This is Just the Beginning...

With just a year to go until Galway hosts the European Capital of Culture in 2020, we’re entering the production phase of the project.


Everyone involved is working really hard to ensure we have a capital of culture that we will all be proud of.

Ideas have been formulated, plans have been made, some projects are well underway, and others are starting to take shape. But while there’s lots of sweat and tears, there’s also lots of laughs and fun. This is about people, it’s about community, it’s about coming together, it’s about imagining and dreaming. It’s about seeing the possibilities and importance of culture in our lives and our communities.


With so many projects in our programme, there’s lots and lots of coordination and rolling out of plans to be done. We’re currently pulling together the vast programme of events, which will culminate in a large-scale opening ceremony in early 2020. Throughout the rest of 2020, we will see fun and inspiring events taking place throughout Galway villages and towns, and its city. From art and theatre, to sport and food and from dance and digital to film and circus- Galway 2020 will celebrate every aspect of Irish and European culture.


Galway is loved for its beautiful landscape, its vibrant city, the charm and wit of its people. This is an opportunity for us to shine, a chance for everyone to experience and participate in culture, for people to take that step outside of their comfort zone and see life through a different lens. It’s a chance to open up the links between the city and county, to celebrate our cultures, and live life a little more vibrantly. It’s a chance to have loads of fun, to make new friendships and rekindle old ones, and to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Galway 2020 is also an opportunity for people to feel included, to get involved, and to truly feel a part of this brilliant community we live in.  Small Towns Big Ideas, one of Galway 2020’s flagship programmes is a wonderful example of what can be created with people come together to create. From new festivals, to theatre productions and pop-up cafes, communities throughout the county and city have been coming together to create, to bond, and to make where they live a better place.


Leaving a lasting legacy, one that will change the social and cultural landscape of Galway, is key to Galway 2020. We want to leave a legacy that will see a more vibrant Galway, a more inclusive Galway, and a more fun Galway. We want to see a Galway where young artists flourish, where communities come together to celebrate culture, to celebrate life. We want to see a Galway where creativity is rewarded, where culture is at the heart of everything we do, where life is made more enjoyable for everyone who lives and visits here.


Throughout Galway 2020, children and young people will be at the heart of everything we do. This means that every child and young person will have the opportunity to experience and participate in culture throughout the year through a series of exciting events, workshops and performances that will capture the imagination.


Galway 2020 is all about celebrating the most valuable aspects of our rich culture, while also disrupting the status quo – artistically, culturally and socially – and making way for the new.

This year will be one of the most exciting times in Galway’s history…it has the potential to change our lives for the better forever. Hop on board and enjoy the ride!