Galway Brass Band prepares to March into European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony


Local Galway group, St Patrick’s Brass Band have been invited, through their participation in the programme for Galway 2020, to take part in the opening ceremony of 2019 European Capital of Culture in Matera, which takes place on 18 – 19 January.

Pictured are members of St Patrick’s Brass Band during final rehearsals in Galway before making the journey to Matera to March alongside bands from all across Europe as the curtain goes up in the prestigious opening ceremony.


The opening weekend of Matera 2019 will include a full day of celebrations throughout the city to kick-off the year as European Capital of Culture. The entire region of Basilicata comes to Matera and Matera welcomes Europe: 2019 musicians from capitals of culture all over the continent, including Galway 2020, and regional towns and villages will unite and perform in the streets of Matera. From the Cava del Sole, to the residential neighbourhoods and up to the Sassi, the city will be filled with music, lights and colours!


St Patrick’s Brass Band will be joined by a delegation from Galway 2020 who will join the opening ceremony in Matera, as the countdown to Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture begins.