New Additions to the Galway 2020 Programme

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture wishes you a very merry (and restful) Christmas. As we recharge for an astonishing new year, we are excited to share with you several new additions to the wide-reaching programme which kicks off in the first week of February.

Whether she’s creating Grammy-nominated albums, exhibiting and performing in some of the world’s most renowned galleries, or making a philosophical documentary on the life of her dog – genre-bending artist Laurie Anderson is always interesting. In March and April 2020, audiences will venture through a 30-minute immersive experience created by Anderson, in collaboration with new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang. To the Moon invites you to walk on the surface of the moon, glide through space debris and lose yourself in transient worlds that reflect the cycles of nature and history.


Speaking of women who aren’t afraid to rock the boat, the recently expanded Wild Atlantic Women programme will amplify the voices of women who have carved their own paths in culture as we unpack what it means to be a woman today and strive towards a more equal society. A conversation between journalist Susan McKay and author Margaret Atwood will spearhead the programme which marks International Women’s Day on 8 March.


Imagining Ireland (previously presented at The National Concert Hall and The Barbican, London) will come to Galway for the first time in 2020. Imagining Ireland: Speaking Up, Singing Louder  will celebrate the recent groundswell of women’s voices in Irish literature, music and poetry, bringing together a stellar cast of women with a lot to say. Art-pop auteur, SOAK, creates emotionally probing songs of startling candor. Lisa O’Neill’s raw and unvarnished folk has won widespread praise. Radie Peat is a remarkable voice of new folk. Sorcha Richardson’s debut ‘First Prize Bravery’ marks the arrival of a major new artist. Sara Baume (A Line Made by Walking), Sinéad Gleeson (Constellations) and Elaine Feeney (As You Were). Word and music meet in the work of Denise Chaila, a Zambian-Irish rapper, singer and poet.


Courageous sea swimmers will also have their moment in 2020 during a Wild Atlantic Dip, organised with the Kinvara Pier to Pier Group in the company of sea swimmer Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of I Found My Tribe. The programme also includes Home Truths, a powerful exhibition at Engage Art Studios, where artist Evelyn Glynn will present work inspired by testimonies of women’s court experiences having reported incidents of domestic abuse.


In stunning North Connemara, Galway 2020 Artist-in-Residence Tobias Hutzler has a special, site-specific installation in store for us. As daylight fades in Imbolc, marking the end of winter and the impending light half of the year, Light Field becomes more and more visible, revealing a vast nocturnal installation using tens of thousands of lights arranged according to the historic ‘Lazy Bed‘ cultivation pattern.





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