Galway 2020 Showcase for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture was delighted to host The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge while in Galway as part of their official visit to Ireland.

Galway 2020 invited Their Royal Highnesses to a special showcase of some of the organisations and projects which form part of the year-long cultural programme.

Manchán Magan, Curator of Sea Tamagotchi, a linguistic art project that celebrates endangered maritime words and placenames in the coastal regions of Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and Scotland, spoke to Their Royal Highnesses about his work, the concept of the project and the relationship between Ireland and Scotland. He discussed some of the stories that have been found during the project to date. Their Royal Highnesses then selected an Irish word from the project which they were invited to adopt and take guardianship of.

Their Royal Highnesses were then treated to a performance by NØÖV, an emerging Livefeed group with a moody yet playful sound, perceptive beyond their years. The group, which comprises Stevie Healy (Drums), Joe Kelly (Electric Guitar & Vocals), Molly Terrins (Vocals), Conall O’Floinn (Electric Guitar) and Daniel Ryan (Bass) performed an original song titled ‘Light Sleeper’

Their Royal Highnesses had a discussion with participants from the Hoops project, a small group of young basketball players as well as a representative from Basketball Ireland.

Creative Director of Galway Community Circus, Ulla Hokkanen and Producer, Rebecca Clayton, spoke to Their Royal Highnesses about the amazing work of Galway Community Circus, working to support and empower over 600 young people from diverse backgrounds every week, through circus, to gain valuable artistic, social and personal skills. Including their project for Galway 2020: Wires Crossed a Balancing Act for Europe, which will see 400 participants engage in a highwire crossing of the river Corrib in the largest durational circus spectacle ever seen in Ireland. A group of 3 young circus participants and circus artists and a performer/technical co-ordinator demonstrated skills including hand balancing, juggling and performing on a balance beam.

The showcase concluded with a group of 14 members of the Galway 2020 Community Cast led by drum chief Rickie O’Neill, and drum captain Lucy Jackson presenting a short drumming performance, an extract from the rhythms created for the Galway 2020 opening ceremony.

Galway 2020 CEO Patricia Philbin then gifted Their Royal Highnesses with an early copy of the Galway 2020 commissioned children’s book ‘To the Island‘, written by Galway’s own Patricia Forde and illustrated by Nicola Bernadelli.



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