Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony

Produced by Wonder Works with Galway City and County Community Cast
DATE 1-8 February
LOCATION Galway City and County

Beginning in the farthest reaches of Galway on St Brigid’s Day, fiery celebrations will erupt in towns and villages across the county in keeping with the ancient traditions of the Irish Celtic calendar.

Following a ceremonial turf cutting on 1 February to mark St Brigid’s Day, the ceremony will travel across the county from 2 to 7 February encompassing An Spidéal, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Clifden, Portumna and Athenry, before a final installment at South Park in Galway City on 8 February.

Taking place in the open air and marking the passing of winter darkness, this will be an Opening Ceremony with a difference. Expect a cacophony of sound and vision as all of Galway comes together in this very special moment to celebrate the blossoming of an extraordinary new year. Everyone is invited to take part in making this an Opening Ceremony to remember. Produced by the world-class masters of global ceremonies, Wonder Works, and paying tribute to our stories past and present, Galway’s Opening Ceremony as European Capital of Culture 2020 will be a unique celebration of this place, its traditions and its future, as we become for 12 months Ireland’s centre at the heart of Europe.


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Fire Tour
Clifden - 2 February
An Spidéal - 3 February
Tuam - 4 February
Ballinasloe - 5 February
Portumna - 6 February
Athenry - 7 February

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