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Take Two for Small Towns Big Ideas

04.04.2019

It’s been a year since the first round of Small Towns Big Ideas kicked off around the city and county.

Since then, Galway 2020’s innovative community projects took it upon themselves, with the help of Galway 2020, to develop a host of imaginative projects for their communities. They came together to celebrate what is special about their community – the spirit, the creativity, the connection… and the results were exceptional.

Of the 52 diverse projects funded in round one,  2018 saw 20 of these taking place in the shape of a wide range of events and workshops. There were fun festivals, educational workshops and craft making projects, music events, film and photography projects, a language festival and a quilting project. The remaining projects will take place throughout 2019.

This week, Galway 2020 announced round two of its Small Towns Big Ideas programme – yet another great opportunity for communities to develop a project for the cultural programme for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

“Small Towns Big Ideas offers opportunities for groups across the county to get involved through their arts projects and be part of an amazing artistic and cultural programme that will draw on distinctly Irish roots, revealing and looking beyond Galway and Ireland towards Europe.”

€200,000 has been allocated to the programme and will support the successful community groups to create and deliver thrilling projects that could transform their communities in 2020.  Galway 2020 will be searching for groups that demonstrate collaboration, ambition, creativity, community involvement, European dimension and respond to the core themes of Galway 2020.  Projects can respond to one, two or all of the core themes of Landscape, Language and Migration.

Galway 2020 Creative Director Helen Marriage says the open call announcement is an exciting moment for Galway 2020 as Galway gears up for the start of “a truly memorable year for Galway”. “Small Towns Big Ideas offers opportunities for groups across the county to get involved through their arts projects and be part of an amazing artistic and cultural programme that will draw on distinctly Irish roots, revealing and looking beyond Galway and Ireland towards Europe.”

Interested groups can apply for funding through the Galway 2020 website on  before the closing date of 5pm on 10 May.

 

If you’d like to find out more about the Open Call, information sessions will be taking place in the following venues:

  • Clifden Station House Theatre, Tuesday 9 April, 7pm
  • Galway 2020 Offices, 16 Merchant’s Road, Wednesday 10 April, 7pm
  • Builín Blasta Café, Spiddal (this meeting will be as Gaeilge), Thursday 11 April, 7pm
  • Ballinasloe Library, Tuesday 16 April, 7pm

Small Towns Big Ideas Round 2


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