Galway - European Capital of Culture 2020

In 2020, Galway, the home of Galway International Arts Festival, will be the European Capital of Culture 2020.

Each year, for over 30 years, the European Union designates one or more cities as a European Capital of Culture. These cities are expected to produce an innovative year-long cultural programme that highlights the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe.

Galway European Capital of Culture 2020: A Once in a lifetime Opportunity

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the best cultural programme that Galway has to offer, not just in Ireland, but throughout Europe and across the world.
Galway has long since been seen as a cultural hub, a place where people come for a week and stay for good, a place where artists are inspired and people find their place. Galway is extraordinary. This designation gives the city and county an opportunity to thrive to its full potential, to create a sustainable environment for artists to thrive, to create a wonderfully inclusive and creative environment for our children and our children’s children to grow up in.

Galway 2020: Creating a Rich Cultural Legacy

This is a chance for the whole of Galway from all walks of life, from all areas of industry and culture, to come together to create a wonderful cultural legacy. Galway International Arts Festival will be working closely with Galway 2020 on some world-class artistic projects.

View the Galway 2020 Winning Bid Book

Video Credits:
Writer, Director, Producer: Paula Kehoe, Saoi Media
Executive Producer for Galway 2020: Tracy Geraghty
Associate Producer for UNESCO City of Film: Declan Gibbons
Featuring: Olwen Fouéré