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Arts Around The World: July 2018

By Claire Hammond

Take a look at the live events, entertainment, theatre and arts we’ve found for you this month! What’s happening near you? Whether you’re enjoying outdoor festivals and summer sunshine, or keeping warm with winter cabaret festivals, join us to celebrate arts around the world.

July 2018

Galway International Arts Festival, Ireland

The Galway International Arts Festival is Ireland’s largest annual arts festival and celebrates it’s 41st anniversary in 2018 from 16th to the 29th July in the city of Galway. Highlights of this years festival are expected to the visit of the acclaimed Australian circus company Backbone by Gravity & Other Myths. Some of the major acts taking to the Festival Big Top include Caribou, Madness, Kodaline, The Stunning, The Flaming Lips, Jenny Greene & The RTE Concert Orchestra, Walking on Cars and Gavin James. Opera fans can look forward to the large-scale production the Irish National Opera’s major new production of Orfeo ed Euridice which will premiere at GIAF 2018.

International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama, Cyprus, Greece

The “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” is a distinct cultural event with an international character. Cyprus will host theatre companies from all over the world to present ancient Greek drama in their own language. Performances bear an intense coloring of the performers’ country and the mosaic that is being created opens a dialogue with contemporary stages and an international audience. The performances are presented in open-air amphitheatres, such as the Ancient Odeon in Paphos, the Curium Ancient Theatre in Limassol and the “Skali” Amphitheatre Aglantzia in Nicosia, during the whole month of July every year.

Bregenz Festival, Austria

The famous opera festival on the world’s largest floating stage is held every year during the summer. George Bizet’s Opera Carmen and a monumental stage setting will bring the flair of Andalusia to the Lake Constance, 18 July to 20 August 2018.

Festival D’Avignon, France

The Avignon Festival is today one of the most important contemporary performing arts events in the world. This massive festival is a big part of the town’s cultural heritage, taking over from July 6-24, 2018. This year is the 72nd annual festival.

New York Musical Festival, USA

The 2018 New York Musical Festival (NYMF) kicks off July 9 and runs through August 5. The 15th annual festival features 12 original musical productions, ten musical readings, eight concerts, and three educational programs—all celebrating musical theatre and new work.

Noosa Alive!, Queensland, Australia

Noosa Alive an incredible 10 days and nights, of the best of the best in terms of artists, performers, authors, visual arts, film food and fun! The 2018 Noosa Alive festival event program is really exciting, and truly there is something for all ages, tastes and price ranges on offer in this year’s program. The event runs July 20-29, 2018.

John Light (Leontes) in The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare @ Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, ©Tristram Kenton 02/16

The Winter’s Tale, London, UK

In this latest production of The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe, director Blanche McIntyre takes on the tricky task of guiding the audience from tragedy and despair to comedy and finally a classic fairy tale ending.

The King and I, London, UK

Festooned with awards and five-star reviews, the Broadway production of the classic musical The King and I is coming to London for a 14-week run. This production, the first Broadway revival since 1996, ran for 16 months, won four Tony awards, and then went on a sell-out tour of the US. The West End is lucky to receive this show.

As You Like It, London, UK

Max Webster’s family production of Twelfth Night was a brightly-coloured treat at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre a few years back. Now the director returns with Shakespeare’s forest-set romantic comedy ‘As You Like It’ – not a kids’ version, but it should be big-hearted and accessible to all. And there’s original music composed by former Noah and the Whale frontman, Charlie Fink. Plan for a fun night out!

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