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African film festival

Galway African Film Festival is taking place 23rd to 25th of May, with all films being free of charge.

Films will be screened at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media

This festival presents a range of movies to give an overview of the variety of African current and historical issues.

The event includes premieres of emerging film talents as well as showcasing established film makers and actors. Not only is GAFF a one of a kind experience of contemporary film and cinema, it also offers a broad take on the social, political and cultural issues of Africa. This annual festival aims to present audiences with a challenge to the often limited, stereotypical and Western images of Africa. The event provokes thought and broadens the context of African affairs, and the relationships between Africa and the West.

We recommend you one film for every day. But you can check the whole program here

  • Among the movies on Friday: Half of a Yellow Sun at 8 pm

During the mid-to-late sixties, twin sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) return to Nigeria after their education in England and they make decisions that shock their family. Olanna moves in with her lover, the ‘revolutionary professor’ Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega), while Kainene takes over the family interests and pursues a career as a businesswoman, falling in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. As the Igbo people struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, the sisters become caught up in the shocking violence of the Nigerian Civil War and a betrayal that threatens their family forever.


  • On Saturday, a story from Morocco: Andaluosie, Mon Amour at 5: 15 pm

Saïd and Amine are two students from Casablanca dreaming of Europe. They end up
in a small village in the North of Morocco. With the help of the schoolteacher, they leave
for the European coast on a small boat but they are shipwrecked. The sea washes
Amine back onto the coast of the village. Saïd is washed away on a Spanish beach.
Andalusia seems strange to Saïd. Meanwhile, in the Moroccan village, Amine notices
strange things happening…


  • And for Sunday, May 25th, we recommend you Mother of George at 6:15 pm

At long last, handsome Ayodele Balogun, owner of a small Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn, will wed his beautiful fiancée, Adenike, and they will start a new life together in the United States. Their traditional Yoruba wedding culminates in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet-to-be-conceived son, George. But as the months pass without pregnancy, Ma George is torn between her Yoruba culture and her new life in America as she faces uncomfortable and unfamiliar choices in her struggle to save her marriage. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu (Restless City) captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant, and moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal.



Coole Music Concert in Kinvara

On Sunday, 4th May, as part of the Fleadh na gCuach 20th Anniversary celebrations, Coole Music will host its Annual Gala Concert in Kinvara Community Centre, commencing at 6pm.


This is a family event, priced at just 5 euros admission with children under 6 free.

Including the visiting Swedish Choir ‘Aquarellen‘, it will feature the Coole Music Youth Orchestra, Sonic Strings, international String Quartet Yukatope, and virtuosi Peter Sebestyen and Robert Solyom on cello and clarinet.

Fleadh na gCuach, The Cuckoo Festival, is a traditional music and community based arts festival running from Friday to Monday. A well-established and richly deserved reputation has ensured that the Fleadh has become a showcase for the best in traditional music, attracting musicians from all over the country and beyond.


If you want to discover what other music shows are included in their programme , check their website here



Connemara Mussel Festival

Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary Harbour, this festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage, and is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara, attracting visitors from near and far.

It runs from Friday May 2nd to Sunday ay 4th

Some of the activities including in this year’s program are:


The  mussel cooking competition takes place in the Festival Marquee. The First prize is a Weekend for 2 in the Carlton Blanchardstown Hotel.

Student chefs from GMIT’s Culinary School will showcase their skills and compete using a mystery box of locally inspired ingredients. Be warned there could be ANYTHING in those boxes and audience participation will most certainly be required!

Join us for a tasting event with a selection of craft beers, specialty wines and artisan cheeses. Accompanied by live music with Richard and Fionnuala. Entry €10. Tickets at door or available from Festival Office.


ARTISAN FESTIVAL MARKET (Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am – 4pm)
Explore the finest food and craft produce from around Ireland at the Festival Market, including Made in Galway range. The market is open to all, free to attend and well worth a visit. Venue: Marian Hall in Tullycross.

Marie Louise Heffernan, consultant at Aster Environmental, leads an ecological seashore walk on the Renvyle Peninsula.
Meet at the White Strand, Renvyle. Bring good walking shoes and rain gear. €5 Limited numbers, tickets from Festival Office.


Check the program with the rest of the activities here

A Wine Goose Chase

This is another event included in the Galway Food Festival. It is programmed for 3pm on Sat. 19th & Sun 20th in Busker Brownes Bar

Entry is €15

‘A Wine Goose Chase’ is a one woman theatrical performance & interactive wine tasting with storytelling.

Wine and theatre combine to tell the fascinating story of Ireland’s winemakers.
Susan Boyle loves wine. What’s more she knows what she’s drinking and talking about. She’s got 2,000 years of Irish wine history to back her up! So, sit back, let her fill your glass while she takes you on a trip with the tenacious Irish people who transformed the wine world and didn’t let coming from a grape-free land stop them.


This hour-long one woman theatrical performance fuses interactive wine tasting with storytelling in a warm, inviting setting. Audience members will have the opportunity to put their senses to use and hopefully leave with a new insight to a drink that has been part of Ireland’s history for much longer than we might think.

Paleo diet in the Food Festival

Paleo diet in the Food Festival

If you want to experiment the paleo diet, this Saturday, April 19th, the perfect place is 37 West.

The paleolithic diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans. It is based on several controversial premises, the most important of which are: first, that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, which marked the end of the Paleolithic era, around 15,000 years ago; second, that modern humans are adapted to the diet or diets of the Paleolithic period; and, third, that it is possible for modern science to discern what such diets consisted of.

The Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

This event is part of the Galway Food Festival

Dancing after the parade

If you are around Woodquay Square from 1:30pm to 3:30pm this Monday (St. Patricks Day, just in case you have forgotten), the St Patricks Festival in association with the Galway Dance Project will host a display of the vibrant movement and dance community here in Galway with a mix of martial arts, movement and dance from all over the world with a series of dance workshops:

  • 1 pm Tai Chi Display from Galway Tai’chi Academy
  • 1.30 pm Capoeira Display from Capoeira Candeias
  • 2 pm Swing Dance Display from Galway Swing
  • 2.30 pm Milonga from Galway Tango
  • 3 pm Bachata Display from Bachata Republic


This is a party for all the family, and especially for children there will also be the next activities:

  • A Teddy Bears picnic for families in Woodquay Park in association with Enable Ireland from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
  • A family disco with DJ Will Softly
  • Performances by Galway Community Circus.

Remember this year’s parade starts at 11 30:


Enjoy Ireland’s biggest party!!

Harry Potter Festival @ NUIG

The dedicated Harry Potter fans from Potter Soc at the National University of Ireland, Galway have teamed up to bring you, the Irish Potter Heads, your very own convention. 
Taking place this weekend (Friday 31st to Sunday 2nd February) in different places in the campus (Art Room, Hub, College Bar etc). You can check the details here
Ticket prices at the door are as follows:
One day ticket (entry for either Saturday or Sunday) is €10.
A weekend ticket (entry for both Saturday and Sunday) is €15.
Friday evening is free.Children under the age of 8 are allowed free entry* and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

With talks on the series, games, Quidditch matches (NUIG was the first college in Ireland to bring Muggle Quidditch with the formation of the All Ireland Quidditch League in 2012. At PotterFest, we’ll be having Quidditch matches for everyone to join in and experience the fast paced action of this magical sport.), competitions, panels, debates and Diagon Alley, you can experience the magic of the Wizarding World right here at NUIG.

There also will be classes in astronomy, ancient runes, divination, history of magic, defense against the dark arts, and, for those of you over 18, a potions class in the college bar.
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Galway Astronomy Festival


Galway “City of the Tribes” is possibly the cloudiest place in Ireland and may seem the most unlikely places to have an Astronomy Club. But the city is a vibrant hub of Astronomical research that has become a centre of excellence the areas Astrophysics, Astrochemistry, Pulsars and Star formation.

On February 1st 2014 members of the public are invited to a special event dedicated to unravelling the mysteries of the Universe being held at the Westwood House Hotel. “City of Stars” is the theme for the Galway Astronomy Festival with an emphasis on how our exploration of the Cosmos has inspired communities and cultures in our city that would not otherwise do so; to think about the Universe.

Among the activities of the festival (starting Friday 31st January):

  • Astronomy and General Knowledge Table Quiz upstairs at the Mezz Bar
  • Observing sessions at Brigit’s Garden
  • Visit to the NUI Galway Observatory

For more information you can check the Website here


akumakon galway Akumakon is an Anime, Manga and Japanese Culture event that happens in, NUI Galway this weekend (from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th of January).

Being one of the biggest events like this in the West of Ireland, they aim to provide a fun-filled weekend for the attendees every January. Events include cosplay events, video game tournaments, Japanese culture events, nerd culture-related events, a pub quiz, special guests, a trade hall and performances from many talented people. You can check the calendar here

In 2013, Akumakon experienced its most successful year to date (over 700 attendees) and raised over €1,500 for charities.

The convention is located in the Aras na Mac Leinn on the NUI Galway grounds

Tickets are available at the door on the weekend. Weekend Tickets – €25 Day Pass – €15

There are other activities outside the campus, like this (our favourite)


Piano concert: Ah Ruem Ahn

“The Korean pianist has uncommon poetic qualities and a great capacity to diferentiate colors and nuances at the piano”

An evening with a star in the making performing the best of piano music awaits.

This venue is part of the program Music for Galway (an organization created in 1989 bringing to the West of Ireland world class musicians) for 2013. Different recitals are programmed until the spring, you can check the details following the link.


Ah Ruem Ahn was awarded with the Second Prize and Silver Medal – the first prize was not awarded, at the XVII Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition. The competition is held every three years and Music for Galway has been inviting the winners for over two decades. Having toured Europe and the Americas and performed at such prestigious halls such as the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY is playing tonight, Thursday, 14 November 2013, at 20:00 in  Aula Maxima, NUI Galway

Tickets are 16 and 20 euros, and in her program for the evening are these compositions:

Albéniz: Iberia Book 1.
Beethoven: Sonata in A flat major, Op. 110.
Jane O’Leary: Five Bagatelles (world première) commissioned by Music for Galway with funds from the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon.
Schubert: Sonata in G major, D. 894.