IETM Galway 2020

Galway 2020 Artist Performances at the Heart of International Performing Arts Gathering

2-3 December 2020



Nineteen years after the International network for contemporary performing arts (IETM) hosted a Plenary Meeting in Galway, the network returns during Galway’s 2020 European Capital of Culture term. This Satellite Galway 2020 Meeting tackles one of the most urgent topics of our time: Climate Action, with an artistic programme delivered by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture artists.

IETM Satellite Galway 2020 Meeting

IETM is a network of over 450 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide from theatre, dance, circus and performance, to interdisciplinary live art forms and new media. In response to the concerns of members, this meeting explores relationships between artists, the arts ecosystem and the planet. Through a digital programme of speeches, working groups, and conversations with artists, including world-renowned artistic directors Marc Mac Lochlainn and Garry Hynes, the role of mitigation, adaptation and artistic influence will be explored, and actions identified for the performing arts ecosystem to be sustainable. It takes place online in many homes, work and arts spaces in Galway, Europe and around the world on 2-3 December 2020.  IETM Registration here.

Artistic Programme
The Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture artistic programme is of Galway, with its powerful sense of place and the art it inspires. An online programme of engagements with
artists, virtual tours, screenings, and performances, it explores relationships between climate and place, people and planet. The Galway 2020 Artistic Programme celebrates rain, sea, land art, Irish language, theatrical and musical performances that are authentically of Galway.

Organised by IETM in collaboration with Theatre Forum, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and the National University of Ireland, Galway, up to 200 European and Irish artists are expected to attend this meeting. Both IETM members and non-members are welcome to participate in this online meeting but must register to attend.


Created and curated by Ríonach Ní Néill, produced by Ciotóg, commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
Ríonach Ní Néill, the project’s creator and curator, talks about the weather activated surprises that have animated Galway city and county effecting a cultural change with weather and climate.


Photomontages by Joe Lee, designs by Emily Ní Bhroin, Arran Murphy, Deirdre Kennedy, Ríonach Ní Néill, Jeni Roddy, Sohail Salem, performance by Róisín Tyrell, Una Valaine, Aoife Delaney-Reade, with community participation by Gliondar, Athenry Community Arts Group, Blackrock Babes, directed by Ríonach Ní Néill, produced by Ciotóg, commissioned for Hope it Rains | Soineann nó Doineann by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Galway City walls become backdrops for photo-montages by Joe Lee, visualising life in an inundated city, when yet another abnormal has become commonplace. Artists imagine how we might cope with this enormous and imminent change. How close does the future have to come before we care enough to act?


Saolta Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture presents Viriditas as part of The Deepest Shade of Green.

Viriditas is a song cycle composed and performed by acclaimed Irish artist and singer Ceara Conway, accompanied by Anna Mullarkey, in response to an extended process of engagement at Galway University Hospitals. Including newly composed contemporary songs and traditional European healing songs and rhythms from Georgia and Italy, Viriditas takes the listener on a journey through songs inspired by conversations with staff and patients, and recordings of hospital equipment, plants, and the tools of sound healers.


Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture presents Aerial/Sparks by Louise Manifold in partnership with the Marine Institute Ireland.

Aerial/Sparks created by Irish artist Louise Manifold for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, invites you to connect in person and online with one of the last unknown spaces on earth, the ocean wilderness. Artists, writers and composers from across Europe have produced a series of compelling standalone artworks for exhibition and radio broadcast, inspired by their experiences of joining research expeditions on board the Marine Institute Ireland’s RV Celtic Explorer.


Explore the artworks of David Stalling, PALACE OF SHIPS, Ailís Ní Ríain, EAST-WEST: WHERE MORNING IS THE SEA, and Kevin Barry, ISLAND TIME.



Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard was commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.
The Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with three sides and the roof clad in a highly

reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. This structure will host two new

artworks Corn Work and Leaf Work which unfold on the LED screen presented in two locations;

Corn Work at the historic Claddagh Quay in Galway City and Leaf Work at the spectacular 4,000-year-old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara. The works reflect and respond to the landscape of both locations.



Directed by Garry Hynes, DruidGregory is a Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Commission.

In September 2020, Druid adjusted its performance schedule and returned to live theatre in the magic fields, woods and gardens of Coole Park in a tribute to, and an animation of, the life and works of Galway’s Augusta Lady Gregory. DruidGregory includes five of Lady Gregory’s one-act plays with some of her poetry and other writings, as well as music, dance, and the work of her great friend, the poet WB Yeats.



Branar Téatar do Pháistí presents SRUTH NA TEANGA a Galway 2020 European Captial of Culture Commission.

Sruth na Teanga is an immersive theatre event that imaginatively realises the evolution and life of the Irish language. Branar have created a unique experience that brings audiences on the epic journey of our native language.




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