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Aug 04 2020

Like a phoenix from the flames

Despite Covid-19, key elements from the summer line-up are ready for an autumn showing

“It felt like we were in the wrong town,” says John Crumlish, managing director of Galway International Arts Festival, recalling what it was like to walk around the centre of the city in mid-July, when Ireland’s biggest summer arts event would normally be in full swing. Usually, the place would be hopping. This year it was “positively funereal”, says festival director Paul Fahy. According to data from the city council, footfall in that period was 150,000 this year, compared to 850,000 in 2019.

There was, of course, no GIAF this summer for the first time in decades. The inevitable was finally accepted on May 1st, when the cancellation was officially announced to nobody’s real surprise. But now here, like a phoenix from the flames, comes Galway International Arts Festival Autumn Edition, with many of the key elements from this summer’s programme revived and ready for presentation.

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Read the full article on the Irish Times website.