27 New Small Towns Big Ideas Projects for Galway 2020


Twenty-seven new projects have been selected for Round 2 of the hugely successful Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas programme, following an open call in April.

The Small Towns Big Ideas projects, which forms an integral part of Galway 2020’s cultural programme, includes all aspects of culture, music, theatre and spectacle and showcases community involvement at its best.

Small Towns Big Ideas kicked off initially in 2016 during the bid phase, with three impactful pilot projects headed by groups in Athenry, Ballygar and Headford. Round One of Small Towns Big Ideas saw 51 projects funded in 2018, and this second round will bring the total to almost 80 community creative projects being delivered throughout the city and county over the course of two years to the end of 2020.

The selected projects will take place all throughout Galway City and County including  Portumna, Oughterard, Athenry, Headford, Loughrea, Connemara, Kilcolgan, Ballinasloe, Tuam, Ballinfoyle and Claregalway.

Since July 2018, over 30 Small Towns Big Ideas events have been attended by thousands of people, with the vast majority of these having been free, family-friendly events. People of all ages have enjoyed concerts, exhibitions, street performances, workshops, walks and talks in the areas of theatre, film, visual arts, dance, music, storytelling and craft.

Responding to one or more of the programme themes of Language, Landscape and Migration, each project celebrates Galway’s people, environment and culture from its own unique perspective.

Galway 2020 developed the programme with the intention of bringing local groups together under one umbrella, spurring cultural movements which would far outlast the 2020 European Capital of Culture title.

The programme is based on the ancient Irish tradition of Meitheal, the coming together for a common purpose, achieving ambitious goals that might otherwise be deemed impossible. Social factors such as integration, inclusion, cross-cultural education, urban planning, climate change, cultural heritage and artistic innovation have been central to the programme.

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