Eased restrictions sees arts festival announce extra capacities for indoor shows

Extra in-person tickets go on sale for the in-demand Medicine and There Are Little Kingdom events

The Government announcement on the re-opening of indoor venues allowing increased capacities has resulted in more tickets being available for this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.

In a statement to the Advertiser last evening, the Festival confirmed that extra tickets will go on sale at 10 am today (Thursday ) for a number of events/productions at this year’s Festival. This announcement comes on foot of the Government’s guidelines for the next stage of the roadmap which will see increased capacities at indoor venues.

The extra in-person tickets will be for the in-demand Medicine and There Are Little Kingdom events — both of which had become the must-see events of this year’s programme.


Medicine, to be staged in the Black Box Theatre is presented by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, written and directed by Enda Walsh. It stars Aoife Duffin, Domhnall Gleeson and jazz drummer Sean Carpio in the world premiere production of this new play which has wowed critics and audiences alike in Edinburgh. The extra tickets will be for performances from Sept 2 to Sept 16.

There Are Little Kingdoms is Decadent Theatre’s production of the Kevin Barry work, and is being staged in the Town Hall Theatre.

All new bookers and existing ticketholders will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Any existing ticketholders who are not vaccinated are asked to contact the box office boxoffice@giaf.ie and their ticket will be fully refunded.

Return of live music indoors

The increased ticket availability comes on the foot of the imminent return of indoor live muic events in the city. From Monday September 6, indoor venues can increase capacity up to 60 per cent for those with proof of immunity. Audiences still have to be seated. For outdoor venues, up to 75 per cent of capacity will be permitted.


Live music in bars and at weddings can also take place, subject to protective factors such as social distancing, ventilation, and volume levels.

From September 20, indoor classes and group activities (including dance classes, bands and choirs ) can include up to 100 people if they are vaccinated. For indoor activities with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated, multiple pods of six people will be allowed. There will be no restrictions on outdoor classes.

From October 22, based on the criteria of 90 per cent of people over 16 being fully vaccinated, restrictions on live events and activities will be removed.

“Public health is our priority and this phased approach to alleviating restrictions will take time,” said Minister Martin, “but by continuing to listen to, and work together with, partners from the sector, we will start to repair an industry that has suffered so severely over the last 18 months.”


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