Man on stilts at Loughrea Medieval Festival

Galway County

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022

County Galway is a cultural and creative hot spot, with arts and heritage playing central roles in the lives and well-being of all citizens of the county.

From the lively music and arts scene of Tuam to the untamed beauty of Connemara - which has produced such notable creative figures as prominent Irish language writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Academy Award-winning film director John Ford, and actor Peter O’Toole, and inspired the likes of Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein - County Galway is a treasure trove of creative inspiration and activity.

From the lively music and arts scene of Tuam to the untamed beauty of Connemara, County Galway is a treasure trove of creative inspiration and activity.

Galway has been awarded the European Region of Gastronomy for 2018 and European Capital of Culture for 2020, and is home to the largest Gaeltacht area in Ireland, with nearly 20% of the population of the county living, working and creating as Gaeilge. It’s precisely this richness of tradition and commitment to community that informs Galway’s Creative Ireland local Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022, a highlight of which is certainly the Architecture is…On the Edge festival.