
Glen Ross ran in London’s West End. Incantata stars Stanley Backstage at the Festival
Townsend, one of Ireland’s leading actors and a familiar 19 July, following 9pm show
face on both Irish and British stages and screens. Moderator, Patrick Lonergan,
NUI Galway

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Circus | Australia Irish Premiere

Gravity & Other Myths

Backbone Watch in awe as 10 skilled acrobats literally throw around the


perception of what strength is, where it comes from and how it
is measured.
With jaw–dropping virtuosity and extraordinarily disciplined
Bailey Allen Hall
NUI Galway
17–21 July, 7pm

devised by Gravity & Other Myths teamwork, Backbone is utterly charming, contagiously joyful,
Matinee 21 July, 2pm
Tickets €20–€29
directed by Darcy Grant and a thrilling high–octane exploration of human strength. Duration 1 hour 20 minutes
Gravity & Other Myths create shows with a focus on human
No interval
connection and acrobatic dexterity, continually pushing
boundaries and breaking new ground.
Backstage at the Festival
In just a short few years, Adelaide’s acrobatic sensations
have rocketed to international acclaim, taking contemporary 18 July
circus to a whole new level. Their Festival 2016 show A Simple Post–show talk with the company
Space, wowed audiences during its Galway run and took the Moderator, Ian Walsh,
world by storm playing Australia, Europe and America. NUI Galway

‘Circus at its best. Extraordinary.’


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SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘Circus as you’ve never seen it.’


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I N DA I LY

‘Achieving the impossible.’


TIME OUT SYDNEY

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Theatre | South Africa Irish Premiere

The Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town


THE

The Fall
SCOTSMAN
Fringe First
Award

devised by members of the company


director/facilitator Clare Stopford
cast Ameera Conrad, Oarabile Ditsele, Tankiso Mamabolo,
Sizwesandile Mnisi, Sihle Mnqwazana, Cleo Raatus and
Zandile Madliwa Black Box Theatre
Dyke Road
16–21 July, 7pm
Matinees 19 & 21 July, 2pm
Tickets €22–€29.50
Duration 1 hour and 20 minutes
‘Exhilarating… stirring… transporting… No interval
an infectious, heady joy…’
B E N B R A N T L E Y, T H E N E W Y O R K T I M E S , C R I T I C S ’ P I C K
Backstage at the Festival
17 July
Post–show talk with the company

HHHHH HHHHH Moderator, Charlotte McIvor,


NUI Galway
T H E S U N DAY T I M E S T H E STAG E

The atmosphere among my fellow comrades


is euphoric. We have brought this change.

As the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes came down at the


University of Cape Town, seven students wrote the sensational
play The Fall, which marshals the power of protest song and
dance, to unpack discrimination in all its forms. The production
took South Africa, Edinburgh, London and New York by storm,
captivating audiences and wowing critics, and now comes
to Galway for an exclusive limited Festival run.
As colonialist and patriarchal icons are dismantled across
the world, The Fall goes to the heart of how race, class, gender,
power and history’s voices intersect.

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Theatre | Ireland World Premieres

Druid Druid

Furniture Shelter
by Sonya Kelly by Cristín Kehoe
directed by Cathal Cleary directed by Oonagh Murphy
cast Niall Buggy, Peter Campion, Garrett Lombard, Clare Monnelly, cast includes Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan, Brendan Conroy
Rebecca O’Mara and Aisling O’Sullivan and Lauren Larkin

Furniture is not sentimental. You can love it, We’re meant to be in here, we own this place. We’re the
but it won’t remember who you are. sons of Ireland and I don’t care what anybody says.
Three short plays about chairs and tables, and the people The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane Fus is front–page news, but not all news is good. As he The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane
who love them. 12–28 July hides out in a disused warehouse, he soon learns that 13–29 July
Furniture is a playful new piece about perceptions and Previews 12 July 8pm & 14 July 5pm Tommy has lost his job and their hideaway is under Previews 13 & 14 July, 8pm
possessions. Told through the lives of six individuals, this 16, 18, 20, 23, 25 & 27 July, 8pm threat. As friends trickle through the building, they drink, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28 & 29 July, 8pm
17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26 & 28 July, 5pm 18, 20, 25 & 27 July, 5pm‬
fresh, new comedy looks at how the things we own shape dance, row and reminisce while the clock counts down.
Tickets €18–€26 22 & 29 July, 3pm
our worldview and even ourselves. Shelter is a portrait of life on the edge. It is at turns
Duration 1 hour 20 minutes Tickets €18–€26
Written by Sonya Kelly [The Wheelchair on My Face; brutal, touching and funny in its portrayal of those
No interval Duration 1 hour 30 minutes, No interval
How to Keep an Alien], Furniture is a new Irish play with a whose lives are washed over in the name of progress.
lot to say about who we think we are. Backstage at the Festival Backstage at the Festival
18 July 19 July
Furniture and Shelter are playing in repertory as part of Druid’s Post–show talk with the company Shelter and Furniture are playing in repertory as part of Druid’s Post–show talk with the company
season of new Irish work at GIAF 2018 featuring two world members. Moderator, Miriam Houghton, season of new Irish work at GIAF 2018 featuring two world members. Moderator, Miriam Houghton,
premieres and two Druid Debuts. NUI Galway premieres and two Druid Debuts. NUI Galway

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Opera | Ireland

Irish National Opera


in association with Galway International Arts Festival,
‘A star is born.’ a co–production with United Fall
T H E S U N DAY B U S I N E S S P O S T
ON SHARON CARTY
in partnership with Irish Baroque Orchestra

Orfeo ed Euridice
by Christoph Gluck
directed by and choreographed by Emma Martin
conducted by Peter Whelan

‘Let love triumph, and all the world


serve the empire of beauty’

A story so weighted in tragedy, the power of the Orpheus myth Town Hall Theatre
lies in its balance between mortality and hope, transcendence Courthouse Square
and love. GIAF presents this major new production of Gluck’s 23–29 July, 8pm
revolutionary work Orfeo ed Euridice, based on one of the most No show 24 & 27 July
famous stories in history and featuring a powerful mix of music, Tickets €30–€40
song, dance and imagery. Duration 1 hour 40 mins.
Emma Martin, one of Ireland’s most exciting dance theatre
No interval
makers, directs with Sharon Carty and Sarah Power performing
the title roles joined by an ensemble of four singers and four
Backstage at the Festival
United Fall dancers. Peter Whelan conducts the Irish Baroque
Orchestra. 25 July
Irish National Opera is a newly formed company that Post–show talk with the company
merges two of Ireland’s most innovative opera producers of the Moderator, Aidan Thomson,
past decade, Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company. NUI Galway
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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Theatre | Australia Irish Premiere

Brink Productions

The Aspirations
of Daise Morrow
by Patrick White
directed by Chris Drummond

A unique adaptation of Australia’s towering literary genius and


Nobel Prize recipient Patrick White’s Down at the Dump.

‘Visually captivating, splendidly


lucid stage adaptation’
THE AUSTRALIAN
The only death to fear is the death of love

‘Excellent… Drummond’s Actors, musicians and audience share a unique theatre Black Box Theatre

staging is masterful.’ experience in a transformed performance space in the Black Dyke Road
Box Theatre with everyone sitting in a circle of burnt earth 23–28 July, 7pm
I N D A I L Y, A U S T R A L I A
beneath a vast canvas of Australian sky. Matinee 26 and 28 July, 2pm
The Whalley family are getting ready for a day at the dump, Duration 1 hour 20 mins
‘Phenomenal.’ while next door the Hogbens prepare to bury the outrageous
Daise Morrow, a free spirit whose youthful romantic exploits
No interval
LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE Tickets €22–€29.50
scandalised the staid residents of her tiny Australian town.
A gorgeous, sensory evocation of Patrick White’s Australia,
Backstage at the Festival
The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is brutally funny, profound
in its understanding of human nature, the complications 24 July
of compassion and the majesty of love. This rich theatrical Post–show talk with the company
adaptation keeps all the wit, scathing insight and wonderful Moderator, Marianne Kennedy,
humour of the book and transforms it into something new. NUI Galway
Accompanied with haunting live music performed by the
sublime Zephyr Quartet.
In association with Far and Away Productions.

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Circus | Australia Irish Premiere

Circa

‘The mighty Circa.’


THE TIMES
Humans
created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble
directed by Yaron Lifschitz

‘Stunning… heart–stopping acrobatics.’


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ARTSHUB

‘Thrilling’
THE TIMES

Ten astonishing and highly–skilled acrobats take us on Bailey Allen Hall


a stirring journey of what it means to be human. With NUI Galway
incredible strength and integrity they connect each 24–29 July, 7pm
moment seamlessly with the next in a thrilling and heart– Tickets €20–€29
stopping performance. Duration 1 hour 10 minutes approx.
Exploring the physical limits of their bodies as they are No interval
pushed to the extreme, the phenomenal Circa question
how much we can take as humans.
Backstage at the Festival
Created by Yaron Lifschitz, Circa’s reputation for
25 July
fearless, boundary–pushing circus and physical theatre
is borne out in every one of their shows. One of the most Post–show talk with the company
popular companies ever to perform at the festival, Circa Moderator, Catherine Morris,
make their long–awaited return to Galway after an absence NUI Galway
of nine years.

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Theatre | Scotland Irish Premiere

Vox Motus The runaway hit of the Edinburgh International Festival O’Donoghue Theatre

Flight
2017, Flight recently took New York by storm. NUI Galway
A magical experience that combines unsettling 19 July
themes with spellbinding images, Flight tells the story of 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm
two young orphaned brothers who embark on a desperate 20–29 July
odyssey to find freedom and safety. With their small 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm, 3.45pm
adapted by Oliver Emanuel from the novel inheritance stitched into their clothes, they set off on an
6pm, 6.45pm, 7,30pm, 8.15pm, 9pm
epic journey across Europe seeking a better life in London,
Hinterland by Caroline Brothers in a heart–wrenching road story of terror, hope and
No show 24 July
Tickets €20–€25
survival.
directed by Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds Flight brings audiences into this intimate and Limited capacity of 25 per show
heartbreaking story in a unique and deeply individual Duration 1 hour appox.
experience. Seated in individual booths, the audience No interval.
of 25 people each watch the story unfold for them as Age 14+
a carousel of over 100 3D models slowly rotates, with
dialogue and music experienced through separate
headsets.
Flight draws you into its exquisite, fragile miniature
‘Exquisite and intensely affecting.’ world and allows you to contemplate its gripping story
T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S C R I T I C’S P I C K of two children lost in dangerous lands.

‘Profoundly imaginative… gorgeously


designed… unforgettable’
T H E N E W YO R K E R

‘Extraordinary.’
THE OBSERVER

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Theatre | Installation | England | Lebanon Theatre | Installation | Ireland World Premiere

Galway International Arts Festival

Office 33A
written and directed by Enda Walsh
featuring the voice of Donal O’Kelly

‘Guaranteed to take up
residence in your head.’
T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S O N RO O M S

‘Extraordinary’ It sort of kills me that I’ve allowed the hope of ‘you and me’
T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S
to be taken by the work. That the work and what it’s turned
into has taken and killed everything.
‘This piece will change
the way you think.’
W H AT’S O N STAG E The voice of an administrator in a waste management O’Donoghue Centre
company is still heard in his office. He recalls the love he NUI Galway
found and how he must keep that love alive. 16–29 July
Office 33A is the fifth in a series of theatre From 11am. Every 20 minutes to 6pm
Tania El Khoury installations by Enda Walsh collectively known as Rooms Sunday–Wednesday

Gardens Speak
which toured to New York in 2017. From 11am. Every 20 minutes to 8pm
Thursday–Saturday
Tickets €7
Duration 15 minutes approx.

Bank Of Ireland Theatre Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists
NUI Galway and protesters who took to the streets during the early periods
23–25 July of the uprising.
1pm, 2pm, 3pm As much an art installation as it is theatre, Gardens Speak
6pm & 7pm depicts the human cost of the war by acquainting us with the
26–29 July
life and death of 10 ordinary yet remarkable people who were
buried in Syrian gardens.
12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Each story has been carefully constructed with the friends
6pm, 7pm, 8pm
and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as
Tickets €15
they themselves may have recounted it.
Duration 40 minutes approx. A unique, unforgettable, interactive and immersive
Limited capacity of 10 per show experience.
Age 14+

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Theatre | Ireland World Premiere Theatre | Ireland

An Taibhdhearc and the Abbey Theatre


in association with Galway International Arts Festival
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T H E S U N DAY T I M E S ‘Terrific performances…

Baoite
exceptional writers…
brilliant script’
THE ARTS REVIEW

Bait
written and directed by Darach Mac Con Iomaire

Iseult Golden and David Horan


in association with the Abbey Theatre

Class
written and directed by Iseult Golden and David Horan

...is é an ciúnas a chreimfeas an ceantar God I hate classrooms. Give me the


seo – níos measa ná ceimiceán ar bith... heebie jeebies. Even still.

An Taibhdhearc A fishing family leads a desperate fight to defend their Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old, and he’s struggling. An Taibhdhearc

Middle Street coastal community from the imminent threat of offshore That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a Middle Street
fracking — but as the constant pressure of campaigning psychologist. But Brian and Donna — recently separated — 24–28 July, 8pm
12–22 July, 7.30pm
mounts, hidden fractures appear in the once–solid clan, as never liked school, never liked teachers. So are they going 29 July, 6pm
Previews 12–14 July, 7.30pm
lies, legacies, deceit and ultimate betrayal undermine the to trust this one? And should they? Matinees 26 & 28 July, 2pm
Matinees 14 & 22 July, 2pm
family and destroy the community. A parent–teacher meeting goes very, very wrong in Tickets €20–€25
No show 15 July Class — a new play about learning difficulties: in school,
Allegiances are torn — a community is split, until a trawler Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
Tickets €20–€25 in life, wherever.
tragedy unites it in grief. But when the truth begins to emerge
Duration 2 hours with interval Following a sell–out run at Dublin Theatre Festival 2017
about what actually happened, our perception of right and Backstage at the Festival
wrong is turned on its head. and at the Abbey Theatre earlier this year, Iseult Golden
and David Horan explore the complications and comedy 26 July
Baoite is a new Abbey Theatre commission from the writer
when three adults find themselves back in class. Post–show talk with the company
and director of the multi–award winning TV crime series Corp
Moderator, Miriam Haughton
+ Anam Darach Mac Con Iomaire.
NUI Galway
Scéinséir dorcha faoi lánúin iascaireachta a bristear ó
chéile de bharr ciúnas agus bréaga an phobail agus iad sáite
in agóid in aghaidh comhlachta fraiceála mara.
Performed in Irish with English surtitles.

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Dance | Theatre | Ireland World Premiere Theatre | Ireland
Irish Modern Dance

Cloud Study Decadent Theatre

Port Authority
choreography John Scott

‘Vital, fluent dance that admits no


boundaries.’
TA N Z M AGA Z I N E , B E R L I N [ O N J O H N S C OT T ] by Conor McPherson
Gathering Clouds is part dance, part theatre, directed by Andrew Flynn
part athletics. Two compelling dancers: Mufutau
Yusuf, an Irish man born in Nigeria and Salma
Ataya, a Palestinian Dabka dancer, attempt to
run 1,000 kilometres in circles and lines through
the performance space, chasing dreams, ‘Spellbinding’
memories and home. John Scott returns
THE TELEGRAPH ON PORT AUTHORITY
to Galway with his new wild, beautiful and
explosive running dance.

Festival Gallery
‘Glittering wit’
THE GUARDIAN ON PORT AUTHORITY
Market Street
18 July, 7.30pm & 9pm
19 July, 9pm
Tickets €10
Duration 45 minutes approx. PHOTO: CHRIS NASH

Galway Youth and Community Theatre

Wit
by Margaret Edison ‘A glittering jewel on the mountain at the top
directed by Andrew Flynn of Friday.’

A celebrated but exacting professor of A young boy leaves home for the first time, a man begins a job Nun’s Island Theatre
metaphysical poetry, Vivian Bearing has been for which he is not qualified, a pensioner receives a mysterious Nun’s Island
diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. package. As each confronts the significance of these events, they 16–29 July, 8pm
As she submits herself to an experimental are forced to take stock of themselves, their feelings and of the Preview 14 July
treatment, Vivian approaches her illness with decisions they have made. Matinee 21 & 28 July, 2pm
the same uncompromising rigour she brings to Painting a vivid picture of life in contemporary Dublin, award– No Show 22 July
bear on the sonnets of John Donne. winning playwright Conor McPherson [The Seafarer, The Weir
Tickets €22–€24
A Pulitzer Prize winning play, Wit is a striking and Shining City] weaves together a moving and funny tale of
Duration 2 hours with interval
and sharply funny reflection on the frailty of loves lost and found, the consequences of big dreams and the
existence and of the complex relationship significance of even our smallest choices.
between knowledge and love.

Nun’s Island Theatre


Nun’s Island
16–29 July, 4.30pm
‘A dazzling and humane play.’ No Show 22 July
N E W YO R K M AGA Z I N E
Tickets €16–€18
Duration 2 hours with interval

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Street Art | Architecture | France Festival Commission Street Art | Installation | England

Olivier Grossetête Luke Jerram

The People Build Museum of the Moon


Eyre Square | Waterside Following on from the success of The People Build in 2017, where
Constructions 20 & 21 July, Olivier Grossetête won the hearts of the Festival audience with
11am–4pm his large scale reconstruction of the Aula Maxima in Eyre Square,
Demolitions 22 July, 3pm & 6pm GIAF has invited the artist to return to Galway to embark on two
Free large scale and highly ambitious projects.
Workshops 13–19 July
Over two weeks, thousands of cardboard boxes will be
transformed into the building blocks of a series of democratically
Check online for full details
assembled buildings including a new floating cardboard bridge
at Waterside, a testimony to Galway’s River Corrib Viaduct once
part of the famous Galway to Clifden Railway.
This awe–inspiring and spectacular architectural event is
created by the people, for the people, and demonstrates the
very best of community spirit and collective endeavour.

Museum of the Moon is a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Various Venues
Jerram who is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks. 16–29 July
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi Free
detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate Check online for details from
scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical 18 June
sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The installation
is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound
composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning
composer Dan Jones.
Museum of the Moon can be viewed both indoors and outdoors
on various days during the Festival.

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Street Art | Architecture | England Street Art | The Netherlands

Architects of Air | Alan Parkinson Close–Act

Miracoco Birdmen
Luminarium

A luminarium is a sculpture
people enter to be moved to a
sense of wonder at the beauty
of light and colour.
From the Guggenheim in Spain to the
Sydney Opera House in Australia, the
monumental and interactive walk–in
sculptures of Architects of Air, designed by
Alan Parkinson, have astounded audiences
across the globe.
The luminarium offers a dazzling
maze of winding paths, soaring domes
and scintillating light, creating a sense of
wonder and enchantment for all ages.
Visitors are transported and immersed
into an amazing world for a unique sensory Huge illuminated, mysterious creatures will roam the streets of Eyre Square to Spanish Arch
experience. Enter and be amazed. Galway this July. Friday 20 & Saturday 21 July
Wheelchair Accessible. Resembling an extinct species of skeletal pterodactyls, these 7.30pm, 10pm
luminous Birdmen can best be defined as a new species: the Sunday 22 July
Eyre Square Technosaurus — a creature from the past and the future combined! 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
20–28 July, 11am–8pm [last entry] Magical and hypnotic, these Birdmen are full of surprise. Come Free
€5 find out what they have to say.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Minimum of 1 adult with 4 children
Check online for full details

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Music | Canada

‘Rich, strange, endlessly Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Caribou
fascinating music.’
THE GUARDIAN

Dan Snaith’s Canadian outfit Caribou is regarded as one of the most Heineken Big Top
iconic and recognisable names on the contemporary electronic circuit. Fisheries Field
In 2010, they released the universally adored album Swim, which Saturday 28 July
was named ‘Album of the Year’ by Rough Trade, Mixmag and Resident Tickets €49.50
Advisor, while simultaneously hitting The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin and Standing
Mojo’s Top 20 albums of the year. Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
In 2012, Caribou joined Radiohead on tour and Dan released his first
album under the guise of his dance floor loving pseudonym, Daphni,
to widespread positive reviews. Following the shape shifting sounds
of Jiaolong and the brightly textured, fluid constructions of Swim, Dan
released Caribou’s next opus the Grammy nominated Our Love which
received widespread critical acclaim and again appeared on numerous
end of year Top 20 lists including The Guardian.
Caribou have spent the last three years touring with their energetic
and immersive live shows with sold out performances all over the world
including the Sydney Opera House and Glastonbury while providing
thrilling festival headline slots at among others Primavera, Field Day,
Parklife and Coachella.
With the promise of killer tunes Can’t Do Without You, Odessa,
Silver, Our Love, Melody Day and Sun sure to set the Festival Big Top
sizzling this summer, Caribou’s only Irish performance in 2018 is one
not to be missed.

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Gavin James

All Our Exes Live A powerhouse of charm and songwriting

in Texas prowess, the combination of four of Australia’s


finest singer–songwriters is indie–folk harmony
heaven.
‘Irresistible folk–pop’ 2017 saw the release of their critically–
THE AUSTRALIAN acclaimed debut When We Fall and were named
one of SXSW 2017’s ‘Top 15 Artists to Watch’
Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street by NPR. Brace yourself for intricate musicality,
Friday 27 July, 8.30pm heartbreaking honesty and melodies that soar,
from voices that truly captivate.
Tickets €14–€16
Standing. Over 18

Since the release of his debut album Bitter Pill, Gavin James has Heineken Big Top
sold over 2 million singles worldwide, amassed ½ billion streams on Fisheries Field
The Olllam The Lost Brothers Spotify and performed over 500 shows to over 3 million people at Friday 20 July
festivals and sold–out tours across US, Europe, Latin America, Asia Tickets €35
Famous for their trance–like melodies, stunning Not real siblings, Irish duo Oisin Leech and Mark and Australia.
instrumental virtuosity and magical marriage Standing
McCausland’s cabin in the woods–style folk
of tradition and technology, The Olllam, resting
The Bitter Pill, Say Hello, Nervous, and For You creator has Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
music is built on whispering harmonies, deft
somewhere between Radiohead and Planxty, amassed an army of fans around the globe with his ‘once in a
acoustic fingerpicking and wispy melodies that
have discovered a synergy within their diverse comfortably fit next to the Simon and Garfunkel
generation’ voice and emotionally–charged live performances.
musical backgrounds. The powerful rhythm He has also found fans in many of his fellow musical peers,
or Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy corner of your record
section of bassist Joe Dart [Vulfpeck] and
drummer Mike Shimmin is unique, whilst Tyler collection. supporting Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Kodaline and Sam Smith and ‘his voice is
Duncan and John McSherry on pipes and low
collaborating with Alan Walker [on the summer smash Tired] and absolutely
whistles are a melodic and harmonic dream. ‘Spellbinding’ Australian Hip Hop act Bliss n Eso [on the Aria Award nominated
astounding’
NME Moments].
STAT E
James had a massive 2017 and is set to be even bigger in 2018.
Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street His Galway gig will be another opportunity to see and hear one of
Tuesday 17 July, 8.30pm Thursday 26 July, 9pm Ireland’s brightest talents.
Tickets €20–€22.50 Tickets €20
Limited unreserved seating. Over 18 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

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Madness
With over thirty Top 40 hits in the UK including One Step Beyond, Heineken Big Top
Our House, It Must Be Love, Embarrassment and Baggy Trousers, Fisheries Field
Madness’ knock–out live shows are a frenzy of infectious tunes and Friday 27 July
timeless anthems. Tickets €59.50
The Nutty Boys, as they are commonly known, enjoy an Standing
unrivalled reputation as one of Britain’s most enduring live acts and Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
one of the most successful British acts of their generation. They
headlined The House of Common Festival in London’s Clapham
Common in 2016 and 2017, and wowed audiences when they
played the main stage at Electric Picnic last September.
Full House, The Very Best of Madness, a brand new compilation
was released in November of last year. Their latest studio album
Can’t Touch Us Now, which includes the poignant Amy Winehouse
tribute Blackbird, put them back in the Top 5 in the charts and
demonstrated why Madness are as relevant today as ever.

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Music | Ireland | England Music | China | India | Ireland

‘Superb’ HHHHH Camille O’Sullivan


THE GUARDIAN THE SCOTSMAN

Camille enjoys a formidable international


reputation for her intensely dramatic
interpretations of the songs of Brel, Cave, Waits,
Bowie and more. The multi award–winning
singer has stunned audiences around the
world with her 5 star sell–out performances,
including Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival
Hall, Edinburgh Fringe and the Royal Albert
Hall. She featured in The Telegraph’s Top 25
performances in 25 years of Later with Jools
Holland.
Dark, funny, fierce and mesmerizing, Camille
transforms each song into an intense, emotional
China National China National Traditional Orchestra, the world’s
and theatrical experience, drawing her audience Traditional Orchestra most celebrated and influential Chinese music
ensemble, makes its Irish debut to showcase
into a world illuminated by the dark and the concertmaster Tang Feng heritage works in a modern light. This 90–piece
light. Expect joy and pure passion.
conductor Liu Sha orchestra mesmerizes with traditional Chinese
instrumentation, beauty and artistry.
In recent years, the orchestra has pushed its
Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Venue TBC boundaries with its extensive repertoire of new
Wednesday 18 July, 9pm Check online for details from 18 June and traditional works, surprising audiences by
Tickets €28 Tuesday 24 July inviting them into a realm of a vibrant and re–
Limited unreserved seating. Over 18 Tickets €22–€25 imagined Chinese music experience.

Beardyman | Kevin Rowland [Dexy’s] DJ Set Wajahat Khan & Peadar Ó Riada
Continuing Traditions
‘A phenomenally gifted A leading light on the Beatbox scene, Beardyman has always An exciting new musical ensemble formed by the world–renowned St Nicholas’ Church
performer.’ pushed beatbox way beyond what most consider its limits. musicians Ustad Wajahat Khan and Peadar Ó Riada. Both artists are Lombard Street
H OT P R E SS O N B E A R DY M A N A uniquely gifted performer, he has performed all over the among the leading and most revered performers and composers of Tuesday 17 July, 10.30pm
world and toured with, among others, Groove Armada. Indian classical music and Irish traditional music respectively. They Tickets €22–€25
Using an ever–growing arsenal of sound manipulation are also sons of legendary fathers and continuing a family tradition
technology, he takes audiences on full–length musical of musicianship and composition which have greatly influenced
journeys, darting from exhilaratingly ad–hoc rave–ups, to the music of the current generation. They explore and bond their
Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street mash–ups of classic tunes. Followed by DJ set with Kevin musical traditions that evolved in their respective families for many
Saturday 28 July, 11pm Rowland, leader of the iconic Dexy’s Midnight Runners. generations in India and Ireland. The ensemble is comprised of six
Tickets €20 Rowland’s musical genius has made him a highly respected master musicians playing traditional instruments and percussion
Limited unreserved seating. Over 18 and in–demand DJ in clubs and festivals. from their respective genres.

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Music | USA | Northern Ireland | Ireland Music | Ireland

We Are Scientists Sharon Shannon


& Band
‘Outrageous sonic adventures.’
THE IRISH TIMES

This New York based power pop troupe True master of the accordion, Sharon Shannon
exploded onto the music scene with one of has recorded and toured with a veritable who’s
2005’s iconic indie dance rock records With who of the global music industry, including
Love & Squalor. Years of touring followed, and Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne,
a second album Brain Thrust Mastery, that John Prine, Steve Earle, The Chieftains, The
spawned now–classic nightlife anthem After Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and
Hours. They have performed on Later with Jools Shane MacGowan. Her 12 groundbreaking
Holland and have appeared on the main stage studio albums have mixed traditional Irish
at festivals around the world including Reading sounds with reggae, country, native American,
Leeds, Glastonbury, T in the Park and across bluegrass, rap, dance, African and French
Europe. Canadian. Winning the hearts and minds of
audiences around the world, Sharon Shannon
is undoubtedly the queen of traditional
Irish
music.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street


Tuesday 24 July, 8.30pm Tuesday 17 July, 9pm
Tickets €18–€20 Tickets €30
Standing. Over 18 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

‘Vocal flair and acoustic finesse’


GOLDEN PLEC

A I L B H E R E D DY
And So I Watch You Mongoose Ailbhe Reddy, Lilla Le Boom & LUMO
From Afar Vargen & Maria Kelly
Northern Ireland’s most compelling and Mongoose are a fierce female foursome who A triple–bill featuring Ailbhe Reddy [pictured] Le Boom is an electro–indie, house–pop duo
heart–stoppingly brilliant export. The band’s have taken the alternative folk scene by storm. whose addictive radio friendly hooks have based in Dublin. Formed in 2016 by Christy
passionate live show features joyous bubbling They are an amalgamation of styles, ranging made huge waves since the release of her Leech and Aimie Mallon they have brought
rhythmic anticipation, specks of electronica from pop and folk to jazz and trad. Influences debut EP Hollowed Out Sea which included her their live shows from New York to Reyjavik and
and what sounds like a thousand drumkits include Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac acclaimed, breakout single Distrust; the soft, Dublin to Galway. Their debut single, What We
chasing each other down the street in time. Add and Beyoncé. Festival appearances include soulful and evocative Lilla Vargen who set the Do, soundtracked the summer of 2017. Followed
gloriously warm layers of cascading vocals, and Body & Soul, Longitude and Electric Picnic. blogosphere alight with her acclaimed single by LUMO club night, with as much fondness for
what you get is an overwhelmingly warm feeling Their live shows feature an eclectic range of This Is Love, and the delicate blend of Maria Phil Collins as for Caribou.
and a great gig. instruments and beautifully crafted songs. Kelly’s atmospheric alt–folk.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street
Saturday 21 July, 8.30pm Sunday 29 July, 8.30pm Thursday 19 July, 8.30pm Saturday 28 July, 11.30pm
Tickets €18–€20 Tickets €10–€12.50 Tickets €12–€14 Tickets €10
Standing. Over 18 Standing. Over 18 Standing. Over 18 Standing. Over 18

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Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

The Flaming Lips


‘Joyous psychedelic extravaganzas’
THE GUARDIAN

‘Explosive spectacle’
PITCHFORK

Three–time Grammy Award winners and one of Q magazine’s ‘50 Heineken Big Top
Bands to See Before You Die’ The Flaming Lips have carved out a Fisheries Field
reputation as one of the world’s best live bands. Thursday 26 July
Highly original on record, The Flaming Lips have a massive Tickets €49.50
back catalogue of critically–acclaimed albums, including 1992’s Hit Standing
to Death in the Future Head; 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
Heart, 1995’s Clouds Taste Metallic; 1997’s experimental Zaireeka;
1999’s The Soft Bulletin; 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots;
2009’s Embryonic; 2013’s The Terror and their Fwends series of
albums featuring collaborations with artists such as Kesha, Miley
Cyrus, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Erykah Badu and Tame Impala.
With its harmonies and orchestrated sounds, their 1999
breakthrough The Soft Bulletin has been compared to the Beach
Boys’ Pet Sounds and was named both NME’s and Uncut’s Album
of the Year, and is widely considered one of the best albums this
century.
The Flaming Lips’ legendary 2010 performance on the Pyramid
Stage has gone down in the annals of Glastonbury history so it is
with much anticipation that we welcome them to the Heineken Big
Top for their only Irish gig of the summer.
Support from Le Galaxie.

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Music | Ireland Music | Ireland

Live @ Electric

AOIFE O’NEILL
HOLOVR

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

The Stunning
Shivers with Young Marco, Wolf Muller & Lerosa, HOLOVR & lastminuteman
Niklas Wandt & Gash Collective Boat Party

Globetrotting Dekmantel Festival mainstay Dublin based Italian DJ and producer Lerosa
Young Marco has gained recognition in recent brings his eclectic Disco stylings to the with special guests The Academic
years for his eclectic DJ sets. Also on the bill Festival. UK artist Jimmy Billingham aka
are German duo Wolf Muller and Niklas Wandt, HOLOVR performs the acid, techno, and With a string of memorable hits to their name, The Stunning make a Heineken Big Top
who released their debut album of tropical jazz ambient sounds that have laced his numerous welcome return to the Festival. The legendary live performers, who have Fisheries Field
Instrumentalmusik Von Der Mitte Der World earlier celebrated releases. A live set from Dublin’s always held a special place in the hearts of Irish music fans, provided the Sunday 22 July
this year to huge critical acclaim. Gash Collective lastminuteman rounds out a line–up brimming soundtrack to a generation of a fans during the 80s and 90s.
Tickets €35
founder and Corkonian Elll is on the warm up with quality. After a decade long absence, the band reformed and began touring again.
Most recently they have released Twice Around the World, a re–recorded, Standing
controls for rising star Deena Abdelwahed.
re–imagined version of their Number 1 album Once Around the World. Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
Ireland’s newest indie–rock sensation, The Academic burst on to the
Electric Garden & Theatre, Abbeygate Street Electric, Abbeygate Street
scene with a number of great tunes and amazing live shows leading to their
Friday 20 July, 11pm Saturday 21 July, 11pm
debut album reaching No 1 earlier this year.
Tickets €10–€15 Tickets €8–€10
P H OTO : K AT H R I N B AU M B AC H

New Jackson, R. Kitt & Barry Redsetta Moodymann, Intergalactic Gary,


Sync 24 & Aoife O’Neill
Thank You For The Music
a Sing Along Social special
New Jackson is Irish singer–songwriter David Living dance music legend Moodymann brings
Kitt’s electronic alias. He brings his machines to his smooth mix of Detroit party music, with
Electric for another storming live show. Also on support from The Disconauts. In the Garden,
the bill is up–and–coming younger sibling R. Kitt Dutch DJ Intergalactic Gary spins his tight The Sing Along Social is a zero–commitment Festival Club,
who will perform his high octane party. DJing blend of 80’s disco and machine music. UK choir. It’s a space to sing alongside friends Galway Rowing
upstairs is Irish clubbing mainstay Barry Redsetta. electro artist Sync 24 is joined by Cork’s Aoife and strangers, and last year your favourite Club, Waterside
O’Neill on the decks in Factory. Power Ballads, hosted by Aoife McElwain. Thursday 26 July,
Homes and lives were once shared by 8pm
members of both Abba and Fleetwood Mac,
Tickets €10
Electric Garden & Theatre, Abbeygate Street Electric Garden & Theatre, Abbeygate Street so tonight we have a sing off! Whose side are
Thursday 26 July, 11pm Saturday 28 July, 10pm you on? Become part of our chaotic choir
Tickets €8 Tickets €15–€20 and sing your heart out to your favourite
Abba and Fleetwood Mac tunes.

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Paddy Hanna HHHH ‘Gently intoxicating.’


& Sinead White THE GUARDIAN CLASH

A cult figure on the Dublin music scene, Paddy


has just released his new album, Frankly, I
Mutate. Hanna’s songwriting has always sat
somewhere between awkwardness and charm,
his songs rich and lavish, recalling the likes of
Jarvis Cocker and Scott Walker. Hanna has an
authenticity other musicians strive towards.
Sinéad White’s fresh approach to
songwriting is captivatingly charming and
Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh
uniquely powerful. Her floor–stomping tunes
leave audiences in awe. Featuring an amazing Walking on Cars
guitar style, accompanied by interesting,
profound and intelligent lyrics, all delivered
by a dynamic voice that is as dramatic as it is Armed with lyrics that veer between tenderness and anguish, lush Heineken Big Top
haunting. soundscapes that explode into colour, with vocals that roar of heartache Fisheries Field
Support from Dowry. and romantic longing, Walking on Cars are set to provide the soundtrack Saturday 21 July
to the summer when they play the Festival this July. Tickets €39.50
The double platinum selling Dingle five–piece caught music lovers’ Standing
Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street imagination in 2012 with their early singles. Their debut album Everything
‘Brilliantly distinctive’ Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
Sunday 22 July, 8.30pm This Way was released in January 2016 and went straight to No. 1 in Ireland
S U N DAY B U S I N E S S P O S T Tickets €10–€12.50 and made the Top 5 in seven countries.
Standing. Over 18 Support from Wyvern Lingo.

‘Irish music legends.’


HOT PRESS
HHHH
THE GUARDIAN

Something Happens Jerry Dammers DJ Set


One of the leading Irish bands of their Jerry Dammers is the founding member of The
generation and boasting an enviable back Specials, 2 Tone Records and more recently The
Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh
catalogue of Top 30 singles and 5 original Spatial AKA Orchestra.
albums, Something Happens continue to
perform to an adoring fan base.
He began DJing at the Wag Club with Paul
Weller at a benefit for the UK miners’ strike in
Kodaline
With a string of unforgettable classic 1984. He has built a sterling reputation as a DJ
hits including the infectious Hello Hello and with club sets of revival reggae and ska, with a One of Ireland’s biggest international successes, Kodaline return to the Heineken Big Top
Parachute, a Something Happens live show is little funk and rhythm and blues. Festival Big Top. Their multi–platinum selling debut album In A Perfect Fisheries Field
an unmissable trip down memory lane. World enjoyed massive success with their follow up Coming up for Air Thursday 19 July
building further on their reputation. Tickets €47.50
In 2016, they featured on Kygo’s global smash Raging and have worked Standing
Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street with a variety of world–renowned writers and producers including pop guru
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
Friday 20 July, 8.30pm Friday 27 July, 11pm Wayne Hector and Jonny Coffer [Beyoncé, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy and
Tickets €22–€24 Tickets €10 Two Inch Punch, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Sam Smith] on their new album.
Standing. Over 18 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18 Support from Ryan McMullan.
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‘Cut the gloom with joyous panache’


IRISH INDEPENDENT

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

The RTÉ Concert 2FM LIVE with Jenny Greene


Orchestra Festival Proms and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Conductor David Brophy Conductor Gavin Murphy
Soloist: Sinead Campbell–Wallace

An Invitation To The Dance Dance Anthems


Heineken Big Top An afternoon of popular foot–tapping classics with the RTÉ Concert 2FM Live with Jenny Greene & the RTÉ Concert Orchestra became Heineken Big Top
Fisheries Field Orchestra with leading Irish soprano Sinead Campbell–Wallace under the fastest selling music gig in Galway International Arts Festival’s Fisheries Field
Saturday 28 July the baton of David Brophy in the spectacular setting of the Festival Big 40–year history. Sunday 29 July
Tickets €25–€28 Top. Their 2017 Galway show featured live performances of 90’s club Tickets €49.50
Seated This year’s Festival Proms features Johann Strauss’ waltzes and classics hits complete with stunning visuals and special effects and Standing
Doors 1pm | Show 2pm
polkas to Bill Whelan’s Riverdance with some of the finest dance music was one of the highlights of the Festival Big Top last year. Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
from around the world; from the musical energy of Tchaikovsky and With the amazing Gemma Sugrue back on vocals and the Concert
other Russian favourites to the haunting beauty of a French pavane via Orchestra conductor Gavin Murphy once again at the helm, it is no
Kalinka and the Mexican Hat Dance! surprise that this Festival closing party is one of the hottest tickets of
the summer.
Support from Elaine Mai.

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Music | Ireland | USA Music | Ireland | England | Scotland

Seamus Fogarty Aidan Moffat & RM


& Junior Brother Hubbert, John Smith
Support by Siobhan Wilson
Seamus Fogarty is an evocative and thoughtful
lyricist and an electronic shape–shifter, layering
Scottish indie–folk power duo Aidan Moffat
songs in beats, loops, hisses, found sounds and
[Arab Strap] and RM Hubbert perform tracks off
bites of conversation. His storylines, delivered
their new album Here Lies The Body weaving
with rueful hindsight, are similarly surprising.
beautiful, spidery guitar work, haunting piano
His latest album, the truly magnificent The
lines with Moffat’s rich voice.
Curious Hand, elevates Fogarty into a whole
Acclaimed guitarist and singer–songwriter
new bracket of artists doing fascinatingly
John Smith’s guitar work and honey–on–gravel
skewed, modern and heartfelt things with roots–
vocals have brought crowds to pin–drop silence
influenced and electronic music.
and rapturous applause.
Junior Brother is an experimental singer
Support by Siobhan Wilson who creates
songwriter playing sometime humorous,
and entrancing, intimate atmosphere in her
sometimes heady tunes, well known for his
live shows with an enigmatic combination of
striking live performances.
her pure voice, mesmeric guitar playing and
trembling cello.
SEAMUS FOGARTY

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street

JOHN SMITH
Wednesday, 18 July, 8.30pm Monday 23 July, 8.30pm
Tickets €12.50–€15 Tickets €12.50–€15
Standing. Over 18 Standing. Over 18

‘Spellbinding’
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New Orleans Liam Ó Maonlaí & Tracy Bruen The Wedding Present
Swamp Donkeys Brendan O’Regan
Returning to the Festival this year are Louisana’s A very special event when four of Ireland’s Tracy Bruen is something of a modern day UK indie rock band The Wedding Present
finest New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. Masters leading musicians come together for a one– Renaissance woman. Singer, songwriter, pianist, celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of
of their unique style, a compelling mix of off collaborative concert with music from guitarist, band leader, theatre director and their seminal album Tommy.
traditional and modern jazz, blues and original around the world. Featuring Liam O’ Maonlai actor, her music blends and bends folk, prog Founded in 1985 in Leeds, they quickly
music, this rhythmic ensemble will transport you of Hothouse Flowers and the composer and roots and pop with classical and theatrical gained a reputation for bittersweet,
to a bustling New Orleans speakeasy. Frontman producer Brendan O’Regan who are joined influences to create epic compositions of power breathtakingly honest love songs immersed in
James Williams echoes the powerful delivery by multi–instrumentalist Floriane Blancke and and vulnerability. whirlwind guitars. They have found renewed
of Louis Armstrong as the group delivers hot, Altan’s Dermot Byrne, this gig promises to be international acclaim due to recent tours of
soulful, sweet New Orleans jazz. a truly memorable Festival night. Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street
Thursday 26 July, 5.30pm & 8.30pm Monday 16 July, 9pm Wednesday 25 July, 8.30pm Sunday 29 July, 9pm
Tickets €18–€20 Tickets €20 Tickets €10–€12.50 Tickets €30
Standing. 8.30pm show is over 18 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18 Limited unreserved seating. Over 18

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Music | Ireland | England | USA Music | Mali

Traditional Music Showcases Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh

Conor Connolly [accordion] The Traditional Music Showcases bring together


Amadou & Mariam
Ronan Flaherty [fiddle] some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians,
& Brian McGrath [piano, banjo] many of whom are joining forces especially for
Thursday 19 July, 1pm these Festival concerts. All of the concerts in
this lunchtime series take place in Monroe’s Live,
Manus Maguire [fiddle] Dominick Street. All leading exponents of their
& Gary O’Briain [mandocello, guitar] respective instruments, the Festival’s Traditional
Friday 20 July, 1pm Music Showcases are a little bit of musical
magic to kick off your Festival day.
Jesse Smith [fiddle]
& Sean Gavin [uilleann pipes, flute]
Saturday 21 July, 1pm

Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin with


Steve Johnston [guitar] and friends
Sunday 22 July, 1pm

DEIRBHILE NI BHROLCHÁIN
Backwest
Thursday 26 July, 1pm

The Invisible Jug Band ‘An extraordinary show. Joyous


Friday 27 July, 1pm
mix of Afropop and desert blues.’
THE GUARDIAN
Jason O’Rourke [concertina]
Teresa Clarke [fiddle] Traditional Music Showcases
& Michael Sands [guitar] Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street
World music superstars, Amadou & Mariam bring their unique mix of Heineken Big Top
Saturday 28 July, 1pm Tickets €10
Malian pop and Hendrix–flavored blues–rock to the Festival Big Top Fisheries Field
stage for their only Irish performance this year. Wednesday 18 July

The McCarthy Family


The Bamako–born husband and wife have risen through the African Tickets €27–€30
and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music Seated
acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
The McCarthy Family feature Jacqueline
Keys, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Scissor Sisters, Red Hot Chili Peppers
[concertina], Marion [uilleann pipes and whistle],
and Damon Albarn.
Bernadette [fiddle and piano] and Tommy Junior
Recordings such as Dimanche A Bamako [Manu Chao, producer];
[fiddle] who were all born in London to Irish
Welcome to Mali, and Folila broadened Amadou & Mariam’s
parents who had emigrated to England from the
international appeal by introducing African soul to electro–pop, art–
west of Ireland in the early 1950s. With their late
rock and hip–hop. Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia have toured
father Tommy, the renowned pipes and fiddle
the world for over 30 years, with their ‘spine–tingling harmonies that
player, they performed extensively throughout
make the music soar’ [Spin], played the main stage at Glastonbury,
Ireland and the UK including the Royal Albert
supported Blur at Hyde Park and performed at the Nobel Peace Prize
Hall, London.
concert in honour of Barack Obama.
Their latest album La Confusion sees Mali’s most popular artists
Monroe’s Live, Dominick Street return to stake their claim as two of Africa’s most successful musical
Thursday 19 July, 9pm ambassadors of the 21st century.
Tickets €20

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Visual Arts | Scotland Festival Commission

David Mach
Rock ‘n’ Roll

Festival Gallery Galway International Arts Festival has commissioned the


Market Street Turner Prize–nominated artist David Mach to create one of his
16–29 July, 11am–6pm gargantuan newspaper installations, just the second of its kind
Late opening to 8pm in 15 years.
Thursday–Saturday Exploding through the gallery walls and floor like a wave of
Free
paper, engulfing numerous objects in its wake, this large–scale
installation will create an organic volume of colour and texture,
characteristic of the artist’s work.
Backstage at the Festival
Mach’s previous installations have featured objects such as
18 July, 2pm
cars, furniture and aeroplanes including Incoming, pictured here,
Gallery talk with the artist which was exhibited at the Griffin Gallery, London last year.
Mach’s sensational 2012 GIAF exhibition Precious Light which
featured the enormous crucifixion sculpture Golgotha, made
from steel and wire coat hangers, enjoyed a record–breaking
audience of over 30,000 visitors in 15 days.
A number of additional sculptures and collages will also be
exhibited.

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Visual Arts | Ireland Visual Arts | England

Deirdre O’Mahony Sarah Hickson


Speculative Optimism Sounds Unseen
A Photographic Memoir of The Calais Sessions
O’Donoghue Centre Speculative Optimism is the title of the essay film Deirdre
NUI Galway O’Mahony produced from research she conducted while artist– Between December 2015 and May 2016, photographer Sarah Hickson Festival Gallery

16–29 July, 11am–6pm in–residence at the University of Reading Museum of English Rural made a number of visits to the temporary refugee camps of Northern Market Street

Late opening to 8pm Life in 2017. France to photograph ‘The Calais Sessions’ – a live music project 16–29 July, 11am–6pm
Her research began with the proposition: is ‘carbon–neutral’ among musicians living in the UK, the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais and the Late opening to 8pm
Thursday–Saturday
beef possible? Agricultural research at the University tested the Grande–Synthe in Dunkirk. Thursday–Saturday
Free
effect of different kinds of forage on animal and soil health and on For the refugees she met, ‘The Calais Sessions’ provided a Free
levels of methane produced by livestock. welcome opportunity to tell their stories, to play and share the music
Shot in the Museum’s archives, on Reading University Farm, from their homelands, or to pick up an instrument and join with other
and a farm specialising in the production of heritage seed musicians. Sounds Unseen: A Photographic Memoir of The Calais
varieties, this project investigated historical references to forages Sessions chronicles the evolution of this remarkable collaboration
like Sainfoin and the Museum’s extensive collection of films and celebrates a vital human connection forged through the common
produced to promote agricultural efficiency. voice of music.
Deirdre O’Mahony’s work is grounded in collaborative The exhibit Sounds Unseen was commissioned and produced by
engagements with different rural publics and contexts. Public art St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York.
projects include X–PO, a defunct rural post–office, re–imagined as
a social and cultural public exchange space.
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Jennifer Cunningham is a
visual artist who works in a
wide range of media.
For this exhibition the
artist has developed a
body of work investigating
the ways in which modern
realms of collective
pleasure decay. Abandoned
fairgrounds, overgrown
glass houses, untended car
parks, ghostly figures and
derelict hotels all hint at
recent economic struggles
but also suggest the cycle
of change and renewal
in which places become

Jennifer Cunningham spaces and vice versa.

After the Future


Festival Gallery
Market Street
16–29 July, 11am–6pm Galway Arts Centre and Galway International Arts Festival

Domestic Godless
Late opening to 8pm
Thursday–Saturday
IMAGE: HOTEL BY JENNIFER CUNNINGHAM
PHOTO: JENNIFER CUNNINGHAM Free

Impressions
Printmaking Beyond
the Frame
Impressions highlights the varying aspects
of contemporary printmaking.
As traditional boundaries are pushed
and explored, artists known for their new
and innovative approaches demonstrate
advanced technologies of 3D printing and Following the publication of their book of the same name, Cork–based Galway Arts Centre
inkjet, alongside traditional processes. collective The Domestic Godless return to the Galway Arts Centre to 47 Dominick Street Lower
inhabit the space for two weeks, exposing their irreverent attitude to 16–29 July, 10am–5pm
contemporary food culture as visual artists. Their occupation of the Free
building will include slide shows, menus, sculptures and a custom–
Centre For The Creative Arts & Media built kitchen.
Cluain Mhuire, GMIT, Further to the exhibition, they will host a number of talks,
Monivea Road complete with taster–samples of both their classic and more recent
16–29 July, 11am–6pm preparations including; the 14–allergen layer cake, a guide to post–
Free industrial foraging and aperitifs designed to combat predatory sexual
behaviour in intoxicated males.
Commissioned by Crawford Art Gallery and supported by the Arts
IMAGE: MEMENTO MORI BY ANDREW FOLAN Council Touring Award.
PHOTO: ANDREW FOLAN

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Art of Protest
In the Art of Protest, artist and curator Dean
Kelly has brought together a number of
contemporary Irish and Irish based artists
who have made social commentary, satire,
political narrative, street art or campaigning
graphics important, or even central, parts of
their artistic output.
The show includes Brian Maguire’s
extraordinary haunting imagery of war–
devastated Aleppo and also features the
work of Robert Ballagh, Jim Fitzpatrick, Áine
Phillips, Ruby Wallace and Dolores Lyne
amongst others.

Kenny Gallery
Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road
16–28 July, 9am–5pm
Closed Sunday 22 July

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Ronnie Hughes
and Evgeniya
Martirosyan
Outflow
Hughes’ elegant and poised works are
executed with complex technical skill, yet
Ghost Chapel
retain a lightness of touch. While his finished
paintings display a diversity of styles, at heart Off the Connemara coast, a 6th–century cyclopean stone chapel Claddagh Basin
they share a common concern with the lived clings to an uninhabited island known as St. MacDara. On the 16th of 16–29 July, 11am–10pm
experience, and what Hughes has described July each year [the opening day of GIAF 2018], a pilgrimage is made Free
as ‘the beauty, the fragility and the violence to the island on a flotilla of boats for a celebration of mass and the
of being.’ blessing of boats. Backstage at the Festival
Martirosyan’s current body of work Working within Niall McLaughlin’s and Michiko Sumi’s Unit 17 22 July, 2pm
stems from her interest in modern science at the Bartlett School of Architecture, students constructed Ghost
Gallery talk with
and philosophy and represents an intuitive Chapel, a web–like structural negative of the existing St. MacDara’s
response to concepts of time, matter, chaos Niall McLaughlin, architect
Chapel, solidifying the gaps of the drystone construction whilst
and transformation. Festival Gallery, Market
letting light fill the space where the stones should be.
Curated by Stephan Roche. Ghost Chapel will sit on Galway’s famous Claddagh Basin with Street
the accompanying exhibition Taking Time on show within the Festival
126, St. Bridget’s Place, Woodquay
Hub at the Festival Gallery.
16–29 July, 11am–6pm. Free
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Catherine Corless is the local


historian who painstakingly
researched infant mortality in
the Tuam and Bessborough
Mother and Baby Homes,
which ultimately led to the
establishment of the Mother
and Baby Homes Commission
of Investigation, the work of
which is ongoing. She will be
in conversation with Catriona
Crowe on her work, and what
work remains to be done.
Professor Diarmaid Ferriter will
provide a historical context.

Mother and Baby Homes Aula Maxima, NUI Galway


Saturday 21 July, 11.30am
Tickets €10

Home Slave to the Cyberhomes


President Michael D. Higgins Algorithm
Aula Maxima Michael D. Higgins has been President of Ireland since 2011, and The rise of the algorithm and its influence At home on social media, a comfortable home
NUI Galway is one of the most popular presidents in the history of the state. on our lives has come strongly into focus in for our money in Bitcoin and a safe home for all
Saturday 21 July, 10am A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic the light of recent research. From helping our personal details?
and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive reaffirming our biases whether we are left wing, Recent revelations about Facebook as a tool
Free with ticket from Box office
right wing or just plain extreme, to identifying for political and advertising propaganda, the
citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, he
the perfect match, the role of the algorithm in phenomenon of Wikileaks and the revelations of
has previously served at almost every level of public life in
our lives has ignited a worldwide debate on the Edward Snowden have woken many of us up to
Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and
structures underpinning our online choices. the realities of online where it turns out that we
the Gaeltacht. But how much do we really understand? ourselves are often the product.
He has addressed all of the significant international Professor Mathieu D’Aquin NUI Galway will Learn more about the perils of social media,
assemblies, including the United Nations, and with his wife enlighten us, and author Lucy McDiarmid will the potential dangers of Bitcoin and just who
Sabina Higgins, has made Áras an Uachtaráin a welcoming read from her memoir on online dating. might be looking at your data from two well–
environment for all sections of Irish society. Chair: Natalie Harrower, Digital Repository known novelists, and eminent writers on these
The President will launch the First Thought Talks strand of of Ireland. subjects, Andrew O’Hagan and John Lanchester.
Galway International Arts Festival with a meditation on the idea
of Home, the animating theme of this year. Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Aula Maxima, NUI Galway
Saturday 21 July, 1pm Saturday 21 July, 2.30pm
Tickets €10 Tickets €10
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Housing Crisis The Living Lands


Why can’t Ireland Solve ‘Where the land ends with a sheer drop
its Housing Crisis? You can see three stepping stones out
of Europe.’
Our governments, although constantly SEAMUS HEANEY
implementing new initiatives, do not seem
to be able to tackle the problem with any The islands of Ireland have exercised a mythical
effectiveness. The social consequences and hold on the country’s imagination since the
human suffering arising from this issue make it Gaelic revival. Somehow island people were the
an emergency requiring immediate progress. most ‘Irish’ of all.
What do we need to do to make that happen? Author and historian Diarmaid Ferriter
A panel of expert speakers will talk about delves into the real lives of islanders in his
the different aspects of a complex problem forthcoming book on the islands of Ireland in
with a view to generating light rather than heat: the 20th century and reveals stories, patterns
Diarmaid Ferriter, UCD; Niamh Hourigan, UCC; and new perspectives not seen before.
Frank MacDonald, author; and Niamh Randall, Chair: Gearoid O’Tuathaigh, Professor
Simon. Chair: David McCullough, RTÉ. Emeritus in History NUI Galway.

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway Aula Maxima, NUI Galway


Saturday 21 July, 4pm Sunday 22 July, 10am
Tickets €10 Tickets €10

R OY F O ST E R
Institutional Homes The Fictional Home The Skelligs When All Is Ruin
Sebastian Barry ‘The Skelligs are pinnacled, crocketed, Once Again
spired, arched, caverned, minaretted;…
Mental illness continues to take its toll on Irish Sebastian Barry, Ireland’s Laureate for Fiction, I tell you the thing does not belong to
people as we move from the highly populated has created many homes in his novels,
any world that you and I have lived and ‘Ballyphallus, Yeats’s phallic symbol on the
mental hospitals [lunatic asylums as they were ranging from Annie Dunne’s home, to the
worked in: it is part of our dream world.’ bogs.’
called in the 19th century], of the past to a place mental hospital in The Secret Scripture to the
G E O R G E B E R N A R D S H AW, 1 9 1 0 EZRA POUND
where treatments are better but facilities are battlefields in Days Without End to the Dublin
scarce. tenements in A Long Long Way. He will discuss
Edward Bourke, OPW archaeologist on the Thoor Ballylee, the Hiberno–Norman
Professor Brendan Kelly, psychiatrist and these fictional dwellings and their relationships
Skelligs 1993 to 2003, on life in the Beehive towerhouse near Gort in Galway, bought by WB
author of the definitive history of mental illness to real places, and read relevant passages from
huts, the strategic importance of the Skelligs Yeats in 1917 for his new wife George Hyde–
treatment in Ireland, Hearing Voices: The History the novels.
monastery, and the lives of later inhabitants Lees, was where Yeats wrote some of his best
of Psychiatry in Ireland, will talk about his In conversation with Catriona Crowe,
of the islands, such as lighthouse keepers and work. He wrote of it: ‘Everything is so beautiful
research into Irish mental health. Curator of First Thought Talks.
archaeologists. And Star Wars... that to go elsewhere is to leave beauty behind.’
Chair: Alice Mauger, the author of The Cost
Chair: Catriona Crowe, Curator of First Professor Roy Foster, acclaimed biographer
of Insanity in Nineteenth–Century Ireland: Public,
Thought Talks. of Yeats, will talk about his favourite dwelling.
Voluntary and Private Asylum Care.
Chair: Dr, Adrian Paterson, NUI Galway.

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Saturday 21 July, 6pm Saturday 21 July, 8pm Sunday 22 July, 11.30am Sunday 22 July, 1pm
Tickets €10 Tickets €10 Tickets €10 Tickets €10
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Memories of Home

Poetry can often capture vivid apprehensions


of dwellings and other locations, as well as
abstract ideas like home, better than prose. Four
of our finest female poets will discuss the theme
of home and homes and read from their work on
the topic. They are Paula Meehan, Vona Groarke,
Martina Evans and Rita Ann Higgins.
Chair: Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry
Ireland.
Blackbird Between 2008 and the poet’s death in 2013,
Andrew O’Hagan and Karl Miller, the founder
A Memory of of the London Review of Books, made trips
to Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland —

Aula Maxima, NUI Galway


Seamus Heaney including a famous trip to the Aran Islands
— with their friend Seamus Heaney. Andrew
Sunday 22 July, 2.30pm Aula Maxima, NUI Galway O’Hagan will deliver, for the first time in
Tickets €10 Sunday 22 July, 7pm Ireland, a talk on those travels, on memory and
Tickets €10 friendship, and a shared love of poems.
Chair: Roy Foster, historian, Yeats
S E A M U S H E A N E Y, K A R L M I L L E R A N D A N D R E W O ’ H A G A N
biographer and currently writing a book about
PHOTO: JEREMY SUTTON–HIBBERT Seamus Heaney.
PAUL A MEEHAN

Europe’s Fault Lines


What is Happening to our
The Vibrant House Home Is Where You European Home?
Start From
Lucy McDiarmid, Editor of The Vibrant House, Theo Dorgan, poet, novelist, travel writer and Liz Fekete is the Director of the Institute of Race
a collection of essays, poems and images of broadcaster grew up in a working–class house Relations where she has worked for the last
Irish writers’ concepts and memories of home, in Cork City with a family of thirteen. He has thirty years. She writes and speaks extensively
explores poems by Paula Meehan and Vona written a luminous essay about the house and on aspects of contemporary racism, refugee
Groarke with a direct bearing on homes they his relationship to it, which appears in The rights, far–right extremism and Islamophobia
have lived in. The two poets will read relevant Vibrant House, edited by Lucy McDiarmid and across Europe.
poems. Rhona Richman Kenneally. He will talk about the An expansive investigation of the ways in
Chair: Maureen Kennelly, Poetry Ireland. house, its inhabitants, and the effect of these which a newly–configured right interconnects
experiences on his writing. with anti–democratic and illiberal forces at the
Chair: Dr. Sarah–Anne Buckley, NUI Galway. level of the state, her new book Europe’s Fault
Lines provides much–needed answers, revealing
some uncomfortable truths.
Chair: Dave O’Connell, Journalist.

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Sunday 22 July, 4pm Sunday 22 July, 5.30pm Sunday 22 July, 8.30pm
Tickets €10 Tickets €10 Tickets €10

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An Unimaginable Grow Your Own


Home Home
Tomi Reichental was born in 1935 in TED Fellow, architect and urban designer
Czechoslovakia. He was sent to Bergen–Belsen Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for
concentration camp in 1944. He has lived in sustainable, organic architecture: eco–friendly
Dublin since 1959 and regularly talks to Irish abodes grown from plants and — wait for it —
schools about his wartime experiences. meat. Joachim is the founder of the non–profit
A documentary about Tomi’s attempts to green design group Terreform and a leader
meet one of his jailers, Close to Evil, has been in the ‘urbaneering’ movement, which invites
shown on TV and in cinemas throughout the communities to participate in urban design
world and helped again to raise the profile of projects. He will be joined in conversation with
the Holocaust. Frank Monagan, Architecture at the Edge.
He will be in conversation with Saul
Woolfson, a human rights lawyer with a long–
Aula Maxima, NUI Galway
term interest in Irish–Jewish identity.
Saturday 28 July, 6pm
Tickets €10

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Saturday 28 July, 2pm


Tickets €10

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The Calais Camps

Photographer Sarah Hickson made a number


of visits to the Calais Camps in France to
document a unique music project organised
by cellist Vanessa Lucas–Smith who wanted to
show a different side of the camp.
The result was the album The Calais
Druid Debuts Vinyl Hours
Sessions and Hickson’s exhibition Sounds It’s not theatre until someone’s watching… Druid Festival artists reveal their most treasured vinyl
Unseen. Sarah Hickson will discuss her time in Debuts staged readings offer the chance to memories at the Festival Garden. Join Tiernan
the ‘Jungle’, an illegal home for 10,000 refugees experience work fresh off the page and to share Henry in conversation with special guests who
which was disbanded in 2016. an open discussion with the writer, director and play and speak about their favourite albums
Chair: Judy Murphy, journalist. cast. It is a chance to see and shape new Irish and what stirs within them, fun, heartbreak and
work. revolution.
Many readings have gone on to full From teenage kicks to first loves and musical
productions including Furniture by Sonya Kelly idolatry to rock and roll, spend an hour on an
and Shelter by Cristín Kehoe, both at GIAF this aural journey of classical vinyl records.
year. You never know what you’ll see!
Aula Maxima, NUI Galway
Full details online from 18 June.
Saturday 28 July, 4pm
Tickets €10 The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane Festival Garden, Eyre Square
20 & 27 July, 12noon Check online for details from 18 June
PHOTO: SARAH HICKSON Tickets €7 Free
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Terry Alderton

‘Comedy thrill of a lifetime’


THE SCOTSMAN

Seamlessly blending reality and fantasy,


Terry Alderton: The Musical takes you on
a wild ride. The award–winning comedian
presents an action–packed show packed with
songs, jokes and impressions. Expect the
unexpected, as, in Terry’s unique and singular
style, nothing is ever quite as it seems.

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Australian tour. Heralded as ‘uproariously funny’ Foil Arms and Hog, Neil Delamere, Alison
by the Sunday Independent, no topic is safe as Spittle, Colm O Regan, Karl Spain and David
he tackles everything from religion to hangry McSavage, all under the tutelage of MC Gerry
hangovers with perfectly wicked comic timing. Mallon. Check online for daily schedule.

Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street The Ruby Room, The King’s Head
Monday 16 July, 8:30pm 16–29 July, 1pm [Doors 12.30pm]
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2 Festival Box Office Forster Street 16 Festival Gallery & Hub Market Street
Enjoy a cocktail on the deck of the waterside 3 Town Hall Theatre Courthouse Square 17 Eyre Square
Festival Club with spectacular views of the Festival 4 Black Box Theatre Dyke Road 18 Galway Arts Centre 47 Dominick Street
Big Top under the midnight sky. 5 Mick Lally Theatre Druid Lane 19 Electric Abbeygate Street
As artists rub shoulders with audiences, and DJs
6 Festival Club Waterside 20 Claddagh Basin Claddagh
spin your favourite sounds late into the night, what
7 Nun’s Island Theatre Nun’s Island 21 Festival Kiosk Eyre Square
more could one want to bring a perfect Festival day
8 Waterside Woodquay 22 126 Gallery St Bridget’s Place, Woodquay
to a close.
9 St Nicholas’ Church Lombard Street 23 Aula Maxima NUI Galway
Festival Club, Galway Rowing Club, Woodquay 10 An Taibhdhearc Middle Street 24 Bank of Ireland Theatre NUI Galway
17–29 July 11 Cluain Mhuire GMIT, Monivea Road 25 O’Donoghue Centre and Theatre NUI Galway
10.30pm 12 Róisín Dubh Dominick Street 26 Bailey Allen Hall NUI Galway
Entry with same day Festival ticket or Club Members. 13 Monroe’s Live Dominick Street 27 Festival Garden Eyre Square
Subject to house rules and capacity. 14 The King‘s Head High Street 28 Kenny Gallery Líosbán, Tuam Road

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FESTIVAL DIARY 2018 T H E AT R E , O P E R A & C I R C U S   S P E C TAC L E & ST R E E T A RT   MUSIC  VISUAL ARTS  TA L KS  C O M E DY

EVENT PAGE VENUE PREVIEWS MON 16 TUE 17 WED 18 THURS 19 FRI 20 SAT 21 SUN 22 MON 23 TUES 24 WED 25 THURS 26 FRI 27 SAT 28 SUN 29

Festival Garden 1 Eyre Square 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm 12noon–10pm

Incantata 4–5 Town Hall Theatre 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm & 8pm 8pm 2pm & 8pm 6pm & 9pm 6pm & 9pm

Backbone 6–7 Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm

The Fall 8–9 Black Box Theatre 7pm 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm

Furniture 10 Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane 12 & 14 July 8pm 5pm 8pm 5pm 8pm 5pm 5pm & 8pm 5pm 8pm 5pm 8pm 5pm

Shelter 11 Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane 13 & 14 July 8pm 5pm 8pm 5pm 8pm 3pm & 8pm 8pm 5pm 8pm 5pm 8pm 3pm & 8pm

Orfeo ed Euridice 12–13 Town Hall Theatre 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow 14–15 Black Box Theatre 7pm 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm 7pm 2pm & 7pm

Humans 16–17 Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm

Flight 18–19 O'Donoghue Theatre, NUI Galway 6pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm 12.45pm–9pm

Gardens Speak 20 Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway 1pm–7pm 1pm–7pm 1pm–7pm 12noon–8pm 12noon–8pm 12noon–8pm 12noon–8pm

Office 33A 21 O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm

Baoite 22 An Taibhdhearc 12–14 July 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm

Class 23 An Taibhdhearc 8pm 8pm 2pm & 8pm 8pm 2pm & 8pm 6pm

Cloud Study 24 Festival Gallery 7.30pm & 9pm 9pm

Wit 24 Nun's Island Theatre 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm 4.30pm

Port Authority 25 Nun's Island Theatre 14 July 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm & 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm & 8pm 8pm

The People Build 26 Eyre Square | Waterside 11am–4pm 11am–4pm 3pm & 6pm

Museum of the Moon 27 Various Venues Check online for details 16–29 July Check online for details 16–29 July

Miracoco Luminarium 28 Eyre Square 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm

Birdmen 29 Eyre Square to Spanish Arch 7.30pm & 10pm 7.30pm & 10pm 2pm, 4pm & 6pm

Caribou 30–31 Heineken Big Top 8pm

All Our Exes Live in Texas 32 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

The Olllam 32 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

The Lost Brothers 32 Monroe's Live 9pm

Gavin James 33 Heineken Big Top 8pm

Madness 34–35 Heineken Big Top 8pm

Camille O'Sullivan 36 Monroe's Live 9pm

Beardyman & Kevin Rowland 36 Monroe's Live 11pm

China National Traditional Orchestra 37 Venue TBC TBC

Continuing Traditions 37 St. Nicholas' Church 10.30pm

We Are Scientists 38 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

And So I Watch You From Afar 38 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

Mongoose 38 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

Sharon Shannon & Band 39 Monroe's Live 9pm

Reddy, Vargen & Kelly 39 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

Le Boom & LUMO 39 Róisín Dubh 11.30pm

The Flaming Lips | Le Galaxie 40–41 Heineken Big Top 8pm

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EVENT PAGE VENUE MON 16 TUE 17 WED 18 THURS 19 FRI 20 SAT 21 SUN 22 MON 23 TUES 24 WED 25 THURS 26 FRI 27 SAT 28 SUN 29

Marco | Muller & Wandt | Gash 42 Electric 11pm

Lerosa | HOLOVR & lastminuteman 42 Electric 11pm

New Jackson | Redsetta 42 Electric 11pm


Moodymann & Intergalactic G |
42 Electric 10pm
Sync 24 & O'Neill
The Stunning | The Academic 43 Heineken Big Top 8pm

Thank You For The Music 43 Festival Club, Galway Rowing Club 8pm

Paddy Hanna & Sinead White 44 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

Something Happens 44 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

Jerry Dammers 44 Monroe's Live 11pm

Walking on Cars 45 Heineken Big Top 8pm

Kodaline 45 Heineken Big Top 8pm

RTÉ CO Festival Proms 46 Heineken Big Top 2pm

2FM Live, Jenny Greene & RTÉ CO 47 Heineken Big Top 8pm

Seamus Fogarty & Junior Brother 48 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys 48 Róisín Dubh 5.30pm & 8.30pm

Liam Ó Maonlaí & Brendan O'Regan 48 Monroe's Live 9pm

Moffat & Hubbert | Smith | Wilson 49 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

Tracy Bruen 49 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

The Wedding Present 49 Monroe's Live 9pm

Traditional Music Showcases 50 Monroe's Live 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm

The McCarthy Family 50 Monroe's Live 9pm

Amadou & Mariam 51 Heineken Big Top 8pm

David Mach 52–53 Festival Gallery 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm

Deirdre O'Mahony 54 O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm

Sarah Hickson 55 Festival Gallery 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm

Jennifer Cunningham 56 Festival Gallery 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–8pm 11am–6pm

Impressions 56 Cluain Mhuire 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm

Domestic Godless 57 Galway Arts Centre 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm 10am–5pm

The Art of Protest 58 Kenny Gallery 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm 9am–5pm

Hughes & Martirosyan 58 126 Gallery 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm 11am–6pm

Ghost Chapel 59 Claddagh Quay 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm 11am–10pm

First Thought Talks 60–67 Various Venues Pages 60–67 Pages 60–67 Pages 60–67

Vinyl Hours 67 Festival Garden, Eyre Square Check online for details Check online for details

Druid Debuts 67 Mick Lally Theatre 12noon 12noon

Terry Alderton 68 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

Danny O’Brien 68 Róisín Dubh 8.30pm

Laughter Loft 68 The King’s Head 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm

Festival Club 74 Festival Club, Galway Rowing Club 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm

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