New Hibernia Review
For twenty-six years the Galway Arts Festival has “morphed” the city of Galway into its natural logical conclusion: the city already boasts a young, artistic community, but for two weeks each summer, the festival brings the spotlight and the crowds to Galway for a celebration of the arts. Of late, however, the festival has suffered from decreased government expenditures on the arts—as have all the arts in Ireland. Recent festivals have been far more subdued than the extravagant Millennial Festival in 1999, during which the city teemed with outdoor events and more than one hundred thousand people gathered to watch the nighttime Macnas parade and fireworks.
“Galway Arts Festival, 2003: Focusing on Home, Still Delighting,” [full-length review essay]. New Hibernia Review, 7.4 (Winter 2003): 136-146.