About the festival  - an open invitation to join us in Galway

Oscar Wilde Festival was set up in 2013. It was born out of a need to celebrate Wilde and his west of Ireland links, the place he described as "a savage beauty".

The festival is based in Galway on the west coast of Ireland and endeavours to awaken new insights into Wilde and into his huge links with this part of the world. Showcasing Wilde in a west of Ireland setting sums up what this festival is all about. Exploring Wilde the writer and Wilde the man in the setting he described as "majestic". 

A Wilde statue on Shop Street is an endless fascination to people who arrive in Galway city. In many minds, Wilde is associated with Dublin, London and Paris. This festival is about sharing the wealth of influence the west of Ireland had on him as a person and a writer and storyteller.

Not much is widely known of the huge influence the west of Ireland had on him and his family. His father, in particular, Sir William Wilde has strong family connections with the west of Ireland and displayed a huge interest in the area. But this link is really only the beginning. There are so many more and it is a joy to work with people who are busily uncovering them and researching these links. 

As Wilde's life and work encompassed so much, we aim to bring you many aspects of his life and those around him.

And we are delighted to say that we have the blessing of Wilde's grandson, Merlin Holland. He too, believes that a Wilde festival  in Galway is a fitting tribute to the life and work of his grandfather.

We hope to educate and entertain people about Wilde and leave a lasting impression - long after the festival is over. 


This September 4-6, 2015, the festival will once again welcome visitors from Ireland and overseas. This is the only festival, celebrating the writer's life and work in Ireland. Join us in celebrating Wilde and get to see just why Wilde so relished his time here. 

The festival is run on a voluntary, non for profit basis. 

The festival would like to acknowledge the support of Galway City Council.

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