Galway Arts Festival
Artists and audiences from all over the world descend on this beautiful western Irish town for the very best of Irish and international art.
The Galway Arts Festival features theatre, dance, music, comedy, street theatre, children's events and visual arts. It is spread over a range of locations and there is also a popular Festival Big Top, launched in 2008.
Galway is famous for being a festival on a manageable, human scale. The networks of picturesque alleyways down on the quayside are bustling and vibrant during the festival days, and there are over 250 shows to choose from, but it is not a city which feels overwhelmed by the culture on offer.
Previous years' festivals have featured over 400 artists, writers, performers and musicians from Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, Serbia, Singapore, Canada and the USA.