• The organisers of Galway 2020 say there will be a "significant contraction" of this year's programme.
    The board met yesterday to discuss the evolving situation around the coronavirus pandemic.

    In light of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak, the board of Galway 2020 decided a significant contraction of the programme is necessary, and said decisions will be taken in the very near future which will be consistent with Government policy.

    It was agreed that the measure is necessary in the interest of public health, and the board said more detailed information will be provided in the days ahead.



  • The future of Galway 2020 will be discussed today as organisers count the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.

    A number of the projects events have already been cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak.

    One of the measures being considered is possibly pushing back the city's designation as European Capital of Culture to 2021.

    Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard says all views will be taken into account at today's board meeting.

  • Galway 2020 has today opened a call for communities to develop a project for the cultural programme for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.  Funding of €200,000 will be awarded by Galway 2020 across the successful community groups to create and deliver projects.

    This is the second round of the successful Small Towns Big Ideas programme which celebrates ‘Meitheal’ – the ancient Irish tradition of coming together for a common purpose.

    Interested groups are asked to create projects that demonstrate collaboration, a European dimension and that respond to the core themes of Galway 2020.  Projects can respond to one, two or all of the core themes of LandscapeLanguage and Migration.

    Proposals for projects should be submitted through the Galway 2020 website before the closing date of 5pm on 10 May.

    Over 50 projects across Galway city and county were awarded funding in the first round of Small Towns Big Ideas, over 20 of which have already taken place with the remainder scheduled throughout 2019.  

    Galway 2020 will hold a number of information sessions across the county to answer any questions potential applicants may have. Any queries relating to the application process can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.