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Mar 01 2021

Cúirt to launch the 2021 programme online Thursday 11 March

Cúirt International Festival of Literature will launch the 2021 programme online Thursday 11 March. A live stream with Cúirt Director Sasha de Buyl will take place on the day.

A new website and logo will be unveiled alongside the programme.

Feb 18 2021

Producing Masterclass with Kate Pakenham

As part of the Gate’s commitment to investing in the best Irish theatre talent, the theatre will be hosting a 4-part free online workshop series for up to 12 emerging producers across the last 2 weeks of March. The series will be curated and hosted by independent producer, Kate Pakenham, who will bring together experienced


Feb 15 2021

Padraic Breathnach Retires from the Galway Arts Centre

Padraic Breathnach - one of Galway's greatest cultural pioneers, and one who made an immense contribution to cultural life in Galway and Ireland – recently announced his retirement as Managing Director of Galway Arts Centre. We wish Padraic the very best in the next phase of his extraordinary career.



Feb 15 2021

Where next for the arts in Galway in 2021?

It will be the arts - one of the main industries devastated by Covid-19 - which will also get us through this year

For The Insider, engagement with the arts in 2020 often meant watching them from my sitting room with a cup of tea - or a G&T - in front of me, and, sadly, given the continuing uncertainties surrounding the rollout of the nation’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, that situation might remain unchanged for months to come.

Activity across many sectors of society – particularly in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors – came to a grinding halt in March last year. The pandemic, and the consequent public health measures, have been devastating for many, but for those working in the arts, culture, and event sectors in Galway and elsewhere – the artists, technicians, designers, musicians, performers, and support workers, everyone – the shutdown of March 12 was, and remains, seriously challenging.

Opportunities and livelihoods evaporated overnight and while Government support schemes and emergency funds followed, the normal operation of most arts and events organisations in Galway has been difficult as one Government announcement followed another, and lockdown followed lockdown.