European Capital of Culture: Brussels reception for Galway 2020

Galway was formally announced as the European Capital of Culture for 2020 at a reception held in Brussels last week.

One million extra visitors are now expected to visit Galway city and county in 2020 as a result of winning the bid, which is estimated to cost a total of €45.7 million to run.

The reception was an opportunity to showcase Galway’s plans for 2020, along with connecting with organisations in Europe who will help build the bid. Rijeka in Croatia will also host the title of European Capital of Culture (ECOC) in 2020, and it is envisaged that Galway will connect with the Croatian project in the lead up to the event.

Galway’s winning project entitled ‘Making Waves’ focuses on the key themes of Migration, Landscape and Language, “Themes which are all significant priorities on the European agenda at both institutional and citizen level in an increasingly multicultural environment,” said Arts Minister Heather Humphries.

She added that Galway City itself is a prime example of multi-culturism, where 24 per cent of the city’s residents are non-nationals.

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