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The AICF Conference

October 24-27, 2023 | Galway, Ireland


The 2023 Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals Conference will take place in Galway, Ireland. The majority of the conference will be held at the Galway Bay Hotel. With beautiful views over the Atlantic ocean, the hotel is situated along the famous Salthill promenade and is only five minutes from Galway City Centre. The conference will include keynote presentations, panels, breakout sessions, socials, and entertainment showcases. The official showcase venue is Monroes Live, an award-winning venue that hosts over 250 events annually, including many musical artists well-known in the Irish, Celtic, and Folk scenes.

Hotel Booking

The conference rate is available with check in on October 24 through check out on October 27.

Room Rate: 
€125 for single
€135 for twin/double

Booking Info: 
Book your reservations at the Galway Bay Hotel by emailing Reservations may also be made by calling 011 353 91 520 520.

Include the following information in your email, or have this information available if calling:

  • - Full Name
  • - Group Name: Association of Irish & Celtic Festivals
  • - Dates 
  • - Room type preference (single vs. twin/double) 

Galway Bay Hotel is offering a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate for conference attendees wishing to stay in Galway for the Macnas Parade on the evening of October 29th. These rooms will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis and are priced as follows:

  • - October 27: €170 per single room B&B or €180 per twin/double room
  • - October 28-29: €180 per single room B&B or €190 per twin/double room

Artist Entertainment Showcase Submission

Deadline to Submit: July 15, 2023

The Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals Conference will host an entertainment showcase, featuring 12 bands and artists. We invite artists living in Ireland or Northern Ireland to apply to showcase for the organizers and promoters of many of the Irish and Celtic festivals across North America. All showcasing artists should be able to obtain visas and travel to North America for festival performances during the summer festival circuit (mostly June through September).

Artists selected for the showcase will be compensated from a grant provided by Culture Ireland. Each person in a band will receive 150 euros and each band will receive a stipend of 200 euros for travel to Galway. All will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation costs. Click the button below to submit an application to be a part of the showcase!

Apply Here

Pre-Conference Tour

October 17-24
8 Days, 7 Nights
Clare | Mayo | Donegal | Galway

Join us for an 8 day-spectacular tour of the Wild Atlantic Way, visiting unique cultural and historical sites and breathtaking landscapes. We endeavored to find experiences that are beyond the usual. That includes some off the typical path, some on the path, and some more unique. We have filled the days with cultural and historical experiences amid beautiful surroundings. Music will be a key part of the tour, whether visiting recognized musical venues or having local groups perform.

Please note that spaces are limited, so we are asking that at least one person per room be a participant in the AICF Conference. Because of the nature of the tour, it is aimed at adults.

Click here to view and/or download a PDF of the trip's full itinerary. Click the button below to fill out the tour form and submit your deposit.

Book Tour

Booking Details

  • $1795 per person (based on double occupancy)
    • + $525 up-charge if single occupancy (traveling solo)
  • $450 deposit per person due by July 21st
  • Remainder due by September 1st

Cancellation policy | Your deposit will be refundable* if you cancel prior to September 1, 2023. No refunds will be given after September 1, 2023. 
*No refund will be available on incurred processing fees.

Please ensure that your passport is up to date. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Ireland. We strongly encourage you to get travel insurance.

Grant Information

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs has graciously awarded us with a $40,000 grant to be used to assist each festival that attends the 2023 AICF Conference in Galway with their cost of attending. There is an expectation of each of the award recipients that they will book one, or more, of the showcase entertainers in the following two years at their festival. The $40,000 will be evenly distributed among each of those festivals who apply for the grant and attend the conference. To be eligible, the festival applying must have held a festival in 2023 with more than 1000 attendees and have committed to hold a festival in the subsequent two years. Payments will be mailed out shortly after the conference.

Click below to download the grant application. 


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Welcome to Galway

This year's AICF Conference will take place where the River Corrib meets the crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where medieval remnants intersperse with shops and pubs, where music is always present, and where vibrant sunsets shimmer across the bay. Visit the official Galway tourism website.

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Getting to Galway

Transportation options to get you to and around Galway

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Conference Location: Galway Bay Hotel

This is not a booking link. This link will take you to the hotel website to learn more about the official conference hotel and what's nearby.

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Showcase Venue: Monroes

The 2023 showcase venue is Monroes Live, located in Galway City. The award-winning venue hosts over 250 events annually, including many musical artists well-known in the Irish, Celtic, and Folk scenes.

Learn More Here...

Stay Up to Date via Email Communications
We will keep everyone updated via email -- if you don't think you have an AICF rep from your festival that is a part of our email list, please email



Sponsors & Partners

CiderBoys   Culture Ireland Logo - AICF Sponsor   Failte Ireland   Five Farms   Galway Tourism   ESP Gov of Ireland   AICF Sponsor   Foundation   Saffire AICF Sponsor

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