Mr. Paul Fahy

Galway International Arts festival, Artistic Director & Producer Galway, Ireland


Paul Fahy is the Artistic Director & Producer of Galway International Arts Festival a position he has held since 2005. Prior to this he worked as a freelance arts consultant, publicist and producer from 2000-2005 working on contracts with Galway Arts Festival; Macnas Street Theatre & Spectacle Company; Baboró, Galway International Arts Festival for Children; Rough Magic Theatre Company; International Puppet Festival of Ireland; The National Theatre of Ireland, The Abbey Theatre; The Arts Council of Ireland and with the Irish actor Cillian Murphy.

He programmed and produced the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Ireland’s leading literary festival in 1998 and 1999 working with writers from Seamus Heaney, Colum McCann, Margaret Atwood, Ben Okri, Thomas Keneally and Amos Oz. He was one of the key visual arts curators for Galway Arts Centre from 1990-1999 where he curated many Irish visual arts shows including Charles Lamb, Brian Bourke, William Crozier and Sean Mc Sweeney with international exhibitions from Joan Miro, Sydney Nolan and Marc Chagall. He was the Consultant Programme Director with Kilkenny Arts Festival from 1999–2003 for whom he also directed a major street theatre spectacle The Art of the Game.

Since being appointed Artistic Director of Galway International Arts Festival in 2005, the Festival has positioned itself not only as a presenter but a curator and producer of it’s own work which and has toured internationally to America, Australia and the UK, most recently to the National Theatre of Great Britain, London; Edinburgh Festival; Next Wave Festival, BAM, New York; St. Ann’s Warehouse New York; the Adelaide Festival of Arts, and Sydney Theatre Company.

For the Festival he most recently produced the multi-award winning productions of Enda Walsh’s Misterman starring Cillian Murphy, and Ballyturk starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea (both co-produced with Landmark Productions); Olwen Fouéré’s riverrun (co-produced with TheEmergencyRoom in association with Cusack Projects) and designed and produced Enda Walsh’s Room 303.

“Under Paul Fahy’s direction, this year’s Galway catered for all tastes. I’ve rarely encountered a better curated festival or one that more exhilaratingly mixed the local and the international.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian (London)

Galway International Arts Festival

A creative collision on the edge of Europe

Galway International Arts Festival is one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals producing and presenting an extensive programme of the performing and visual arts, ideas and debate. The Festival takes place each July in Galway on Ireland’s west coast and had an attendance of 180,000 in 2014.

In recent years the Festival has begun touring its own productions and exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Most recently its production of Ballyturk by Enda Walsh, starring Cillian Murfi, Michael Murphy and Stephen Rea, (co-produced with Landmark Productions) had its world premiere at the Festival in 2014 and toured to Dublin, Cork and the National Theatre of Great Britain in London. The show won Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards 2014. The Festival’s co-production with Landmark of Misterman by Enda Walsh starring Cillian Murphy (Best Actor, Irish Theatre Awards and Drama Desk Awards NY) premiered in Galway in 2011 and toured to St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York and National Theatre, London in 2012.

TheEmergencyRoom and Galway International Arts Festival’s production of riverrun, in association with Cusack Projects, performed and directed by Olwen Fouéré, premiered at Festival 2013, and toured to Dublin Theatre Festival, the National Theatre, London, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BAM, New York, and the Adelaide International Arts Festival.

The Festival co-production with Northlight Theatre of Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti starring John Mahoney and Penny Slusher premiered in Chicago in March 2014 and played in Galway during Festival 2014.

Alongside its producing role the Festival has also presented the work of seminal artists in recent years across the artforms including Joni Mitchell, Bill Viola, The National, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, John Gerrard, Hughie O’Donoghue, Cormac McCarthy, David Hockney, Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Michael Clark Dance Company, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, Tanis Pere-Salas Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Stephen Petronio Dance, Steppenwolf, Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, and Australia’s Circa, and works regularly with leading Irish companies including Druid.

Galway International Arts Festival,

Black Box Theatre, Dyke Road, Galway, Ireland

13-26 July, 2015
11-24 July, 2016