Galway 2020 Open House…Come on In

Culture – it’s about who we are, who we dream of being, how we see the world.


This is just the beginning in our Galway 2020 Open House series – an opportunity to connect, talk, get creative …and drink lots of tea. We hope to see you there!

This Friday, culture in all its wonderful forms will be celebrated throughout the county and city in various venues and public spaces. Basically, no matter where you are on Friday night, you’ll find an abundance of free entertainment in this countrywide celebration of the arts, heritage and culture.

We at 2020 will be opening the doors to our work space for our Culture Night Galway 2020 Open House. There’ll be lots of tea, lots of opportunity to chat, while sampling some of the great culture on offer in Galway City and County.

Running from 6pm to 10.30pm, there will be a series of talks and entertainment, including live trad and African music, dance, and Virtual and Augmented Reality demonstrations. There will be screenings by Little Cinema, talks on Gaeilge and discussions around the UNESCO recognition of Irish uileann pipes as an important and unique cultural heritage symbol. There will be talks on community projects and their effect on the community by those heading up some of our Small Towns Big Ideas projects.


The main theme of our Culture Night event is ‘We Need to Talk About…’. ‘We Need to Talk About…’ is a pilot project that asks people from all corners of Galway to tell us what it is they would like to talk about. The ideas and suggestions will help inform this project.

From the wider issues of climate change, the refugee crisis, rising inequality and growing isolationism in the West, to issues such as homelessness, traffic congestion mental health – we want to talk about it all. No issue is too big, or too small – if it’s on your mind, it’s worth discussing.

Would you like to talk about Galway 2020? What about rural decline, a lack of community spirit? What about being kind to each other, spending more time with each other and living in the moment? Would you like to talk about the challenges and opportunities of social media? Or maybe putting a focus back on what’s important in life, on finding the best in people? What about our kids, their future, and the future of the world? You get the gist.


So, we’re asking everyone around Galway to have a think about what it is they want to talk about. You can write your idea down on the postcards we will be providing on the night and post it in one of our ‘We Need to Talk About…’ postboxes which will be located at our base on Merchant’s Road. The postcards will also be available at various locations throughout the county on the night (keep an eye on our social media channels for updates).

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