Our Galway International Arts Festival and University of Galway Partnership

Galway International Arts Festival has connected audiences and artists for over 40 years. University of Galway is proud to be the Education Partner for the 2024 Galway International Arts Festival. We have been partnering with the festival for years and wish them continued success with their upcoming festival. This year’s programme includes a production of Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Endgame directed by Garry Hynes and starring Druid Ensemble members Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen and Rory Nolan alongside Bosco Hogan. Musical acts playing the Heineken Big Top on University of Galway's campus include Kettama, Jess Glynne, Gavin James, Kneecap, Passenger, Block Rockin Beats and two sold-out shows for The Saw Doctors. View the 2024 Festival Website and Programme

Our partnership with Galway International Arts Festival has led to many great initiatives such as: Creative Arts Management. University of Galway’s longstanding education partnership with Galway International Arts Festival has led to a three-year Government funding package for a new programme focusing on creative arts management. This course provides exciting modules that cover creativity, design thinking, producing and curation, and other essential skills.  


Each year eleven students on the SELECTED programme experience the festival first-hand by working with the GIAF production team on selected productions. University of Galway has partnered with the Galway International Arts Festival to bring to life the SELECTED programme, a two-week initiative that will allow participants from University of Galway to immerse themselves in all aspects of the festival. 

Festival Volunteer Programme 

Our partnership also covers Galway International Arts Festival’s very successful volunteer programme which, with a recruitment of 1,000 volunteers, is integral to the delivery of the festival. Our students have opportunities to volunteer through University of Galway’s ALIVE Student Volunteer Programme. 

The First Thought Talks

Associated with University of Galway, continues this year and features well-known Irish and international speakers, including University of Galway academics, on a range of contemporary themes. See all talks here: www.giaf.ie/talks/upcoming


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