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Hotel Meyrick - Eyre Square

The Galway International Arts Festival takes place over two weeks in July each year. This year they are celebrating their 40th festival which runs from Monday 17th July to Sunday 30th July. The festival features a wealth of theatre, music, comedy, visual art, dance, and literary events from artists from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, as well as Ireland and Galway. Free events also take place throughout the city with some in Eyre Eyre Square right on the doorstep of Hotel Meyrick .

Amongst the Irish highlights of this year's festival is the world premiere of The Second Violinist a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, a Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera production. The opera is a first for the 40-year-old Festival. 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.

We have a special Galway International Arts Festival Package with two trickets to the The Second Violinist valid for stays on 26th or 27th July. Click below link to see rates.

 There are many other wonderful events and performances taking place during the Galway International Arts Festival such as a new short Bathroom by Enda Walsh presented in a gallery setting and featuring the voice of Tom Vaughan Lawlor; the Druid production of Crestfall by Mark O’Rowe; 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.


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.
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