Galway Theatre Festival announces participating artists for EU project, Make a Move
03 April 2019

Galway Theatre Festival announces participating artists for EU project, Make a Move

Galway Theatre Festival celebrated a significant milestone on Wednesday 27th March with the launch of its first European project, Make a Move. The project, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme, the Arts Council, Galway 2020 and Galway City Council, will see artists and audiences from Galway meet, share skills with and experience the work of other artists from around Europe. 
Make a Move is an exciting 2-year project that will see Galway-based artists and audiences meet, share skills with, and experience the work of other artists from around Europe. It is led by Creative Laboratory for Contemporary Theatre KRILA (Croatia), in conjunction with Galway Theatre Festival (Ireland), University of Arts, Targu Mures (Romania), and Institute of Arts Barcelona, Sitges (Barcelona). The Make a Move project will execute and test an innovative Art Incubator program, designed particularly for non-institutionalised theatre practitioners and small independent cultural operators primarily from the field of contemporary movement-based theatre 

Theatre artist James Riordan was unveiled at the launch as the Galway representative in the overall Make a Move project. James will participate in the project’s three creative labs in Galway, Croatia and Romania in 2019, as part of a core group of 10 European artists. The launch also unveiled the 10 selected artists from Ireland who will participate in the Galway lab at the end of April - they are Anja Kersten, Eileen McClory, John Rogers, Sandra González Bandera, Liza Cox, Conor Geoghegan, Orlaith Ní Chearra, Francesca Castellano, Gráinne O’Carroll and Cathal McGuire.

Speaking about his selection, James Riordan said: 

'I'm delighted to have been selected on the Make a Move program - this is a really valuable opportunity for me as an artist to develop new European relationships, foster collaborations and push my work as Artistic Director of Brú Theatre forward.'

Speaking at the launch project manager, Máiréad Ní Chróinín said:

'We are very grateful for the strong support of our co-funders for a project which will help develop strong links between Galway and European artists, allow local artists to develop new skills, and bring new forms of exciting interactive and immersive theatre experiences to audiences in Galway city and county.'

The Galway Lab of Make a Move will run from April 25th - May 4th in Galway city and in Áras Éanna Arts Centre on Inis Oirr. For more information on the project see

Make A Move Participants; Conor Geoghan; John Rogers; International Participant, James Riordan


Galway will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020. As one of the largest cultural events in the world, Galway 2020 promises to deliver a year of thrilling, life-enhancing experiences through culture and the arts. The exciting pan-European programme for the year will see events in unexpected venues and locations throughout the region on the islands, in remote villages, in fields, mountains and on beaches. From food, music, dance, literature and visual arts to poetry, theatre, sport and large-scale spectacle, everyone will get the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Find out more about Galway 2020 events, calls and partnerships on their website here.