Additional €2m funding commitment from Galway County Council


Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture today welcomed the decision of Galway County Council to commit an additional €2m in funding to Galway 2020.

As part of Galway 2020’s extensive fundraising campaign, a request was made to Galway County Council for additional funding, which we are delighted to confirm has today been approved.

This funding will contribute significantly to the development of an ambitious series of large-scale county-based projects being developed by Creative Director Helen Marriage, in addition to the existing cultural programme already being delivered.

This additional strand of programming will focus on Galway county’s extraordinary landscape, transforming the familiar in ways that will surprise and delight the widest possible audiences.

Galway 2020 will be a year of thrilling creativity and disruption across Galway county and city, drawing on the traditions of old Ireland whilst embracing our newest communities and the development of new additional large-scale projects is part of this ambition.

Approximately 50% of the existing programme of events for Galway 2020 will take place across the county and this additional support from Galway County Council will facilitate the development of a more extensive programme across the County including additional large-scale events.

Patricia Philbin, CEO Galway 2020 welcomed today’s announcement “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Galway County Council for their support.  Galway will be the cultural capital of Europe next year and it is our ambition to show Ireland, Europe and the World exactly what Galway has to offer.  We anticipate that this is just the first of many financial contributions to enable us to deliver this showcase. This ongoing support from Galway County Council is an expression of confidence that we hope will encourage others to come forward and ensure a lasting legacy that will benefit Galway for many years to come”.


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