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Our first flagship programme gives the opportunity to any community group in Galway City and County to apply for funding to develop a new cultural project in their community.
Inspired by the 1937-1938 Schools Folklore Project, Corrib Celebration aims to bring together children from the 24 schools around Lough Corrib to celebrate this iconic lake and its communities.
An Lucht Siúil will take audiences on a fascinating journey exploring the many different nomadic cultures that exist in Europe and around the world and have done so for thousands of years.
The Hear Our Voice project seeks to give a voice to those who are non-verbal or have difficulties with language, by empowering the individuals, their family and their community to explore creative expressions of ‘language’.
Oileán Beag, Pictiúr Mór is a project that will involve 20 artists drawn from a local, national and international base to document the island of Inis Oírr over a weekend through their various disciplines and to produce a body of work that portrays the essence of island life on the smallest of the Aran Islands.
The Headford Lace Project seeks to revive Headford’s lacemaking heritage and contribute to the vibrant cultural life of Headford, by bringing the story of lace to life for a new generation and placing Headford firmly on the map locally, nationally and internationally.
Doire Press presents Galway Stories: 2020, a new collection of stories set in Galway city and county by twenty acclaimed writers who live, or have lived, in Galway, as well as maps, photographs and background information on each neighbourhood.
The Elephant in the Room is an exploration of children’s games rhymes and folklore but not as you know it in this upside-down world of optical illusions, trickeries, opposites and general mayhem.
Learning from the Landscape will revisit the rich Bardic traditions of Medieval Milltown to enrich our own lives, by exploring the bardic past and relating it to our present within the landscape of word, music, fun, creativity, culture, nature, dance and much more.
ARD Family Resource Centre, Doughiska in collaboration with Fionnathon Productions present Cultural Café Evenings, a series of café events, in a pop-up cultural café as a space for creating intercultural dialogue.
It takes a Village is a collaborative event which involves community development of 3D models of spaces and the built environment. The event will be composed of a series of workshops and talks providing education, support and collaborative opportunities based on urban design and the built environment.
The goal of Féile Ílteangacha na Gaillimhe / Galway’s Mother Tongues Festival is to celebrate linguistic diversity and to showcase artistic activities that involve the use of the many languages spoken in Ireland.
With the project I Am a Constant in the Journey of My People, Friends of Merlin Woods will explore the themes of internal and external migration.
Claregalway Community Hub plan to celebrate the diverse culture of Claregalway through the Trick or Treat Trail, a Halloween trail, bringing the whole community together in a multicultural celebration of food, music, games and performances.
Loughrea Medieval Festival presents A Taste of the Past: Exploring our European Connections.
Exploring themes of migration, transition, change, identity, integration and sanctuary, Oirthear le Chéile present Heart Steps…A Tapestry of Memories, a project of public performances of dance, movement, drumming, voice and song and prop making.
Wild, fun and challenging, the Shot by the Sea film project is an event by The Village Salthill in which teams come together from the community, share resources and make short films, up to 5 minutes long.
The Community Led Characterisation of Gort Town is a programme of events which will harness the energy and enthusiasm of the community to re-examine the opportunities that exist for Gort as a vibrant rural town.
Amicitia want to break the work record for the largest sculpture ever made from recycled materials. A Giant Leap, aims to bring together disability organisations, youth groups, artists, musicians, community activists, technologists and social dreamers.
Fisherwoman, Fisherwoman, Sell me your Pike will draw on the culture and folklore of the Claddagh as a unique part of Galway city’s make up. Steeped in rich history, superstitions and a dependence on the sea, the Claddagh represents so much of what is unique about Galway city.
Knocknacarra 2020 Group bring us Connections: A Neighbourhood of Difference, a large-scale jigsaw puzzle art installation.
Through a variety of fun and informative events Galway Medieval Festival will be a celebration of the city’s medieval culture, food and European connections hosted by Galway Civic Trust.
With their project Paving New Pathway to an Ancient City, 3 Rings Festival in Tuam aim to celebrate the rich cultural heritage they have inherited and bring unity to today’s culturally diverse communities of Tuam.
With Summer Sundays Citóg Records will curate a series of daytime outdoor music concerts bringing audiences to iconic locations such as the Small Crane, Galway Markets, Spanish Arch, Salthill Promenade and Woodquay Park.
Skylight 47, the biannual poetry magazine, present Let the Stories be Told. The aim of this project is to facilitate people who, ordinarily, would not get the opportunity to share their individual story, enabling them to find their voice through creative writing and specifically in the forms of poetry, memoir, or short fiction.
Traidphicnic introduces a new project, Deasghnátha an Chroí / Rituals of the Heart, to be exhibited at their 2018 festival.
Inclusive Soccer is a new soccer tournament from COPE Galway. Building on the work of COPE Galway with its current soccer group with clients of their homeless service this project will host a new soccer tournament with other community groups from Galway city and county.
Food for the Soul, will provide us with a series of events by Galway Arts Centre including a community kitchen pop-up, debates, workshops, talks and exhibitions which aim to stimulate dialogue and discourse in community, politics and humanities.
A project headed up by Oughterard Culture & Heritage Group, Come Listen to our Stories will develop a digital Heritage and Cultural trail of Oughterard and its environs.
Galway Congolese Association’s project seeks to bring together talented artists including musicians, comedians and traditional music and folklore dancers within the Congolese, African and Francophone communities.
Drawing on the poem ‘Beal a Ghárta’ by Raferty, who was disabled by blindness and marginalised by poverty and homelessness, Ballygar Eco Cultural Group will reflect on the issues of loneliness and isolation caused by physical disability, mental illness and cultural barriers in a contemporary setting in the project The Other: Together.
In a new and exciting departure for Westside Arts Festival, A Wild and Generous Landscape will bring a range of heritage crafts to a modern audience and, in the process, will produce specially-commissioned works for exhibit during Westside Arts Festival.
Telling Stories, Sharing Cultures, is a new story telling project brought to us by Galway Integration Consortium.
Lights in the Garden, will create a night time, light filled, sensory experience set in the Walled Garden at Kilcornan, Clarinbridge. Created by the Brothers of Charity Arts and Horticultural Group and their support network, this project will be based around the themes of language and communication.
Reimagining Culture, Environment & Heritage demonstrates how imaginative interventions associated with local symbols of significance (in this case, the Well of Woodpark & other heritage sites in Annaghdown) create a sense of belonging for old, young, indigenous and new community members.
Galway African Diaspora in partnership with the Karibu Congolese Artist Group will host an African Arts Exhibition and Workshop in Galway City demonstrating aspects of Congolese migration, art and diversity.
A new initiative in the Menlo community, 32nd Galway Menlo Scouts Get Started will follow the set up and first outings of the newly formed 32nd Galway Menlo Scout group.
With Smart Arts Kinvara, Kinvara Area Visual Artists aims to educate a group of Kinvara teenagers on what makes a great photograph and to encourage them to really observe what they capture on camera.
‘Our unfenced country’ is a phrase taken from the Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Bogland’. It evokes both the beauty of the open, natural landscape of Connemara as well as the idea of a place without barriers; a place where people can travel freely and communities are enriched by the new ideas, skills and perspectives this freedom of movement brings.
Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association, the Galway Music Residency with its resident artists ConTempo Quartet, artist Finbar McHugh and Ballinasloe Library present Connecting the Dots - an intergenerational project connecting primary school children with older generations through Music and Art.
A project headed up by Devon Park Residents Association that celebrates native Irish apples and the people that grow them; what’s not to like!
A new addition to Féile Oireachtas Ceardaíocht Na nOileán in Lettermullan the Take Back Our Past project rediscovers and celebrates old island traditions, and passes them on to those of our next generation, before they are lost forever.
Flotsam seeks to raise awareness and respond to the ever growing problem of plastic pollution
The Ballinderreen Sur La Mer project will develop a brand new weekend festival that celebrates the unique aspects of the local community. Taking the theme of Landscape the project will explore the coastal identity and heritage of this community through shoreline walks, talks and workshops.
Corrib Quilters is a project that will bring different elements of the community together through the craft of quilting.
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