Delivering our European Capital of Culture Together


Galway 2020 this evening hosted a special engagement event at the historic Printworks building on Galway’s Market Street.

The exhibition style event presented some of the exciting project developments and a taste of what’s to come as Galway gears up for its designation as European Capital of Culture in 2020.

Guests, including members of the business, cultural, regional and political communities had the opportunity to get an in-depth insight into preparations across all of the significant strands of the Galway 2020 project, as well as the roadmap for the rest of the project’s development and delivery.

Many of Galway 2020’s cultural partners played an important role in the event, sharing the creative process from imagining to delivering their projects for Galway 2020.  They were joined by other special guests including Deputy Mayor of Galway, Cllr Donal Lyons, Minister of State Sean Kyne TD and President of Galway Chamber of Commerce, David Hickey.

With just over a year to go, many exciting opportunities are emerging for everyone, from artists and performers, businesses, people and communities, from the cultural programme of events and volunteering to business partnerships and beyond.


Speaking at the event, CEO of Galway 2020, Patricia Philbin said:



“With just over a year to go until we host the European Capital of Culture in 2020, we want to share with you a glimpse of just some of the envisioning, imagining and creating that is underway to create a world class European Capital of Culture that we can all be proud of.  I feel privileged to have been involved during the bid phase of Galway 2020 and felt the goodwill, pride, commitment and determination from everyone in Galway.  Now is the time for us all, together, to deliver the Galway 2020 that we all dream of, believe in and will be proud of for years to come.”

Developing and building strong partnerships is vital to the successful delivery of Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture. This engagement event is an important part of the journey, engaging with all stakeholders to ensure that Galway and Ireland are aware of and excited about what’s to come and more importantly, benefit from Galway’s transformation to European Capital of Culture in 2020.

The new bolder and more vibrant Galway 2020 branding was unveiled at the event this evening, to mark the move to into the exciting delivery phase of the project.  The evolved branding sees the introduction of a vibrant new colour palette which has been inspired by the landscape of Galway.

The exhibition will be open to members of the public from 10am – 5pm on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November. A live musical performance from Live Feed will take place from 1:00pm – 2:00pm on Saturday.  An Irish Sign Language tour of the exhibition will take place from 2.30 to 3.30pm on Saturday 17th. Members of the Galway 2020 team will be on hand on both days to share some of the ambitious plans for the project and answer any questions.

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