Celebrate art and culture this Christmas


Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture presents programme of events throughout December

Like everything else this year, Christmas 2020 will undoubtedly be different, however, with the help of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture it can still be a very meaningful one.

From exhibitions, music, film and literature, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture has a programme of intimate and online events this December.  So, whether you are looking for a reason to get out and about, or trying to get together while staying apart, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Acutely aware of the ongoing public health guidelines, the programme of events for the month of December is fully compliant, comprising of both intimate in-person events and online experiences.


Some of the Galway 2020 events taking place in December include:

  • Hope it Rains – exploring the artistic possibilities of renewable energy generation. More information
    • Drowned Galway – Guided tours of the outdoor photo montages by artist Joe Lee will recommence in line with government restrictions
    • Weather Modulator – Experience public artworks once again, visit the renewable energy-powered kinetic sculpture by Paddy Bloomer on the Gaol River in Galway city. The WEATHER MODULATOR sculpture is a weather modification station built by two crannógs perched above the waterline


  • Macnas: Gilgamesh – follow the reimagining of the epic tale as part of MACNAS digital storybook, the Gilgamesh experience at


  • Túlca:
    • Nothing to Look Forward to But the Past – Curated by Gregory McCartney this online exhibition and free print publication considers the journey of humanity as a species and explores an imagined evolutionary path that mixes the animal and human to produce something potentially unknown and new. Follow the programme at and at


    • THREADS – This year TULCA is marking its 18th year, inviting three alumni curators Sarah Searson Gregory McCartney and Helen Carey to examine our challenging and irreplaceable world, working with Irish and European artists. To celebrate this special occaction, Galway based artist Austin Ivers will present a new body of work consisting of ‘The World at War’, a new multi-screen video work, photography and installed objects along with a programme of screenings and readings.  More information



  • The Stinging Fly – Pick up a copy of the special Galway 2020 issue of this publication which that explores, among other things, Galway’s identity as an Irish and European city. With a line-up of contributors that includes Galway natives tackling notions of home, and writers from further afield inspired by Galway.  The issue reflects on the mundane and the mystical, the self and society.


  • Monument – Following a temporary closure during level 5 restrictions, Galway City Museum is open once again and invites you to come and experience MONUMENT, a multidisciplinary exhibition which is a showcase of excellent contemporary craft and visual art reflecting the sensibilities of the unique place and people of the islands. More information


  • LiveFeed Christmas Special – on 23 December Galway 2020’s youth music project, Livefeed will broadcast a very special Christmas live music event from Nun’s Island Theatre featuring young musicians and songwriters from across Galway. More information


  • Cultural Horizons – this event celebrates the unique cultural connections between Ireland and Mexico. From 14 – 20 December Cultural Horizons will present a series of self-guided exhibitions in shop windows dotted throughout Clifden’s colourful streets.  It will include a series of radio shows exploring the core themes of the festival and the programme will culminate with a very special candlelit vigil in Clifden graveyard on 20 December to mark the Winter Solstice.  More information



  • The Heart of Winter – Join a special classical musical performance by the Corrib String Quartet, which will be live streamed from Merlin Woods. The event will celebrate the woods, remembering all that have passed in the preceding year and look forward to the year ahead with hope and renewal in mind.  More information


  • Circuit 2020David Stalling and Professor Sergei Lebedev (DIAS) in conversation on the three year collaboration that led to the creation of his epic work ” Palace of Ships” realised in collaboration with Prof Sergei Lebedev and Dr Maria Tsekhmistrenko of the Geophysics Section at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
    This pre recorded talk was presented as part of our Garden Galway program for Ars Electronica 2020. Online until the 31st October – Join the week-long transdisciplinary art festival from 16 – 25 December, which invites you to rediscover Galway City – its history, identity and place within Europe – in new and unexpected ways.  Visitors can look forward to exciting from artists Epoch, Kevin Gaffney, Luke Reigy, Austin Ivers, Peter Bradley and more.  Workshops in drawing, life drawing and zine-making will run throughout the week.  More information

The reimagined Galway 2020 programme is running until March 2021.  Check out full event details on


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