The inaugural Galway Fringe Festival (GFF) will take place in venues across the city between the 12th and the 30th of July. Since the ethos of Fringe Festivals is about celebrating all aspects of open-access arts, we have adopted the mantra - Anything Goes! Our acts certainly reflect this with over 100 events billed. These include twelve dance companies, twenty five theatre productions, international artists, comedy, children’s events, puppetry, craft, , family events, installation art, performance art, photography, sculpture, storytelling, workshops and Irish language events - so expect the unexpected at this year’s Fringe.
The Festival programme is full to capacity with diverse and exciting acts. Our line-up includes artists such as Antoni O’Breschi - internationally renowned for his skills in classical music (but is perhaps most famous for inventing Celtic piano playing, The Deans, The Pattern Dance Collective, Athenry Music School Guitar Orchestra, The Bachata Republic, Les Hot Culottes, Crowbar Comedy, Kettledrum Theatre Company, Come as Soon as you Hear, Fregoli Theatre Company, Truman Town Theatre and much, more.
We are also providing the opportunity for many of our artists to perform on the main stage during the Volvo Ocean Race. This is an incredible chance for our performers to bring their work to the vast international audience that will be in Galway for the final stop-over of the world race.
We are a group of local artists and performers from Galway who have come together to provide a platform for artists of all disciplines from the Galway locality and further afield to showcase their work. Each of us will be performing in the festival ourselves and are really excited about the tremendous response we received to the call out for applications. The festival team is fast growing with nearly 100 volunteers enthusiastic to be involved in such an innovative project.
Our passion for the arts has driven us to head this project and we are informed by the huge interest that the festival is fulfilling a much needed role in providing performance opportunities for artists. Everyone is welcome to take part in our festival! GFF aims to bring the arts into the community and with the spirit of inclusivity many of our events are free. We also hope to promote the use of the Irish language .
Why we need your help.
Your generousity will go a long way in ensuring that the inaugural GFF is a success. The funding will go towards our technical equipment, venues, lighting, sound, technicians, printing, advertising and ticketing costs among many other expenses that will be incurred while undertaking a project of this scale. Your individual support is crucial for the festival to fulfil its aims now and into the future. The Festival passes we are offering are tremendous value and would have a monetary value of over 300 euro each.
Our full festival programme can be viewed on our website www.galwayfringe.ie