Happy Friday: A Great Week for Galway & Galway Arts Festival

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One of the greatest things about the GAF experience is getting to work with some of the best, most creative individuals and teams this country and indeed the world has to offer. To see people who have become friends and colleagues enjoy continued success is something GAF takes great pleasure in and on that note this week has been a special one.

Once started out as a tiny Irish film and went on to win the hearts of millions across the globe before being turned into a Broadway conquering musical. The GAF connection to Once is strong: its star Glen Hansard will play the Festival Big Top this year, while Enda Walsh, the playwright behind Once‘s stage incarnation, is also the creative force behind Misterman, which GAF co-produced in 2011. Misterman went on to earn rave reviews from New York to London.

Speaking about the European premier of the musical Once at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin on Tuesday night, GAF’s artistic director Paul Fahy said, ‘It is great to see the musical Once have its European premiere in Dublin where the story is set. The show opened at the New York Theatre Workshop the same week the Landmark and Galway Arts Festival production of Misterman opened at St. Ann’s Warehouse in December 2011, and we are so pleased for playwright Enda Walsh and all the creative team enjoy such success over the past year. Once is such a beautiful story, which has the capacity to melt the hardest of hearts and it was terrific to see a deserved standing ovation as the show opened this week in the Gaiety Theatre. We wish the company continued success as they prepare to open Once in London’s West End next month.’

Also on Tuesday night the 5th IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards took place in Dublin, with Galway’s Monroes taking the National Live Music Venue of the Year award and the Róisín Dubh taking Best Live Venue in Connacht. We’re very lucky to have such quality live music establishments on our doorstep. Congratulations to all.

With the great news from the Irish Theatre Awards on Sunday night, it is fair to say that it has been a fantastic week for Irish Arts, for Galway and for GAF. Here’s to more of that!

Don’t forget to keep a close eye on galwayartsfestival.com for the latest news on this year’s Festival. Tickets for Grizzly Bear at the Festival Big Top and Glen Hansard at the Festival Big Top are on sale now. To purchase yours, simply click here. To join the GAF online community, click here for Facebook and/ or here for Twitter and say hello.

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