Town Hall Theatre Galway
Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, incorporating the state of the art 393-seater Main Auditorium and the 60-seater Studio Space at Courthouse Square, and the nearby, multi-purpose Black Boxperformance space on Dyke Road presents an extensive and eclectic mix of theatre, concerts, musicals, dance, film, comedy and family shows year-round – the venue is open 362 days a year and 15 hours a day on average. It attracts audiences well in excess of 100,000 annually (and over 1.5 million since it opened its doors in 1995!) making it the most successful theatre of its size in Ireland.
Each year, the venue is the epicentre of activity for virtually all of Galway’s key festivals and cultural events including Galway Arts Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Cuirt and Baboro Children’s Festival to name but a few.
Acclaimed for consistently delivering the best of national and international talent year-round to Galway audiences, the venue’s programme proudly features the work of many performers, companies, musical societies and arts organisations (both professional and amateur) from across the city and county.
The building which houses the Town Hall Theatre was erected in the 1820’s and served first as a Courthouse and later as a conventional Town Hall. In the 1950’s, the building was converted into a cinema and was used for film screenings until it fell into disrepair in the 1990’s. Galway Corporation (now Galway City Council), with the assistance of a grant from the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, undertook a major refurbishment of the building between 1993 and 1995 and it re-opened as a state of the art, 393 seat Municipal Theatre in October 1995. The Theatre is situated in the centre of Galway and features a fine portico overlooking the newly renovated Courthouse Square and a bar/cafe in the upper foyer.
Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, also referred to as An Taidhbhearc (pronounced ‘on tive-yark’) is Ireland’s national language theatre which opened in 1928, and, as such, is the oldest theatre still in operation in Galway. An Taibhdhearc has provided a continued outlet for Irish language playwrights and has hosted some of Ireland’s most recognised actors in over 80 years of existence and is one the country’s artistic and cultural institutes.
Baboró is a brand new festival for children and young people which will be held in Galway, Ireland each year from October 1997. It will feature lots of theatre, music, exhibitions and literary events. It will be an international arts festival with no adults allowed! (well, maybe just a few). It will be, above all, great fun!
Croi Theatre Company was established in Galway 2008 and is dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new dramatic works for the Irish and international stage. As well as developing and commissioning a range of innovative new writing,our name Croi which means ‘Heart’ in Irish reflects our passion to present the highest level of artistic excellence and our intent to extend our reach and reputation across Ireland. We are committed to delivering excellence in our productions and to better understand you-our audience so we can continue to satisfy and to entertain you. Our desire is to touch more lives through quality live theatre.
Cups and Crowns
Cups and Crowns, an educational theatre company, is committed to creating an environment where young people have the freedom to explore their imagination, while developing their creativity and expression.
Druid Theatre Company
Founded in 1975, Druid was the first professional theatre company in Ireland outside Dublin and is universally recognised as one of the pioneers of the modern cultural development of Ireland in the last three decades.
Galway Arts Centre
Galway Arts Centre’s main aims and objectives are to encourage and nurture all forms of artistic activity, to facilitate emerging artists and arts groups, to heighten awareness of the arts via its education programme, to provide access to its facilities for all sectors of the community, to operate a non-exclusive pricing structure and to enhance the quality of civic life.
Galway Arts Festival
Hello and welcome to the official website of the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland’s biggest and most comprehensive international festival of the visual and performing arts.
Galway Film Fleadh
The Galway Film Fleadh – Ireland’s leading film festival, is a six day international film event held every July and welcomes a mad diversity of filmmaking from around the world. The Fleadh is very much a filmmakers’ festival, and attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds, who present their work before their peers.
Galway Film Society
The Galway Film Society runs a number of seasons of high quality films from around the world
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Macnas is a community based arts and theatre company. Founded in 1986 in Galway, Ireland, Macnas has established itself as one of the most exciting energies in the Arts in Ireland.
Moonfish Theatre was founded in 2006 in Galway and is co-directed by Ionia and Mairéad Ní Chróinín. Moonfish Theatre Company is a new, Galway-based, international theatre company, committed to the production of high-quality, accessible theatre on the national and international stage. Moonfish are a bi-lingual theatre company and their next project, ‘Namhaid Don Phobal’ will be a co-production with An Taibhdhearc, Ireland’s Irish-language National Theatre. ‘Namhaid Don Phobal’, the Irish translation of Ibsen’s ‘An Enemy of the People’, will premiere in Galway in March 2009.
Music For Galway
Music for Galway was established in 1981 with the aim of presenting world-class performances of a wide range of music to west of Ireland audiences. The programme runs from September to May providing a happy convergence of music, performance and listening.
Performing Arts School Galway
The Performing Arts School Galway was founded in september 1992 and has become well known as one of the highest and well respected schools of its time, providing the very best standard of professional training, giving all students the chance to reach their full potential.
Renmore Pantomime Society has presented an annual Christmas Pantomime since 1979. They foster and encourage theatrical, cultural, and artistic activities throughout Galway City and its environs.
Stagecoach Galway’s first centre opened in April 2007 and attracts students from all over the city and surrounding areas. They offer a safe environment where children can receive quality training in the performing arts. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome. Many children join with no previous experience and all that is required is that they are enthusiastic and keen to learn. Stagecoach Galway students thrive in an environment where creativity is nurtured and technique and style are developed each week. Students are taught to act, sing and dance and then watch as they become more confident, poised and self-assured. These are skills for life! Performance opportunities are offered at the school twice a year. One takes the form of a demonstration of classwork, whilst the other is a set piece on stage in a local theatre. For those who just love to perform, there are additional opportunities in the year for charity, film, theatre and television.
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