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House Recommendations Galway International Arts Festival

Saturday, 14 July 2018
House Recommendations Galway International Arts Festival

The Galway International Arts Festival kicks off TODAY and we quite simply cannot wait. It’s one of our favourite Galway festivals and as you will soon tell… we fit a lot in! Here's how we're planning on spending the two weeks.  

Monday, 16th July
It’s day 1 and we’re off to our neighbours The Mick Lally Theatre as guests of Druid Theatre for their performance of Furniture. This is one of two Druid shows, the second being Shelter, at this years Galway International Arts Festival. Furniture is a playful new piece about perceptions and possessions. Told through the lives of six individuals, this fresh, new comedy looks at how the things we own shape our world view and even ourselves. Written by Sonya Kelly, Furniture is a new Irish play with a lot to say about who we think we are. 

Tuesday, 17th July
'Circus at its best. Extraordinary.' - Sydney Morning Herald
Taking place at the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway, 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 teamwork and choreography, Backbone is described as being utterly charming, contagiously joyful, and a thrilling high-octane exploration of human strength. From the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Australian circus troupe Gravity & Other Myths, this frenetic celebration of human inter connectedness tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective. 

Wednesday,18th July
Wednesday takes us to one of our favourite Galway theatres, The Town Hall Theatre, for the production of Incantata. Described as a deeply moving story of love and loss, Paul Muldoon’s Incantata promises to be one of the Irish theatrical highlights of 2018. The world premiere of this major new play stars one of Ireland's leading actors, Stanley Townsend.
'It's a rollercoaster ride of a show. Funny one minute, tragic the next; it’s about trying to make something good from grief. Anyone watching will take a lot from it." - Sam Yates, Incantata director 

Thursday, 19th July
Our first trip to the Heineken Big Top! Kodaline, one of Ireland’s biggest international successes, take to the stage for one night only. Portaferry native Ryan McMullan will play support to Kodaline on the night.
*This event is already sold out 

Friday, 20th July
The People's Build & Gavin James
Back by popular demand! Following on from the huge success of Olivier Grossetete’s 2017 construction of the Aula Maxima in Eyre Square, the artist returns this year with two large scale projects!
Friday evening and it’s back to the Heineken Big Top for the return of Gavin James.

Saturday, 21st July
First Thought Talks & Birdmen
We are lucky enough to have nabbed tickets to the first of this year’s First Thought Talks with none other than our President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at NUI Galway. A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, he has previously served at almost every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

Later on in the evening don’t miss the street spectacle, Birdmen. The Galway International Arts Festival street spectacles are always an annual highlight with thousands lining the streets throughout the city.  

Sunday, 22nd July
The Ghost Chapel & The Stunning
Based on the existing St. MacDara Chapel, The Ghost Chapel sees students construct a web-like structural negative which will sit on the famous Claddagh Basin. Sunday evening The Stunning take to the stage at the Heineken Big Top!

Monday, 23rd July
Museum of the Moon at NUI Galway
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical 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.

Tuesday, 24thJuly
The Laughter Lounge
Always timefor comedy! The Laughter Lounge in The Ruby Room at The Kings Head is always worth a visit throughout the Galway International Arts Festival

Wednesday,25th July
Back to The Mick Lally Theatre and this time it’s to see Shelter, a portrait of life on the edge. It isat times brutal, touching and funny in its portrayal of those whose lives are washed over in the name of progress.

Thursday, 26thJuly
After successful runs at The Edinburgh International Festival and in New York, Flight is amagical experience that combines unsettling themes with spellbinding images. Flight tells the story of two young orphaned brothers who embark on a desperate odyssey to find freedom and safety. With their small inheritance stitched into their clothes, they set off on an epic journey across Europe seeking a better life in London, in a heart–wrenching road story of terror, hope and survival.

Friday, 27thJuly
Not too far from us here in The House, Class is taking to the stage at An Taidhbhairc Following a sell–out run at Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 and at the Abbey Theatre earlier this year, Iseult Golden and David Horan explore the complications and comedy when three adults find themselves back in class.

Saturday,28th July
Backto NUI Galway to witness this incredible performance. Ten astonishing and highly–skilled acrobats take us on a stirring journey of incredible strength while exploring the physical limits of their bodies. The phenomenal Circa question how much we can take as humans with each show pushing the highly skilled acrobats to the extreme.  

Sunday, 29thJuly
Jenny Greeneand The RTÉ Orchestra
It’s the last day of the festival and we’re planning on finishing it at one of the ultimate highlights of the 2017 festival – Jenny Greene and The RTÉ Orchestra performing at the Heineken Big Top. If last year was anything to go by we cannot wait for this! 

Monday, 30thJuly
No time to recover – our new Kitchen and Bar, The Yard, opens just in time for the next festival… The Galway Races

Stay tuned to our social media channels for more festival highlights & updates on our new opening, The Yard!

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