Theatre professional Emma Rice

Power Talk: GIAF’s Talks Programme

19 July 2017
2 min read

Galway International Arts Festival’s Creative Ireland-supported talks programme explores power’s many guises this July.

A 24/7 cultural bastion, Galway City’s spark burns even brighter each July when the renowned Galway International Arts Festival brews up an eclectic creative storm, leaving ever willing participants thoroughly inspired in its wake.

Its 200+ events showcase and celebrate an impressive diversity of art forms and this year sees the acclaimed festival celebrate its landmark 40th anniversary. In support of the festival the festival, Creative Ireland has helped facilitate GIAF’s compelling 2017 programme of talks, First Thought.

First Thought, the festival’s engaging discussion platform, focuses on creativity that showcases thought-provoking discussion with both Irish and international thought leaders. With this year’s theme centred on power, expect forward-thinking ideas and creative viewpoints across arts and non-arts disciplines alike.

Set to be as engaging as it is exploratory, attendees can experience power examined via a real spectrum of intriguing lenses.

Theatre’s power, a cartoon’s might and robot ethics

Up for discussion at the 18-strong selection of talks is the power of silence with authors Anne Enright, Joe O’Connor and Roddy Doyle, borders with refugee activist and writer Fintan Drury, as well as power’s effect on the individual with novelist Colm Tóibín.

Set to be as engaging as it is exploratory, attendees can experience power examined via a real spectrum of intriguing lenses.

From Shakespeare’s Globe’s most recent artistic director Emma Rice discussing the sheer power of theatre, to an exploration of the might and impact of political cartoons with US cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, to the undeniable power of superheroes as explained by a panel of comic book artists and writers, not to mention an exploration of ethics in the burgeoning age of robots; the programme on offer is simply immense. With such breadth of topics being debated, the City of Tribes will surely spark with the power of creative discourse too.