Cúirt International Festival of Literature has been at the forefront of Galway’s thriving festival and cultural sector for over 30 years. Bringing together the best in Irish and international literature, the festival combines dynamic events with fresh and innovative methods of bringing new and established writers to the West of Ireland. Recent guests have included Colm Tóibin, Eleanor Catton, Paul Muldoon and Anne Enright, among many more.
Cúirt actively fosters emerging talent through a dedicated workshop and awards programme, while running a successful education project with Cúirt Labs. The festival’s outreach initiative has expanded significantly in recent years, bringing Cúirt events to the wider Galway county and community.
Over the past number of years, Cuirt has grown in size and popularity, and along with the help of European funding and partners, the festival will extend in 2016 from a six day festival to an eight day event. This extension to the run of the festival allows for an increase in the number of projects, events, readings and happenings during the course of Cúirt.
“The Cúirt programme is substantial, with events ranging from kitchen readings, to youth events, to Town Hall main stage readings and interviews. This year we are extending the festival in recognition of the number of events the festival is running (over 80 in just six days last year). We look forward to opening Sunday 17th April at Hotel Meyrick, and we have a great week planned,” said Páraic Breathnach, Festival Producer.