Browsing through the program for the Galway Arts Festival 2010, you can’t help but feel the once-mighty festival has lost some of its luster. Given how vitally important the festival has been to Galway, in defining itself and generating income for the city, any such downward trend should trigger serious concern.
Galway Arts Festival 2006 was a memorable year for culture on the streets, theatres and music venues of Galway. It was the height of the boom years and the organizations budget was flush with cash, leaving enthusiasts hard pressed to decide just where to spend their precious time and money. Here are some visual highlights from Galway Arts Festival ’06.
Galway’s famed street theatre company Macnas returned to the Galway Arts Festival in 2004 to perform yet another memorable spectacle of showmanship, in a whimsical and lighthearted performance billed as “Betty Big Shoes,” featuring a cast of nearly 500 participants.
Macnas returned to the streets of Galway in 2005 for its annual performance during the Galway Arts Festival. The theme of this year’s parade was Áit Ait, an Irish phrase roughly translating to “Strange Place.” Having discovered an ancient map containing details of a place that up until now was assumed to be mythical, intrepid [...]
The Big River flowed through the streets of Galway on Sunday the 23rd of July, courtesy of Galway’s famed street theatre company Macnas. The spectacular production was Macnas’ contribution to the the Galway Arts Festival 06 .
As part of their annual contribution to the Galway Arts Festival, Macnas brought the Ninth Wonder of the World to the streets of Galway in July 0f 2008. The show featured a hideous green monster modeled after the Cryptosporidium virus that afflicted Galway’s waters, and numerous other freak show specimens.
During the Galway Arts Festival ’08, Macnas employs the cover of darkness to generate a visually compelling spectacle of Apocolopolis, a non-stop party city of endless diversion that flashes, pumps and drives under the marshmallow thumb of King Du Washawanna.