Take a Bow, Galway Arts Festival 2012

Oh, what a brilliant few weeks it has been. On behalf of all the GAF 2012 team, thank you so very much for your enduring support. Not only has it been another incredibly successful year, we have broken records for attendance across the board. A staggering 30,000 people turned out to see the fantastic Absolut Festival Gallery and a truly phenomenal 160,000 people attended the festival over two weeks. What can we say only a huge and heartfelt thanks. What an inspiration it is to see that despite everything – or perhaps because of it – a real love of the arts still exists in this country.

Over the course of the festival, various teams have been working away to ensure that events and experiences were captured for everyone to enjoy, now and always. GAF TV have been working especially hard, the fruits of which you can check out on their YouTube channel here, where you can enjoy highlights from this year’s festival, like this wonderful look at Macnas’s This Thunderous Heart:

While the two weeks in July when the festival takes place are GAF’s primary focus, work on the festival takes place all year round. For breaking news, exclusive content and to keep in the loop about next year’s preparations, not to mention enjoying the fruits of festivals past including this year’s, be sure to check out our website http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/, our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/galwayartsfestival and our Twitter feed https://twitter.com/galwayartsfest/ Over the next few days, we’ll be posting highlights of 2012, which you won’t want to miss.

All that remains is for us to say one final word of thanks to the people of Galway, all our sponsors, our fantastic performers, our volunteers and all of you who supported GAF 2012 in your thousands. Here’s to a record breaking 2013. We’ll leave you with a few exclusive images from this year’s magnificent festival, taken by Colm Hogan. Until next time.

Macnas turn the streets of Galway into a wonderland with This Thunderous Heart.

Artistic Director Paul Fahy basks in the fantastic setting of the Absolut Festival Gallery, which welcomed an amazing 30,000 people through its doors during the 2 weeks of the festival.

Spain’s Kamchatka perform their unique brand of street theatre for delighted on-lookers during GAF 2012.


Let’s Dance: Kormac’s Big Band at GAF 2012

Tonight DJ Kormac and his Big Band take to the stage in the Róisín Dubh for what promises to be the perfect way to spend your Saturday night. The Big Band comprises of a barbershop quartet, drums, double base, trombone, clarinet, trumpet and banjo, with Kormac acting as conductor, possibly the only conductor you’re ever likely to see scratching records while he works. The results are energetic, fun and an unforgettable live experience, so polish up your dancing shoes and let the good times roll. Kormac’s Big Band kick off at 10.30pm in the Róisín Dubh tonight – write it down folks! In the meantime for your viewing pleasure, here is a GAF  TV look at Kormac and the band:

Watch It: GAF TV

A GAF TV screenshot of the Misterman set.

With so much packed into the two weeks of Galway Arts Festival every single year, keeping track and preserving all those special moments is a mammoth task. Thankfully, GAF TV have been doing a stellar job of capturing the magic on film and now, for your viewing pleasure, the GAF archive is available online.

If there’s anything you’ve missed or a favourite festival memory you’d like to relive, then spend some quality time flicking through the gems on http://gaftv.ie/ For this year’s latest GAF TV reports, including an exclusive interview with Chic’s legendary Nile Rodgers, check out http://www.youtube.com/galwayartsfest or click on the clips below, featuring comedian and star of RTÉ’s the Savage Eye Dave McSavage, artist David Mach whose exhibition Precious Light is taking the festival by storm and Michael Kaeshammer, one of Canada’s brightest musical exports.

For more of GAF TV and all things festival related, check out http://galwayartsfestival.com/

The Countdown Is On!

Galway Arts Festival 2012 gets underway in a matter of days and we are getting ridiculously excited for what is sure to be an incredible few weeks. For your viewing pleasure, GAF TV have put together a lovely piece on the legendary CHIC and Nile Rodgers who are set to disco the roof off the Big Top on July 19th, so why not grab a cuppa, stick the headphones on and have yourself a little desk boogie. The clip is below and don’t forget: for all things CHIC related including those all important tickets, check out http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/

GAF Big Top Big 3: James Vincent McMorrow

Here on the GAF blog, we’re very excited about the bevvy of fantastic Irish talent playing this year’s Big Top. We’ll be bringing you some lesser known facts about the performers (their Big 3) and clips of them in action. First off, after the huge success of his debut album Early in the Morning, GAF is delighted to be welcoming James Vincent McMorrow to the Big Top, along with Lisa Hannigan, on July 26th. Some interesting facts about Mr McMorrow:

  • Before becoming a full-time musician and playing venues like the Electric Picnic, you might have spotted James Vincent stacking trolleys in Dublin airport, where he used to work.
  • Though he is a dab hand at the acoustic guitar and has a lovely folk edge to his tunes, James Vincent is a big hop hop fan.
  • His beautiful song ‘Follow You Down To The Red Oak Tree’ was used in a Barnados television ad.

You can check out James Vincent McMorrow in conversation with GAF TV here or check out http://galwayartsfestival.com/ for more info and booking details.

Calling All Students!

Here at Galway Arts Festival we are thrilled to announce our new initiative for students called GAF Student (see what we did there?) as part of our ongoing strategic partnership with NUI Galway. This year students will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best of GAF at a reduced price. The package includes two Big Top Tickets, one for a Big Top gig of their choice, the other to the Festival’s own headphone disco, Silent Night. Other benefits include discounted tickets for selected shows and a Festival Club pass, which allows entry to the Festival after party and is valid for the entire run of the festival. Each student will also receive an exclusively designed Galway Arts Festival T-Shirt. The GAF STUDENT ticket costs just €45 and can be purchased online at www.galwayartsfestival.com/student

This year’s Festival Big Top plays host to the biggest names in Irish music including the Corona’s, Bressie, James Vincent McMorrow, Lisa Hannigan and the Kanyu Tree. With GAF Student, you can enjoy some of these excellent acts not to mention your choice of shows at special discounted rates. To quote the Undertones, ‘here comes the summer’ but most importantly, here comes GAF 2012!

For more info on GAF Student and everything festival-related, check out http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/

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