There were three festivals in Galway during the last 2 weeks of our program and some are going on until the end of July. There were the Galway Film Fleadh, the Galway Arts Festival, and the Galway Fringe Festival. I made myself (and subsequently others) see at least one event from each one of the festivals.
Galway Film Fleadh:
This was the 25th Film Festival that went on from July 9-14. They had some Irish films, world cinema, and some special guests (Saoirse Ronan and Zachary Quinto). Unfortunately during Monday – Thursday, I had an 8:30am class and homework to do, so it was hard to see too many films. Also, I really wanted to see a comedy, but literally most of the films they showcased were dark and depressing, but probably amazing. I wanted to giggle.
I did see Coldwater, which I wrote about in my previous blog post.
Galway Arts Festival:
The Arts Festival is from July 15-28 and features worldwide acts and events. They had theatre & dance, street spectacles, music, first thought, visual arts, and comedy. The one event that I really wanted to go to but it is after my program is “Whose Line is it Anyway?” “Whose Line” is coming to Galway after I leave!
I went to a ballet called The Rite of Spring & Petrushka at the Black Box Theatre.
The ballet was simply fantastic. It was so beautifully danced, enacted, and performed. At first I struggled to make meaning out of the ballet, but later I realized I should just take it as it is and just enjoy the experience.
The ballet was two parts with the first being The Rite of Spring, originally directed by Igor Stravinsky, and the second was Keegan-Dolan’s new interpretation of Petrushka. Stravinsky originally wrote the ballet in 1913, featuring two parts: (1) Adoration of the Earth, and (2) The Sacrifice. Stravinsky wrote about the origins of his ballet in his autobiography: “One day [in 1910], when I was finishing the last pages of L’Oiseau de Feu in St Petersburg, I had a fleeting vision … I saw in my imagination a solemn pagan rite: sage elders, seated in a circle, watching a young girl dance herself to death. They were sacrificing her to propitiate the god of Spring. Such was the theme of the Sacre du Printemps.”
The first part, The Rite of Spring, was exciting but graphic and slightly disturbing. Petrushka was brighter, happier, and more pleasant. All in all, the ballet was fantastic, and I’m so happy I went.
After the ballet, we went to see an outdoor performance of fire-breathing Dragons. My friend and I almost got trampled by the dragons because we didn’t move out of the way fast enough.
We stayed in the crowd, in the direction path of the dragon, and didn’t move until the dragons came rushing toward us.
Just taking pictures before the dragons trampled over us. Actually they didn’t, but we didn’t move out of its direction for a while! haha
Da dragon. Without wings. “It’s awkward that the dragon isn’t a real dragon,” Sinead.
The aftermath of the dragons
Afterward, we got gelato.
Galway Fringe Festival:
The Fringe Festival is almost like the Arts Festival but instead of worldwide, renowed artists, the Fringe Festival features local performers. They had, similarly to the Arts Festival, art, cabaret, children’s theatre, comedy, dance, literature, music, photography, theatre, and workshops.
I saw and bullied others into seeing a theatre performance called “Reality Shows.” “Reality Shows” basically made fun of this type of TV genre, and it advertised “Go for the giggles,” which was the only thing I wanted to do at the time.
It wasn’t fantastic, but I did definitely giggle.