Arts Festival wants ‘friends’ on board

Pictured on board Galway’s Tourist Train are Friends of GIAF Natalie McCambridge, McCambridges; Susie Heaslip, Garavan’s Bar; John Crumlish, GIAF CEO; Ciara Geraghty; Galway Bay Hotel; Katie Walsh, Pálás Cinema; David Hayes; Skeffington Hotel; Eveanna Ryan, The Connacht Hotel; Trisha Connolly and Hannah Kowal, Claddagh Jewellers; Rachel Nohilly, Classic Tiles and Aisling O’Sullivan, GIAF Friends Manager.
Pictured on board Galway’s Tourist Train are Friends of GIAF Natalie McCambridge, McCambridges; Susie Heaslip, Garavan’s Bar; John Crumlish, GIAF CEO; Ciara Geraghty; Galway Bay Hotel; Katie Walsh, Pálás Cinema; David Hayes; Skeffington Hotel; Eveanna Ryan, The Connacht Hotel; Trisha Connolly and Hannah Kowal, Claddagh Jewellers; Rachel Nohilly, Classic Tiles and Aisling O’Sullivan, GIAF Friends Manager.

Galway International Arts Festival has announced details of its 2019 Friends Campaign, which invites businesses and individuals to get on board and play a part in creating something extraordinary this July 15th to 28th.
Last year represented GIAF’s biggest festival to date with audiences of 252,000 and an economic impact of €40.8 million. The success of the Festival, as a not-for-profit organisation, very much relies on the vital support of ‘Friends’ to help deliver a programme of world-class arts. State funding provides for 22% of the cost of the festival with the remainder coming from box office, sponsorship and the generous support of Festival Friends.
Support from Friends not only contributes to the ability to present a world-class festival, named in the Top 5 summer festivals in Europe by the Guardian newspaper, but also contributes to the commissioning of new projects, the development of educational and volunteer programmes, and much more.
By supporting the Festival, Friends also get to enjoy a unique festival experience with a host of great benefits including complimentary tickets, priority booking, access to the best seats and exclusive invitations to name but a few.
GIAF Friends Manager Aisling O’Sullivan said: “The Festival has developed lasting friendships with many businesses and individuals down through the years and I look forward to building on this in 2019. We’ve very grateful to our existing friends for the part they play in growing the Festival year on year and I’m excited to meet more of Galway’s arts and culture enthuiasts as we prepare for another record-breaking Festival this summer.”
In a programme of over 200 events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whatever level of support you choose, you will be part of one of Ireland’s biggest and most exciting events while helping GIAF deliver an extraordinary experience in Galway this July.
Tickets for some events are now on sale and the full programme will be announced in May.
To join GIAF’s Business Friends programme please contact Aisling O’Sullivan at friends@giaf.ie or visit the website.