Galway Arts Festival presents a wide range of performances on the streets and in venues across the city.

Now in its 29th year, the Galway Arts Festival has become one of the biggest and most talked about festivals in Europe. Galway city has yet again been plunged into a frenzy of street carnival, theatre and performance arts.

Turn any street corner in festival spellbound Galway this week and you never really know what you might or might not find there or what to expect next.

Locals and visitors alike have flocked to the city streets to enjoy the street performances. Off the streets, there are spectacular shows from international acts such as the Chicago based Hubbard Street Dance Company.

Managing Director of the Galway Arts Festival John Crumlish says that the festival is now on a par with similar festivals in Edinburgh and Adelaide. He also points out that the economic impact of the festival for the region is €20 million. With 192 performances over two weeks they are expecting about 150,000 visitors to the city.

A rival festival '06 Project’ is also taking place in Galway in tandem with the Arts Festival with the aim of providing a platform for Irish artists and performances. Michael Mac Donnchadha of Project 06 says that the event offers people the opportunity to get involved in performance and the arts for the first time.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 July 2006. The reporter is Jim Fahy.