Opening Ceremony

Date 08.02.2020
Time 05:00 PM
Venue South Park, The Claddagh
Organiser Galway 2020
Galway 2020 is extremely disappointed to announce the cancellation of the finale of our Opening Ceremony this evening due to the severe national weather warnings in place for the whole of today, tonight and tomorrow.
Full statement here.

See Galway City transformed by firelight, as town casts from communities across the entire county unite in an unforgettable spectacle for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony.

On the evening of 8 February, President Michael D. Higgins will officially inaugurate Galway 2020 at the spectacular Opening Ceremony, marking the start of Galway’s extraordinary year as European Capital of Culture.

This free open-air event is set to be one of the most spectacular Galway and Ireland have ever seen, and  concludes a county-wide series of fiery festivals, occurring each night across the first week of February. Beginning with a turf cutting ceremony on Saint Brigid’s Day, the Fire Tour will bring together an animated cast from each town, as they give new life to local themes and traditions in a unique performance. Expect fire, performance, music and processions throughout.

Attendees can expect a fully immersive experience, everyone will be able to join in on the fun and enjoy a truly once in a lifetime experience.


4pm – Gates Open in South Park

5pm – Live music with performances by Róisín Elsafty, Amazing Apples and No Crows.

6pm – Ceremony Starts – appearances by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins,  Máirtín O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd and Zoe Conway. Rofi James will close the show.




As this event takes place outdoors please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Traffic restrictions will be in place and will be advertised locally.

There will be accessible parking provided close to the event site and an accessible viewing area at the event site. To book your accessible parking and viewing place and discuss any access requirements with us please email or phone Nollaig on 091 412459.


For more information, view our Opening Ceremony FAQs



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