Welcoming our European Friends


This week, Galway 2020 hosted 40 delegates from all over Europe, who have hosted, or will host, a European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in the coming years.

The visitors were in Galway this week for Galway 2020’s hosting of the European Capital of Culture Network meeting. The following ECoCs were represented at the meeting; Rijeka, who will also host a European Capital of Culture in 2020 along with Galway; Kaunas 2022, Eleusis 2021, ESCH 2022, Mons 2015, Matera 2019, Veszprém 2023, Valletta 2018, San Sebastian 2016, Timisoara 2021, Wroclaw 2016, Aarhus 2017, Liverpool 2008, Marseille/Provence 2013, Novi Sad 2021, Leeuwarden 2018, Turku 2011, Pécs 2010, Plzeň 2015, Maribor 2012.

The trip included several talks hosted by Galway 2020, where delegates learned about our preparations for our year as European Capital of Culture. The visit offered lots of opportunity to learn from our European counterparts and to create new contacts internationally.

Throughout the two-day trip, delegates had the opportunity to visit Connemara, to take in the wonderful landscape, sights and experience some traditional Irish music and dance. They also had the opportunity to visit a Small Towns Big Ideas project, Headford Lace, to get a taste of the community projects that are being undertaken county-wide.

Speaking of the visit, Matti Allam, Galway 2020 International Relations Manager, said Galway 2020 was delighted to welcome its friends from other ECoCs. “During the visit, we shared our experiences, our challenges and learned about just how much an ECoC can benefit a region and its people.  We also had the opportunity to showcase the beautiful landscape and people of Galway to the group, many of who were visiting for the first time.”

Galway 2020 CEO Patricia Philbin said it was a pleasure to host the ECoC network in Galway, and to give them a flavour of what our incredible county and city have to offer.  “We take great pride in having the opportunity to showcase the very best of Irish culture next year.  The shared learnings of our ECoC family will help us to ensure we deliver a cultural programme that will leave a lasting legacy for the city and county.  We look forward to welcoming our ECoC family again next year.”

Related Events