Galway is regarded as the cultural heart of Ireland as it is well known for performing arts, festivals and a vibrant music scene. There is a certain buzz that surrounds Galway throughout the year, whether it’s an upcoming event such as the Galway Boat Race or live traditional music spilling onto the streets from quaint little pubs.
A wide variety of festivals take place in Galway each year ranging from film, music, dancing, and arts. The most famous of these is the Galway International Arts Festival which takes place annually. It is a multidisciplinary arts festival producing and presenting an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. The festival takes place every year in July and is a great time of year to visit Galway.
The laid back bohemian atmosphere coupled with majestic scenery has made for an artist’s paradise and is often a source of inspiration for those involved. As such art exhibitions can be found throughout the city on street corners and beautiful galleries which will have something for everyone.
The musical scene in Galway is dominated by traditional Irish music. Upon walking down the narrow cobbled streets you’ll be able to hear music spilling from pubs and bars. These intimate music sessions are something not to be missed as it is a true Irish experience.