EYE on the Edge

Date 23.04.2021 - 25.04.2021
Venue Online
Organiser Galway 2020 & the European Parliament
Registration Click here

Galway 2020 and the European Parliament present EYE on the Edge.


EYE on the Edge is an exciting new festival created by young people taking place from 23 to 25 April 2021. Originally planned as a 2-day festival in Galway City, the festival is now going fully online due to the ongoing pandemic. As such the festival will now happen in multiple locations right across Galway, Ireland, Europe and beyond!


The project brings together young people (age range 16 to 30) and fuses politics, arts and culture to create dialogue, share ideas and respond to contemporary European and global challenges. It will do this through an engaging and interactive programme of discussions, workshops, artistic performances, exhibitions and other activities.

Our core message is Diverse Voices. We are bringing together diverse groups, diverse opinions and diverse solutions to some of the most important issues facing us today. You can check out the amazing array of speakers and talent we have lined up in our festival programme and register now.


Check out the full programme of events


Follow the EYE on the Edge on social media:


Instagram: eyegalway2021

Twitter: EYEGalway2021

Facebook: Eye on the Edge Galway 2021




The EYE on the Edge project is part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme and is a local European Youth Event (EYE), a biennial event in Strasbourg which brings together thousands of young people from all over the European Union and beyond to share and shape their ideas on the future of Europe.




Meet the Eye on the Edge Team!


Cameron Keighron

Age: 26


Occupation: Full Time PhD student in Electrophysiology


Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: I am really passionate about the power of young people and how to create opportunities for us to have our voices heard. This seemed like a great way to be able to empower the voices of young people on global challenges we face in an interesting way!

Caoimhe McCarthy

Age: 24

Occupation: Trainee at the European Parliament

Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: I think it’s so important that young people have a chance to influence the decisions that shape their lives. The EYE not only provides them with a platform, but it encourages young people who may not already be engaged in political matters to speak out about the issues affecting them in creative ways, through music, comedy, poetry etc.

Connor Carney

Age: 21

Occupation: Software development student

Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: I got involved in the project to meet and work with people that are passionate about young people and how their voices will affect our futures. I saw the EYE project as a great way to promote how the youth want their voices to be heard.

Jakub Kostanski

Age: 19

Occupation: Social care student

Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: I wanted to get involved and give an opportunity to young people to express themselves and to raise their voices on issues that are going on in the world. By being part of the eye on the edge I am able to advocate for young people to create a program to help them develop skills that will help them throughout life.

Lalie Crowley

Age: 20

Occupation: Studying Film & Documentary

Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: I love meeting new people and organising events!

Liz Hunt

Age: 21

Occupation: Intern at a environmental company / social science student

Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: To meet like-minded people who are passionate about a cause and to get an insight of what the behind the scenes of a festival looks like.

Meibh McKinney

Age: 23

Occupation: Programme officer intern with Cooperation Ireland

Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: I have always believed in the power that young people have to change the world. I saw the EYE as the perfect opportunity for youth to have their voices heard at a European level. I also loved how the project was not only going to involve young people, but it would also be designed by young people! Such a unique opportunity.

Mikayla Kelly

Age: 22

Occupation: Outdoor activity and education instructor

Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: I’ve always had an interest in helping my community at a local level. I saw the EYE as an opportunity to learn and grow from other ways of life and to make an impact. Also, I applied for this role to work with like-minded young people who are passionate about helping others!


Piotr Zabecki

Age: 23


Occupation: Community Youth Worker at Youth Work Ireland


Reason you got involved with EYE on the Edge: I’m really interested in giving young people a platform to voice out their opinions and thoughts. This is a great opportunity for them to be heard and do something new. Excited to be part of this team!

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