Record-breaking box office and attendance figures made the 2017 Galway
International Arts Festival the most successful to date as thousands of visitors from
Ireland and across the world travelled to Galway to be part of the 40th anniversary
celebrations.

724 participating artists enthralled audiences of 210,000, attending performances,
talks, concerts, street events and exhibitions, representing an increase of 5% on
last year. Ticket sales were up by 19% on 2016 and early estimates suggest that
the two-week event will have an economic impact at least on par with 2016’s €23.5
million.

Rave reviews flooded in for the festival’s world premieres. The Guardian lauded the
Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production,
Woyzeck in Winter, describing the production as ‘Triumphant… brilliant…
extraordinary’, while The Sunday Independent described the show as ‘a dazzling
achievement.’ Featuring an all-star cast, including Camille O’Sullivan, Patrick
O’Kane, Rosaleen Linehan and Peter Coonan, Woyzeck in Winter continues GIAF’s
strategy of touring new work, travelling to The Barbican, London in September and
also playing as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in October.
There was also widespread critical acclaim for GIAF’s first ever opera, The Second
Violinist, produced by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera. The Irish
Times described it as ‘an extraordinary modern opera’ with The Guardian saying it
was an ‘exhilarating blend of opera, theatre and film’.

GIAF 2017 In Numbers

· 210,000 attendances across 33 venues
· 724 artists attended the festival from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Iceland,
Ireland, Sierra Leone, South Korea, South Africa, Syria, The Netherlands, UK and
USA
· A record-breaking number of 600 volunteers supported the Festival team. They
came from all four corners of the globe, from Korea and Australia to Canada and
South America
· The Absolut Big Top, which is erected especially for the festival, featured a world-
class music line-up, including the legendary Brian Wilson who performed Pet
Sounds
· Approximately 100 articulated lorries were required to transport equipment

· 30,000 spectators watched The People Build, one of the most exciting free
outdoor events ever seen in Eyre Square
· Many well knows stars of the arts world attended the festival including the novelist
John Grisham, actors Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea and Charlie
Murphy.

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