Twelve Hotel Galway
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Galway International Arts Festival

Galway Arts Festival 2016 - Are You Ready? 

The GIAF Special Offer July 17th to 30th., 2017

Just present a ticket to any event at the Galway Arts Festival upon your check in and we will present you with a €12 note to spend on cocktails or drinks of your choice during your time with us. What better way to welcome you to Galway and our wonderful festival.

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Galway Arts Festival History

Situated on the west coast of Ireland by the Atlantic Ocean, Galway has long been considered a centre of cultural excellence. The fastest growing city in Europe, Galway is a vibrant university city with its city centre, a labyrinth of winding medieval streets, squares and waterways. With a population of 75,000 Galway sits on the edge of the River Corrib surrounded by Galway Bay facing the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

Galway Arts Festival is the defining cultural expression of Galway and is at the heart of all aspects life in the city. The Festival’s contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of the west of Ireland is immeasurable and while the Festival celebrates Galway in July each year, Galway itself is a city in celebration during the Festival.

Over its 32 year history the Festival has become a vital showcase for Irish arts and international arts and is now firmly established as Ireland’s leading arts festival. The Festival collaborates with artists and companies throughout the world to initiate, commission and produce new work.
Regarded as one of Europe’s key cultural events Galway Arts Festival is an international celebration of the performing and visual arts. Over 150,000 people attend the Festival annually with hundreds of writers, artists, performers and musicians creating theatre, spectacle, street art, music, comedy, literature and music to produce a stunning fortnight of cultural activity and celebration.

The biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has...
The Irish Times

…a glorious kaleidoscopic fortnight of events…
The Irish Examiner

...this year’s Galway fortnight made you look at life anew…
The Irish Times

One of Europe’s most important cultural events.

The spirit of Galway Arts Festival is all-inclusive, accessible and always open to suggestion. Contemporary festivals fall over themselves to state their commitment to both street and “high art”. The difference in Galway is that ambition is realised.
The Observer

It’s festival season, one event triumphs them all – Galway Arts Festival.
The Irish Independent

Galway…one of the most significant arts festivals anywhere.
The Irish Independent

At the heart of the city’s cultural and tourist life…
The Irish Examiner

Visitors will be dazzled by the stunning theatre performances, exhibitions, music concerts and street parades.
News of the World

Provocative, challenging, diverse and inclusive.
The Sunday Tribune

Pivotal in the international arts calendar.
The Irish Independent  

A pop-up at the big top?
West at The Twelve provides delicious festival food to the Galway
Arts Festival’s Big Top

The Twelve hasn’t been around quite so long as The Galway Arts Festival  but has made a massive
impact in its first 5 years, particularly for lovers of fine, local and seasonal food, with West at The Twelve regularly winning awards for its great
take on the best of the region.

   West at The Twelve never stands still – literally – last year they popped up all
over Ireland and held a hugely successful pop-up restaurant at the Galway Arts
Festival, and now they are popping up again, with great festival food at Galway
Arts Festival’s Big Top – it’s a big top pop-up!

Between July 17th until 30th July, there are great gigs on in the
Galway Big Top, and they are harmonised perfectly with the rocking food from
The Twelve. Galway’s biggest restaurant ever will be the Big Top with performances
from terrific acts like Elvis Costello, Bell x1, Suede, Imelda May and The Gloaming.

Food from The Twelve Pop-Up at the Big Top lives up to those high standards, with
options including Diggity Dogs  - gourmet dogs featuring James McGeough’s turf smoked Connemara sausage,  homemade gourmet burgers on Waterford bla,                                                                                                                                                                 local mackerel, pulled pork, the famous chick pea curry and great desserts and sweets.

“We love a spot of adventure at The Twelve,” says Fergus O’ Halloran, of the hotel,
“and we get a huge kick out of bringing our great local, seasonal food out of
the restaurant and to new venues and audiences. The whole team also loves good
music, so this is the best of all worlds for us – The Twelve at the Big Top is
going to be rocking!”

 So for a chance to sample tastes from Galway’s top restaurant, pop-up style and tune
into terrific performances from some great bands, rock up early to the pop-up at the Big Top!

Tel: +353-91-597000
Full Galway Arts Festival programme details and online booking are available on
The Festival Big Top will once again be located in the heart of Galway city centre at the Fisheries Field beside Galway cathedral.
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