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Galway’s hard work was rewarded last year when it was announced that it had won the bid for hosting European Capital of Culture in 2020.

The work is on-going now as the team and the community prepare for the year-long cultural programme that will highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe and celebrate our shared culture and values and experience as European citizens.

What will the European Capital of Culture mean for Galway?

Creative Europe Mini-Showcase will shine a spotlight on Ireland’s participation in the Creative Europe programme and looking to 2020.

With this special focus on European collaboration in Galway we thought it was an opportune time to spotlight Ireland’s involvement in European culture projects supported by the Creative Europe culture sub-programme.

Join us for this free event during the Galway International Arts Festival to hear from three Irish projects on their experiences of transnational culture projects, the joys, the pitfalls and why they do it. This mini-showcase will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Benita Lipps of the DaVinci Institute followed by a networking reception.

16:00 Registration

16:15 Mini-showcase of Creative Europe supported projects
European Outdoor Art Academy; Vertical Dance Forum
Chantal McCormack, Fidget Feet

EUCIDA – European Connections in Digital Art
Maolísa Boyle, Rua Red

Small Size Big Citizens
Aislinn O’hEocha, Baboro


17:15 What will the European Capital of Culture 2020 mean for Galway?
As well as generating positive cultural impacts the programme has been found to engender cultural and economic regeneration with lasting cultural, social and economic effects. How can Galway exploit the potential of the ECoC and what lasting impacts can be achieved?

Chair: Benita Lipps (DaVinci Institute). Panel members: to be confirmed.

17:45 Networking and drinks reception

This event is free but you do need to register here. We look forward to seeing you in Galway!

If you wish to arrange a one to one meeting for earlier in the day with the Creative Europe Culture Office while we’re in Galway please email cedculture@artscouncil.ie.

When: Friday 21st July 2017 4pm – 6.30pm
Where: Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway City

The Arts

Creative Europe
European Capital of Culture