Statement from Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
24 March 2020: The Board of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture held a meeting today to discuss the evolving situation regarding Covid 19 and how we move forward during these unprecedented times.
In light of the extraordinary challenges we are facing and the unknown timeline as a result of this ongoing public health emergency, the board of Galway 2020 today decided that a significant contraction of the programme is necessary. Decisions, which will be taken in the very near future, will be consistent with Government policy and will be in the best interest of the health of the public, our team, cultural partners and our volunteers. More detailed information will be provided in the days ahead.
The board of Galway 2020 wishes to acknowledge and thank our team and cultural partners for all of their hard work and commitment to date.
12 March 2020: Following the guidance issued by the Government today in relation to new measures to contain Covid-19, Galway 2020 in conjunction with our Cultural Partners and artists have been reviewing all of our events scheduled during the period up to 29 March.
The following projects are impacted as follows:
• The Deepest Shade of Green- West of Sumer, Saolta Arts, Launch and talk
• Northern Peripheries, Galway Stories Through A Lens, Galway Film Centre in association with Screen Talent Europe
• West Words, Apeirogon, Galway Public Libraries
• Comhaltas – Moycullen 17th March
• Livefeed (Loughrea)
• Laurie Anderson, To The Moon
• Onside & National Football Exhibition, FAI
• TULCA – Threads
• Immersive Classroom, NUIG
• Reimagine Loughrea, Irish Architecture Foundation
• Buzzing – Kiltiernan National School
• Savage Beauty, Kari Kola (Ticket holders will be contacted directly and will receive a refund)
• Sruth Na Teanga – Branar
• Home Truths: Domestic Violence Response Exhibition
• Interaction, Galway Theatre Festival launch event
While Galway 2020 and our Cultural Partners are extremely disappointed to have made these decisions, public health is our number one priority and we must follow Government advice.