Take Part in one of Ireland’s Most Ambitious Cultural Events


Can you hum along to a tune, clap your hands, bang a drum?

Do your feet tap to the beat of their own accord?

Galway 2020 invites you to indulge in that untapped (or over spilling) rhythm this February, as part of the opening ceremony for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

There are roles to suit an array of abilities – drumming and chanting in particular – and while experience is welcome, it’s most definitely not required. We’re casting for general, as well as specific, roles.

Participants will fine tune their talents with the best in the industry, in rehearsals led by world-class directors and producers. The fun begins on 2 February, as a succession of celebrations bring new life to ancient traditions marking the budding season of Imbolc. We’re looking for families, friends, teammates and community groups to take part in events in Clifden, Spiddal, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Portumna and Athenry. The community cast will then make a bang in Galway City on 8 February in an astonishing, open-air finale. If you’re over the age of 18 and would like to play a part, register today at

If you’re not sure what you can bring to the table but want to get involved, come along to our kick-off event on 30 November from 1pm to 4pm at Leisureland, Salthill, to find out more about what you can do.

“Showcase your creative talent in one of the most ambitious and far-reaching cultural events ever to take place on the island of Ireland.”

Timetables and venues for both town-specific and finale practices will be announced shortly. Practice rehearsals will run on either Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday from 6 to 22 December 2019. Following a Christmas and New Year break, the rehearsal will resume on weekends from Friday 3 January to Sunday 2 February. A commitment of between six and 30 hours of rehearsal time, depending on your individual role in the ceremony, is required.

With up to 2,020 members of the community expected to take part, the open call offers an exciting opportunity to meet new people, do something out of the ordinary within your community, have fun and showcase your creative talent in one of the most ambitious and far-reaching cultural events ever to take place on the island of Ireland.

The opening ceremony is produced by award-winning production company, Wonder Works. Having worked on Olympic ceremonies in Athens, London and PyeongChang amongst other global events, the team will provide all the resources cast members need to deliver their very best performance. As Director Piers Sheppard puts it, if you can “bang a pot and pan together, you’re ready for this show.”

Will you be part of it?

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