Culture is on the calendar for September


Galway 2020’s cultural programme recommences with exciting month of events.

Culture is very much back on the calendar this September as Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture’s reimagined programme gets underway.  From theatre to exhibitions and installations as well as an extensive programme for Culture night 2020, Galway 2020 presents an exciting programme with opportunities to enjoy in person and online throughout September.

Whether you are making a break for it in the West or looking to indulge in culture from the comfort of your home, there’s plenty to whet the appetite of seasoned culture vultures or someone looking to experience something new.

Acutely aware of the public health guidelines, events will be presented at all times subject to compliance with the prevailing guidelines, including social distancing and limited attendance.

Some of the exciting events to pencil into your calendar for September include:

Gilgamesh by Macnas, 1 September – 30 November, Galway City and

Master storytellers Macnas will bring a dramatic new interpretation of the world’s oldest story to Galway – the legend of Gilgamesh.  The extraordinary adventures of Gilgamesh will unfold across city, county and online and will see Macnas elevate its signature style and challenge the boundaries and possibilities of traditional theatre and storytelling, outdoors and indoors and at Full details available here.

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard, Galway International Arts Festival Autumn Edition, 3 – 26 September, Claddagh Quay, Galway City

Commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard is a 7-metre cubed mirrored structure, fronted by a high-resolution LED wall featuring simulated virtual worlds. Using cutting edge digital technology, it will be one of the largest outdoor installations ever to be seen in Ireland. Full details available here.

To the Island written by Patricia Forde, 10 September 

Launch of To the Island, an enchanting story written by Galway’s Trish Forde, beautifully illustrated by Nicola Bernardelli and Published by Little Island. A story about a little girl who visits the strange and mythical island of Hy Brasil, off the west coast of Ireland, but then follows her heart home to Galway.

Aerial/Sparks created by Louise Manifold, Online & various locations on Inis Óirr

The rugged beauty of Inis Óirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands is the setting for Aerial/Sparks which invites you to connect in person and online with one of the last unknown spaces on earth, the ocean wilderness.  Seven artists, writers and composer from across Europe have produced a series of compelling standalone artworks for exhibition and radio broadcast, inspired by their experiences of joining research expeditions on board the Marine Institute Ireland’s RV Celtic Explorer.

Virtual Programme: A dedicated virtual programme of events for Ars Electronica 2020, the world-renowned festival for art, technology and society will accompany the main programme through a series of online conversations titled Garden GALWAY by Aerial/Sparks between artists and Marine Scientists online from 9 – 11 September.  Full details available here.

Exhibition: Visitors to Inis Óirr between 11 – 27 September can explore the island by foot to discover sound works housed in a lighthouse, an old handball alley, a church and Áras Éanna, Europe’s most westerly Arts Centre.  Full details available here.

Monument, Galway City Museum

Visit the Galway City Museum to view the major new exhibition MONUMENT.  With a primary focus on the stone forts of Aran, and on Dún Aonghasa in particular, this innovative exhibition investigates some of Europe’s most impressive stone monuments located on some of Europe’s smallest islands.  MONUMENT is a multidisciplinary exhibition representing archaeology, architecture, craft and design, cultural landscapes, tangible and intangible heritage, construction, sustainability and the social history associated with the monuments on the islands.  The exhibition will feature never-before-seen material from the 1990s archaeological excavations at Dún Aonghasa as well as specially commissioned craft pieces by some of Ireland’s most respected makers.  Full details available here.

DruidGregory , 15 September – 17 October, various locations

Druid returns to live theatre in the magic fields, woods and gardens of Coole Park in a tribute to, and an animation of, the life and works of Galway’s Augusta Lady Gregory.  DruidGregory will include six of Lady Gregory’s one-act plays, performed by a company of 12 actors and musicians, and directed by Garry Hynes.  This will be followed by a barnstorming 14 venue, four-week tour of Gregory’s beloved county Galway, from Portumna to Glenamaddy, Ballinasloe to Clifden, and many more communities in between. As part of the Education and Community strand, DruidGregory will also include one-off, outdoor performances of Galway writer Tom Murphy’s first play, On the Outside (written with Noel O’Donoghue).  Full details available here.

Culture Night 2020

Galway 2020 will celebrate Culture Night 2020 in partnership with Galway City Council with a dedicated programme of events across the county on September 18th, including:

Hope It Rains | Soineann nó Doineann Drowned Galway – 18 September, Galway Atlantiquaria Salthill, Church Lane and New Dock St, Galway City

City walls become backdrops for photo montages by artists Joe Lee.  Set against familiar Galway views, they feature designs by Irish and Palestinian artists, Sohail Salem, Emily Ní Bhroin, Deirdre Kennedy, Jeni Roddy and Arran Murphy.  Ramble through Galway to discover the exciting artwork.

Reimagine Loughrea, The Walks (Small Towns Big Ideas project) – 18 September, The Walks, Loughrea

Opening on Culture Night and running for two weeks, ‘The Walks’, in the historic heart of Loughrea will be the location of a unique site-specific installation, Through Thinning Landscapes.  Through experience, the installation wishes to draw attention to the loss of the richness of life in the Irish landscape and to inspire people to take action to resolve urgent biospherical issues.  On Culture night, in dialogue with BothAnd Group and ecologist Dr Janice Fuller, hosted by Frank Monahan the conversation will explore issues of landscape design, biodiversity loss, individual responsibility and architecture’s role as agency. For more information visit here.

Am I Nature (A Small Towns Big Ideas project) – 18 September, Merlin Woods Community Garden, Doughishka, Galway

Am I Nature is the first in a series of three magical woodland events.  Covid-19 has challenged us all to reassess our lifestyles, values and relationship with nature.  Am I Nature is a mockumentary told through the eyes of Merlin Woods wildlife and poses important questions for us all – how was the recent lockdown been positive for nature, wildlife and people? And with the gradual return to ‘normality’ will the positive impacts on nature have a lasting effect? Full details available here.

Irish Language

Language is one of the three themes of the Galway 2020 programme – language, landscape and migration.  The Irish language is embedded throughout the programme and in September there are some special events celebrating the Irish language.

Turas Chonamara, Faoi Rún 8 September, Online & In-person 

Faoi Rún is a series of site-specific artworks set on the Ros Muc peninsula tracing the interplay between landscape, climate and culture. Inis Mór artist Seán Ó Flaithearta’s Drowned Sky portraits pay homage to Ros Muc personages. Composed of bog and weather, it echoes the patterns of seasonal turloughs, referencing the ingenuity of traditional ways of working within and with the natural landscape. Full details available here

Turas Ghaeltacht Chonamara 8 September, Online 

Turas Chonamara is a digital and audio map documenting the rich Irish language music, oral and literary culture of the Conamara Gaeltacht, and its unique sense of place.

Created through a large-scale community mapping project, with contributors from Carna to Cois Fharraige. You are invited to download the map –  listen to local voices sharing hidden treasures, and discover places through the stories, songs and music. The map is in Irish, the language of the Gaeltacht community, with French and English translations.  Full details available here

Óró..  21 – 26 September, Unit 2, Carraroe Industrial Estate

A live theatrical experience, fusing contemporary dance, theatre, music, poetry and visual art to tell a story about language, identity and survival.  Óró.. will interrogate how we must re-imagine our society post Covid-19 to ensure our continued existence on this planet, not just physically and economically, but also culturally. Full details available here


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