Posts Tagged ‘festival’

Local Food & Craft Gift Fair

If you have started thinking about Christmas gifts this may be a great option for you. The fair will open this Saturday at 10 am and it will include the work of more than 40 artisans and food producers.

From a selection of homemade and artisan foods; ceramics; jewellery; textiles; quilts; pottery; wood crafted pieces. Many of the crafts people will be giving demonstrations of their work at various times throughout the weekend and the Galway FM outside broadcast will be there on Saturday morning with Valerie Hughes.

There will be a children’s play area with Jumping Clay Galway who will have lots of workshops for all the children.

Among others you will find the work of:

Jewelry by Aoife McGough at the Bone Carving Studio and Gallery

The handmade furniture of Woodbofin

The great pictures of Julia Dunin

Textile art by Ester Kiely

Opening times: Saturday 10pm – 6pm and Saturday 11am – 5pm. In the Black Box Theatre

galway international oyster & seafood festival

The opening night is tomorrow and still, there are some tickets available!!

This is going to be the 59th edition of the Oyster Festival here in Galway, maybe not so famous as the one in Clarenbridge but a great oportunity to enjoy this fancy seafood in the Irish way: with a pint of Guinness. If your stomach is not used to oysters there may be something else for you because some of the best restaurants in Galway are preparing their best menus for the weekend. Some of the restaurants are: Artisan Restaurant, Brasserie on the Corner, Cava Bodega, Cookes Restaurant, Martine’s of Quay Street, RAW Sushi Restaurant, Oscar’s Seafood Bistro.

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On Saturday, the 28th at 2 pm the World Oyster Opening Championship starts in the Marquee at Galway Harbour. This year there are 25 countries registered including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Wales. There will be approx. 5 heats of 5 minutes each where each country has an opportunity to win the coveted title – if your country is not represented, we encourage you to adopt a favourite & cheer all the same.It will be on until 9 pm

Saturday night is time for the OYSTER MASQUERADE ‘MARDI GRAS‘ EXTRAVAGANZA but it is already sold out (with tickets at 95 euros it has to be a fantastic party!!) Maybe for next year?? We will start a piggy bank to pay for the ticket, the mask and the cloak

Sunday will be the Family Day and, from 12 am kids can enjoy Circus lessons, join in the Pirate Fancy Dress or Play the giant family games (from 12-3pm)

This link will take you to their website with all the details, times etc.

Enjoy the festival!!

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Body And Soul

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This festival is in Ballinlough Castle,  County WestMeath, not too close to Galway, we know, but we think it’s quite interesting so here is all the information about it.

Body & Soul is a three-day festival that takes place annually across a weekend in late June – around one of Ireland’s oldest feasts: Midsummer’s or The Summer Solstice. Starting off as an idea, shaped and coloured by festivals like Burning Man in the Nevada Desert and the age-old art of celebration, Body&Soul carves an alternative world for artists, musicians and like-minded people to get together, to share ideas and stories that result in a unique and indescribable magic – an atmosphere so often lost in generic festivals and productions.

Among other Realms, you can find during day and night:

  • Midnight Circus: Moonlight & Madness
  • Greencrafts: with a craft village that lives and breaths craft as a dynamic and exciting community.

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And some the concerts and DJs you can enjoy:

  • NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (Saturday at 23h)
  • FUCK BUTTONS (Saturday at 1 am)
  • WALLIS BIRD (Sunday at 16 30h)
  • JAMES MURPHY (Friday at 22h)

So, you can see, from electronic music to the personal voice of Nick Cave, all kind of performance to enjoy during the weekend.

Also, important and different, children are very welcome to Body and Soul, you can find a series of Family Friendly Activities, for example the Funky Feet Dance crew; an exciting new Circus School and Ready Steady Balloons; the banging beats of Afro-Irish band Tig Linn; and the ever popular DJ Will Softly presenting the brilliant Soul Kids Disco.

** You can still find tickets here. The weekend ticket is 139 euros. To check all the details for different prices, camping sites, etc, check their great website

Mussel Festival…Mussels are not only a Belgian thing

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There’s always music, markets, talks, theatre, craic (didn’t we mention this last one before?)  but this time there will be mussels!!! Yes, mussels, that shellfish that not many people pay too much attention to around this land. Somebody thought they should get the consideration they deserve and so they came up with the idea of  The Connemara Mussel Festival. Here’s the way it was: on a Spring evening seating in a local pub chatting away around a few pints (how else…?) then someone called in with a bucket of those sea beings, cooked them with a simple but nice recipe and ate them with the company of some guitar playing…that’s it! The craic started there with the mussles! These are the Irish for you.

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Funny as it sounds that is truly the story of its beginning eight years ago. It grew so popular that they have their own website with plenty of events. Even if you feel like cooking, and like the idea of being nervously filmed in the Masterchief show, there will be Amateur Cooking Competition, and it’s for free! There won’t be any tv cameras (or maybe they will, who knows) but you could well be the winner of a fanstastic prize…

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Now, you have a good plan for the May Bank Holiday weekend. Don’t fancy mussels?   Don’t have to… just have a look at the fabulous program they offer and enjoy the craic!

Mussel Festival

From 3rd to 5th May

Tullycross, Renvyle Peninsula, Co. Galway

Art and Food at the Claddagh

Something to do on Sunday…that’s not always usual, but this week there’s no excuse to get up and shake out of your head the remaining of last night’s hangover.

How would the arts scene be without the mecenas that promote, give support and organise fairs around the world, specially in Ireland? There is so much Arts and Crafts scene that it’s almost impossible to write all about it in one go. Luckily there’s always good-hearted associations helping them out and spreding the word around. This time is STM Food and Craft, an organisation that runs fairs around Co. Galway.

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Beautifully made jewellery, original cute candles, ashtonising wooden pieces, new and cool knitting designs, delicious cakes and bread…anything that is handmade you can think of have a space this Sunday at the Food & Craft Fair. It always gives a good vibration to see that handmade crafts are still alive and kicking now more than ever.

Entrance is free but I wouldn’t go in there with my wallet empty…there will be so much awesome stuff that I’d regret not to have a cent on me, and at the same time giving support to all these  talented artists.

Food and Craft fair

Sunday 28th April, from 9 am to 3 pm

St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary’s Church, The Claddagh, Galway

The time of the Art: CÚIRT

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If you have walked Quay Street last weekend you may have noticed Tigh Neachtain has changed the facade. No, no, don’t worry, they are not going to close the pub and open a bookshop, it is just the International Festival of Literature, the CÚIRT is here again and Neachtain (and also Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop or Roisin Dubh) is one of the main sponsors of the festival.

With the slogan: After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world, the festival includes a week of events about literature and writers you should not miss.

The official opening will be this Wednesday in the Hotel Meyrick where President Michael D. Higgins will make it official at 6 15 pm, although the events start today, Tuesday.

And after the opening, in the Town Hall Theatre, 2 huge names in literature, Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley will be reading and talking from 8 30 pm.

This is a wide festival, so better check the program with the different activities and times.

We can select just a couple of workshop, like the one in Hotel Meyrick next saturday 27th, with Stuart Neville (writer of The Twelve, of The Ghosts of Belfast, if you have bought the book in the United States). It is Crime writing, for 2 hours (10 to 12 am) a workshop about characters and plot, where you can learn how the two of them depend on each other and are constantly interrelated.

Also on Saturday, the Galway Arts Centre (47 Dominick Street) will be transformed into a creative space for young people. This event is ideal for young people interested in pursuing a creative career and exploring their potential across a wide variety of art forms. Emphasis will be placed on inventiveness, experimentation and imagination. Galway Arts Centre expects to welcome young Galwegians from 14 to 24 years of age for a day of experimentation, inspiration and discovery. The event runs from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm.