Your Arts Festival Dressing Guide

Post by CM

Summer festivals aren’t all music and camping and bags of cans y’know. Sure, you have your Body & Souls and your Electric Picnics and that’s great, but there are also a ton of local community events with fun for all the family, as well as major affairs like the Galway International Arts Festival. I’m currently terribly excited about the Galway Film Fleadh, one of the most wonderful times of the year for me, and planning my outfits for each day accordingly, as Country Mice do.


Galway is a UNESCO City of Film, thanks in no small part to the Film Fleadh, which is now in its 29th year. On a bright sunny day it can be confused with Cannes (kinda), and that’s where I’m taking my inspiration for my festival wardrobe (though with this drizzly, wintry weather I might be better off looking to January’s Sundance…). No! I shall not be moved. Cannes and its sun-shiney glamour it is.


This certainly wouldn’t look out of place on the steps of the Town Hall Theatre!

The morning programme is host to a selection of short films, so what better time than to show off your pins (and who doesn’t love a fashion pun?!)? I’m a fan of the city shorts look, leave denim cut-offs to our music festival cousins. I’ll be wearing flats, and throwing a jumper on over my shirt.




Following your morning viewing and before your afternoon show, a decent lunch should be on the cards (try The Black Gate Cultural Centre, it’s but a stone’s throw from the Town Hall Theatre and the Cinemobile and has the best selection of French wine in town, and you’re being cultural, it would be wrong not to have a glass of good wine with your cheese board!). If you have time to change, a gamine Gallic look is what to go for. You can always wear a Breton top, casual jeans, espadrilles and jaunty scarf, or you could give something like these looks a whirl.



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The evening is typically when the most anticipated films get their showings, and you’re sure to spot a few industry movers and shakers mingling with the regular people like you and me. Might as well make a bit of an effort then (but not too much of an effort), especially for the after party down in the Rowing Club (entry applies to holders of tickets to one of each day’s films only, so your in-crowd ensemble will go down a treat here!)

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I’ll be out and about in my film festival getup until Sunday, and am sure to be documenting my progress over on Twitter and Instagram – come say hi!


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