Galway International Arts Festival 
invites audiences to once again enjoy great art together
as programme for 2022 Festival is announced

On Tuesday 10th May 2022 Chief Executive John Crumlish and Artistic Director Paul Fahy announced the programme for Galway International Arts Festival 2022. The Festival which will run from 11-24 July, welcomes audiences back in person and invites everyone to wander streets, galleries and venues in Galway, celebrating great art together again. The Galway Now team were invited to the launch of the festival on Thursday 12th of May in The Dean, Galway.

Artistic Director Paul Fahy said, “There is nowhere quite like Galway during Festival time in July. It is such a thrill to return to our usual summer dates for the first time since 2019 with what we think is a really wonderful Festival. We are very grateful to all our fantastic artists and companies for their amazing work and look forward to welcoming our audiences back to our stages, galleries and the streets of Galway for two wonderful weeks of great art and performance.”

The jam-packed 2022 Festival brings artists from across the globe to Ireland including the return of Chicago’s world-renowned Steppenwolf with Sam Shepard’s True West; from New York a breath–taking spectacle of illusion, choreography, music and storytelling from Geoff Sobelle with HOME; extraordinary theatre and opera awaits from Druid;  Landmark Productions and Irish National Opera; the Gate Theatre and Theatre Lovett; a new immersive Room from Enda Walsh and Paul Fahy; 150 people from all walks of life will perform Europe’s largest highwire spectacle LifeLine over the River Corrib as street art and spectacle return to the streets of Galway; live music returns to Fisheries Field as the Heineken® Big Top hosts an extraordinary musical line up; a powerful new exhibition by Ana Maria Pachecocreated especially for GIAF; Ireland’s Pavillion from the Venice Biennale of ArchitectureI; a new site-specific installation from John Gerard which will be unveiled on the Galway Docks; the Festival Garden is back in Eyre Square and Galway International Arts Festival’s thought leadership platform, First Thought returns exploring the big issues and challenges of the day. 

GIAF 2022 runs from 11-24 July

Discover the programme at 


Official Launch Gallery

Mayor of Galway Cllr Colette Connolly with John Crumlish CEO and Paul Fahy Artistic Director of the Galway International Arts Festival

Galway International Arts Festival’s Hilary Martyn, Margaret Jenkins, Wild Atlantic Way Team Manager at Fàilte Ireland and Paul Fahy, Artistic Director

Elena Toniato and Georgina Edziwa

Fundraising Manager GIAF Aisling O’Sullivan, Eire and Ronan Garvey of Sleepzone

Keith Finnegan, Galway Bay FM and his wife Joan

Caroline Miney and Mary Paula Walsh, Walsh Waste

Des Kilbane and Orla Higgins

Niamh Ryan NUIG and Zara Sheeerin NUIG

Pam Richardson and Cllr Eddie Hoare

Niall Horisk, Roisin Dubh and Katie Walsh, Arts Council

Karen Jones, Galmont, Caroline Gannon Isupply and Edel Miller, Harbour Hotel