23 April

EYE on the Edge Launch Event

Meet the team of young people behind the EYE on the Edge project. They’ll be guiding you through our 3-day programme packed with discussion, learning and showcasing an amazing array of artistic talent across the weekend. 

We’ll also be kicking off proceedings with two very special performances from our Black Gate Presents series; a programme of specially recorded music performances for EYE on the Edge. First up it’s Maija Sofia and The X Collective.

Hemicyle Hangout

Join this session to get familiar with the functioning of the Parliament, experience the intricate interpretation system into 24 languages and find out how EU-citizens can have a say in EU decision-making.

Word up Presents Sasha Terfous & Rebecca Locke

Sasha is one of Ireland’s rising stars in the spoken word community whilst Rebecca is an alt pop singer, most known for her indie lo-fi sounds and devastatingly honest lyrics.

Multilingualism in the EU

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a translator or interpreter working in one of the most multilingual places on the planet? This session gives a rare insight into the world of the interpreters and translators working in the European Parliament. 

Galway Youth Theatre: WALLS

WALLS is a collection of short plays about young people in unprecedented times. Within this new, decelerated world full of limitations, these characters begin to take a much closer look at themselves and those closest to them.

Frosted Presents: Monjola, Aby Coulibaly & Moyo

Frosted is a cutting edge music and culture platform for contemporary Ireland.

Our programme is a celebration of the burgeoning creative scene in Dublin and will showcase talent from one of the most exciting independent labels emerging – Chamomile Records.

Enjoy these live performances and interviews from three exciting talents Monjola, Aby Coulibaly and Moyo.


Livefeed is one of Ireland’s most exciting live music projects for young people. The project has been running since 2019 as part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme and in that time has gathered a new tribe of brilliant young musicians and producers. 

Hosted by the inimitable Tracy Bruen, Livefeed Online presents a flavour of Galway’s vibrant youth music scene with a number of special performances live and direct from Cian Feeny, Kinga Neumann, Daniel O’Malley and Molly Terrins.

The Black gate Presents: The X Collective & Curly Organ

Closing out our Friday night programme are The X Collective featuring the amazing voices of Senita, Chloë Agnew & Zapho while The Curly Organ treat us to their quirky brilliance.


24 April

Our Words, One Voice – Different

‘Different’ speaks about discrimination and racism. Through creative workshops the members of One Words, Our Voice courageously shared their own experiences of this issue. This collective piece expresses these experiences and shares a message with the wider community calling for solidarity. 


Youth Work in a Pandemic

This panel discussion focuses on the role that youth work and youth organisations have played during the pandemic. How has the pandemic impacted on young people and how has youth work continued to engage and support them? 

Youth Climate Action

The Youth Climate Action panel discussion brings together a number of key projects and organisations including ECO-UNESCO, SAUTI-Youth and Climate Ambassadors who are leading the way in educating young people and wider society about climate change. 

Word Up Presents: Natayla O’Flaherty and Bricknasty

Word Up Collective present a series of performances and interviews from some of the best new artists in Ireland alongside a number of their own established names.

Filmed exclusively for EYE On The Edge our second Word Up session features Natalya O’Flaherty and Bricknasty

The Southwest Showcase: Hazey Haze, Strange Boy, Krome & Citrus Fresh

This hip-hop showcase highlights the top talent emerging from the Southwest of Ireland.

It includes live performances from Hazey Haze, Citrus Fresh, Krome and Strange Boy whilst providing an insight into their backstory, personalities and what occurs behind the scenes.

Laughs on the Edge by Róisín Dubh Comedy

Laughs on the Edge, a special comedy live-stream as part of Eye on the Edge. We’ll be gathering comedians from near and far to celebrate #GALWAYEYE.

Comedians include: Zach Zimmerman, Emman Idama, Aideen McQueen, Sinéad Quinlan, Reggie Pollock. Hosted by Ian Burke.

The Black Gate Presents NewDad and Turnstiles

The second instalment from Black Gate Presents has a distinctly indie and punk vibe with Galway bands New Dad and Turnstiles taking centre stage to round off our Saturday night programme.


25 April

Activism in a Pandemic 

Is protest essential? Over the last year our lives have changed in many way but the role activism plays in forcing change continues. Black Lives Matter, women’s safety, the climate crisis and more continue to pull ordinary people to the streets. But is it safe and what role does activism have in a pandemic?

Art in a Pandemic

Arising out of the pandemic young people have embraced creative outlets and channels to process their changing environment and express their emotions and feelings.

Hosted by Sophia Hadef from Dubh Publishing this event is a showcase of young people’s appetite to be creative and embrace opportunities once made available to them to realise their artistic capabilities.

Word Up: Daire Patel & Txmmy Rose

Filmed exclusively for EYE On The Edge our final Word Up session features Daire Patel and Txmmy Rose.

Galway Sound Harvest

Atmos Collective showcases original hip-hop tracks, written, recorded and produced in a series of workshops with young people in Galway City and County.

Performed by talented young poets, rappers, singers and musicians, these tracks radiate with creativity and diversity, featuring many different languages and musical styles. They are catchy, honest, engaged… and 100% lit!

Underestimated Youth Voices

Youth voices across the globe have made changes for generations, but they are often underestimated. Meet Mikayla, Meibh and Cameron; three young people from the EYE on the Edge festival team in conversation with Benjamin Chesterton from Duckrabbit media about the power of storytelling as an instrument for change.

Black Gate presents Maija Sofia & Junior Brother

The final instalment from our Black Gate series features the wonderful Maija Sofia and Junior Brother. What better way to finish of your weekend than with the laid back vibes from these two unique talents.

Message from the EYE on the Edge Team

Find out what organising the first ever local European Youth Event meant to the EYE on the Edge team.