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Galway 2020 European Launch

09.10.2019

Galway 2020 and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) hosted the European launch of the Galway 2020 official programme at a special event held in Brussels on Tuesday 8 October.

The European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan was guest of honour at the launch which took place as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, an annual four-day event attracting 6,000 people showcasing cities and regions across Europe.

Galway 2020 is the largest and most complex cultural event ever undertaken on the island of Ireland comprising over 1,900 events across 154 projects, 170 partnerships and collaborations with local, national, European and international artists and cultural organisations from over 30 different countries.

The European Capital of Culture is an initiative of the European Commission, it began in 1985 and has developed into one of the most ambitious cultural projects in Europe. The aim of the project is to provide Europeans with opportunities to learn more about each other’s cultures and to place the regions at the heart of cultural life across Europe.

Speaking at the launch the Trade Commissioner said “Galway is already renowned as a beacon of culture: the county has projected its ideas and artistic talent right around the world for centuries. Galway is a county of music, a county of languages, a county of festivals where arts and culture are considered the most valuable currency of all. So, I am certain Galway 2020 will be a great success, and I am certain that every visitor to the City of Tribes will have a wonderful experience in the year ahead.”

Helena Nolan, the Irish Ambassador to Belgium also spoke at the launch. The evening featured a performance by Irish spoken word artist Ciara Ní É and DJ Caoi de Barra.

In advance of the launch and as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the NWRA and Galway 2020 hosted a panel discussion titled European Capitals of Culture – Regional Development and Culture. Representatives from former European Capitals of Culture – Aarhus 2017, Leeuwarden 2018 and Matera 2019 – joined Marilyn Gaughan Reddan, Head of Programme at Galway 2020 to discuss how a strong focus on culture can facilitate and achieve stronger cohesion among regions and cities.  Also participating in the discussion was Vice-President of the European Parliament and Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness.

 

“It is a great honour to be able to bring the official programme of Galway 2020 to Brussels. The European Capital of Culture designation is a year-long programme of cultural events which will reflect the richness and diversity of Galway’s culture and history while strengthening Galway and Ireland’s connection with Europe and the European family.

Speaking at the launch CEO of Galway 2020 Patricia Philbin said “It is a great honour to be able to bring the official programme of Galway 2020 to Brussels. The European Capital of Culture designation is a year-long programme of cultural events which will reflect the richness and diversity of Galway’s culture and history while strengthening Galway and Ireland’s connection with Europe and the European family. Today’s launch is about making these connections real and I would like to thank  Commissioner Mr Phil Hogan and the NWRA for their tremendous support in this regard. We look forward to welcoming people to Galway during 2020 and assure them of a Cead Mile Failte”