Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, let the magic in.
This will be the largest and most complex cultural festival ever held on the island of Ireland. Starting on February 1st with a week of “fiery celebrations” around County Galway’s towns and villages, it will run for an entire year.
Galway has long been seen as a cultural hub, a place where people come for a week and stay for good, a place where artists are inspired and people find their place. Galway is extraordinary. Situated on the western edge of Europe, Galway is Ireland’s beating cultural heart. It’s a vibrant place, with creativity embedded deep in its DNA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the best cultural programme that Galway has to offer, not just in Ireland, but throughout Europe and across the world. Events throughout the year will involve more than 1,900 events across 154 projects, 170 partnerships and collaborations with local, national, European and international artists and cultural organisations from more than 30 different countries.
Some 2020 highlights include:
A Connemara mountain landscape will be illuminated as an epic spectacle by Finnish light artist Kari Kola.
Druid Theatre takes Ireland’s greatest 20th century one-act plays to towns and villages across Galway county.
American artist David Best, of Burning Man fame, will create a major new work with young people from Derry and Galway.
Giant Mirror Pavilion by Irish artist John Gerrard, set first in the Claddagh basin and later in 4,000 year-old Connemara bog.
Dramatic new interpretation of literary epic Gilgamesh by Galway master storytellers Macnas, written by Marina Carr and designed by Julian Crouch.
Margaret Atwood as part of t International Women’s Day celebrations.
J M Synge, a key figure in the Irish Literary Revival, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, celebrated in new festival in Galway and Aran Islands.
Homer’s Odyssey presented on tour of beaches of Galway.
Crossing the Line Festival, a pan-European festival of work made by Irish and European artists with intellectual disabilities.
Galway will join with Boston, Belfast and Nashville to host concerts by transatlantic stars of country, blues, gospel, folk and bluegrass.
Galway’s multiple music and theatre festivals will participate in Galway 2020 with enhanced programmes.
Unsung Project to explore, through light and sound, the lives of mothers and children who lived and died in Tuam mother and baby home.