Seafest Festival Galway 2017

Galway is a lively city that there is always something on in and that is one of the reasons why I love living here. There is so much life and buzz around the city and I want to start sharing more about what is going on and where to stay and eat as I have lived here for over 15 years and I genuinely love this corner of the world. 

Seafest Festival Galway 2017
Image kindly provided by SeaFest

So with that in mind – there is an unusual festival coming up called SeaFest. I say unusual as it focuses not on music of food as you may expect in Galway but helps you discover all about our ocean – from how we explore, to shipwrecks and creatures of the deep. And I think that is wonderful. We are blessed in Galway to be right beside the sea but I for one know that I do not know a lot about it!

Seafest Festival Galway 2017

Last year, SeaFest attracted more than 60,000 visitors to the city which is pretty amazing. The festival will this year expand to include new activities around Galway Harbour, as well as in Salthill and the nearby Latin Quarter. Galway Harbour will be transformed into an amazing ‘open air sea world’ for the three-day festival. There will be plenty of entertainment and attractions on the water as well. I am so delighted that they are using the harbour as it feels like such a wasted space that should be used more for events like these. I am very excited to see the World Champion Flyboarders who will be performing aerial acrobatics! Apparently, they can go up to 15 meters into the air which should be pretty awesome.

There is also going to be a stunning tall ship there called the Pheonix. This ship has actually featured in TV productions and movies in the past so should be a show-stopping attraction. “This is going to be a truly spectacular festival rivalling anything in Europe, and attract up to 100,000 visitors,” Dr John Killeen Chair of the Marine Institute. Not a bad boost for our city.

Seafest Festival Galway 2017

Alongside the festival, I think it is also important to point out the Ocean Wealth Summit is also happening. It forms a key part of the Government’s integrated plan for Ireland’s marine sector, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, and will bring together world renowned speakers, industry experts, business development agencies and the Irish business and marine research community for focused discussions on this year’s theme of ‘Rethinking Boundaries and Innovation for a Sustainable Marine Economy’. {via}

It is a national maritime festival, is free to attend and is running in Galway from 30 June to 2 July 2017.  You can learn more about the festival via their website and they will also be posting updates on their Facebook Page! I am certainly looking forward to this festival this year 🙂


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