Festival fever for City of the Tribes

Niall Murray

This year’s programme features 400 writers, artists, performers and musicians from around the globe.

The City of the Tribes will be with alive with theatre, music and other entertainment in a feast of summer activities.

With bumper crowds expected for the annual event, traders and accommodation providers are in for a bonanza, quickly followed by the Galway Races at the end of the month.

But for those who make their way west, the travel should be worthwhile.

The musical programme features names of domestic renown such as Sharon Shannon and Damien Dempsey and international legends such as Woodstock veteran Richie Havens and gospel singer Mavis Staples, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys as a member of The Staple Singers.

Theatrical highlights include the Druid theatre company performances of six JM Synge plays, through to the end of the month. Also, the Irish premiere of Dublin-born Enda Walsh’s latest stage production The Small Things and the inevitable and indomitable Macnas company’s festival parade through the city streets next Sunday afternoon.

For those less inclined towards serious drama, the festival programme includes a strong line-up of Irish comedy talent, including Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Jon Kenny.

A wide variety of children’s entertainment, literary events and visual arts exhibitions are also featured throughout the festival.

More details and booking are available at www.galwayartsfestival.ie or by calling the Galway Arts Festival Box Office at 091 566577.

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