At the launch of the  Galway Arts Festival festival programme  are (from left):  Amy Conroy, Caoimhe Regan, artistic director Paul Fahy and Sonya Kelly. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Sculpture from Australia, new plays by Frank McGuinness and Amy Conroy, gigs by Kodaline and The Coronas, talks, trad and street theatre. The 2015 Gal(...)

 Lali Morris who is stepping down as Artistic Director of the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Baboró international children’s arts festival artistic director Lali Morris has decided to step down from the post after 14 years.Ms Morris,who has pr(...)

Pop Art pioneer: one of the images from Eduardo Paolozzi’s ‘General Dynamic FUN’ collection

Patrick O’Reilly is never one to shirk a challenge. In his exhibition Prelude, the sculptor takes on Tristan and Isolde, Wagner’s groundbreaking opera(...)

Ballyturk, playwright Enda Walsh’s latest collaboration with actors Cillian Murphy (above), Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, has been sold out for weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:30

Acrobatics as a flight of fantasy and mythology as a map of the human psyche are themes of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival which open(...)

Street spectacle show “Dragonus” by Compagnie Malabar from France will take to the streets of Galway with a monumental moving dragon   during Galway International Arts Festival

A dragon, aliens and a giant red ball will be used to launch Galway’s annual invasion of culture in July. The Galway International Arts Festival has (...)

Smoke breathing dragons roaming through Eyre Square in Galway for the opening of the Galway Arts Festival. Dragons is presented by one of Europe’s most exciting outdoor theatre companies, the world famous Sarruga from Barcelona. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Demonic dragons, flying trapeze and trampoline artists and a “dream engine” heliosphere envelope the streets of Galway over the next fortnight as the (...)

Rosemary Collier, director of The Kilkenny Arts Festival, with members of Macnas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rosemary CollierDirector of Kilkenny Arts Festival What is your favourite festival? West Cork Chamber Music Festival, not just because Francis Humphry(...)

Songwriter Julie Feeney’s first foray into opera, “explosive” South African theatre, Australian circus and a “Big Top Night at the Proms” are among th(...)