Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival is a non-profit organisation and is an incorporated company limited by guarantee.  Currently a board of seven non-executive directors oversee the activities of the company with a full-time management team of six. The team is supported by 90 contract staff and 250 volunteers.

Founded in 1978 the festival is now Ireland’s largest arts festival and a major flagship event for the west of Ireland. The festival is multidisciplinary in nature with a programme that features, theatre, dance, music, street spectacle, visual arts, comedy and a talks programme.

In recent years, in addition to presenting work, the organisation has engaged in a strategy of producing and developing new work. The majority of this work, usually developed in partnership with other companies, tours nationally and internationally.

In 2015 Galway International Arts Festival had over 200,000 attendances at 356 performances, exhibitions and talks in 27 venues over the course of two weeks in July. This represents the Festival’s largest attendance to date and resulted in a direct economic impact to the local economy of €23.8 M.