An exhibition showcasing Galway's preparations for its designation as European Capital of Culture in 2020 was staged in Galway yesterday evening.
Following a series of controversies in recent months, organisers of Galway 2020 presented some of the developments, and a roadmap for the rest of the project's delivery.
With just over a year to go, the Galway 2020 company says many exciting opportunities are emerging for everyone, from artists and performers, people and communities, from the cultural programme of events and volunteering to business partnerships.
Galway 2020 says it's determined to deliver a world class series of events, and at last night's event, updated branding images for the year-long celebration of culture were unveiled.
Organisers are inviting Galway people to visit a dedicated exhibition at the Printworks building in the city over this weekend, where they can find out how plans are progressing for the celebration of culture.
CEO of Galway 2020 Patricia Philbin denied there was an effort by the company to control conversation around the event, after a number of organisations involved in the project were given a pamphlet yesterday, with suggested answers they could give to media queries about their work.
She said she was confident that the widespread enthusiasm that greeted the city’s designation in July 2016 was still present, and that this could be revived in the coming months.
However, some Galway artists and writers have reacted with dismay to the continued delay in finding a new creative director since original appointee Chris Baldwin resigned last May.