Gather Round...


We’re on the hunt for 2,020 participants for the Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony.


From every nook of Galway City, to every cranny of the county and beyond, we’re looking for people to get involved in what will be one of the largest events the West has ever seen.


Percussionists and chanters are just some of the roles being cast in the seven day-long opening celebrations, but if you can clap your hands, stamp your feet or bang a pot and pan, then you are exactly who we want.

Starting on 2 February in Clifden, fiery celebrations will erupt in towns across the county over seven consecutive nights. Moving ever closer to the city through the first week of Imbolc, with events in Clifden, An Spidéal, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Portumna and Athenry.

Participants from the events in the towns will form part of the huge county-wide cast which will invade the streets and squares of Galway City on the evening of Saturday 8 February for the spectacular open-air finale.

The week-long opening ceremony, which will draw on local themes and traditions from across Galway,  is being produced by Wonder Works. The Wonder Works team has worked on Olympic opening ceremonies in Athens, London and PyeongChang, among other world-class events.

This is an ideal opportunity for everyone of all abilities over the age of 18 –  families, friends, neighbours, teammates and community groups  to sign up and participate alongside world-class creative talent and take their place in what will be a week to remember marking the beginning of an extraordinary year.

Specific roles for the community cast will include both percussionists and chanters with and without experience. So if you have experience, great, and if you don’t, that’s great too. You’ll be learning from world-class professionals to get you ready for the big event. We’re also casting for general roles, so if you’d like to take part, and aren’t sure what it is you’d like to do, come along to our kick-off  event on 30 November from 1pm to 4pm at Lesiureland, Sathill, to find out more about what you could do.

Everyone taking part in one of the towns across Galway will also perform in the final element of the opening ceremony, a breath-taking open-air event.

Following the kick-off event, a number of rehearsals will take place in Clifden, An Spidéal, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Portumna, Athenry and Galway City in advance of the opening ceremony.

There will be a mixture of town specific and all-town group practices. The timetable and venues for these is available here. The practice rehearsals will run on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday from Friday 6  to Sunday 22 December. There will be a break for Christmas and New Year and practice rehearsals will then resume on the weekends from Friday 3 January to Sunday 2 February.

A commitment of between 6 and 36 hours of rehearsals, depending on your individual role in the ceremony will be required. Check out our FAQ’s for more information.


Galway 2020 is committed to working towards universal access across all of our activities. We encourage all interested parties to contact us to discuss any accessibility questions they have.

Interested in taking part?

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