The West’s Awake!

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The West’s Awake!

The West’s Awake community weekend, running the 19th and 20th August in Tuam town, invites local community groups, creatives and artists of all forms to be part of a showcase of Tuam’s creativity and talent.

This weekend will celebrate Tuam, it’s people, place and cultural heritage of the past, present and yet to come. Be part of this weekend and join the fun!


Programmed throughout the town, it will showcase all that Tuam has to offer, in a weekend of family events and happenings. With more than 10,000 people expected to town for the Saw Doctors concerts, what better way to spotlight the breadth of talent and creativity in the Tuam municipal district and show how awake the West is! These events will be free of charge for all.


We are coordinating a series of happenings throughout the town.
This will include:

1 Live music stage

1 visual arts group show

Community workshops

Poetry Readings

Short story sharings

Short film screenings

A digital archive of all the art work from the weekend


So if you would like to promote your group or activity, create an event or host a workshop,  submit a 2D art work for exhibition, perform a poem or story on the day, organise a street performance / showcase a short film you have made,  share or sing a song or any other idea you may have to bring to the weekend you can contact us by completing the application form. Please note that these events will be free to attend.


Already planning something for the weekend?

If you have plans or ideas already in motion to showcase the great work that you do, or are hosting an event in your group, business or organisation on that weekend, please let us know the details so we can include the event in a printed programme so as many as possible can learn about it. Simply email cpt[at] to tell us all about it.


There are many ways be part of this.  Please complete an application form online or get your hands on a printed copy.:

Applications can be:

  • Posted to Creative Places Tuam, Tuam Town Hall, Corralea West, Galway, H54 XD61
  • Dropped off to Tuam Town Hall (Blue Door with ramp) in the letter box
  • Email event listings to cpt[at]
  • There will a small contribution to those programmed in the weekend.


Deadline for submission: Wednesday 19th July 2023 at 5pm



If you have any questions or queries about this weekend please call Carolann from Creative Places Tuam on (085) 143 7774 via email at cpt[at]



Please note:  We will include as many submissions as possible in the printed programme. The submission deadline Wednesday 19th July 2023 at 5pm is to produce a physical booklet of submitted (previously un-published) literature works: stories, songs and poem, but all submissions that adhere to the Safe to Create guidance will be included in the digital archive on this website.



This event is supported by Creative Places Tuam, Galway County Council Arts Service, The Saw Doctors, Galway Rural Development and the local community.



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The West’s Awake!