European Capital Of Culture
Our vision for Galway 2020 is that it will be a catalyst for a future of inclusivity, participation and cultural sustainability. It is drawn from and directly addresses what we have discovered in the bid process. We have chosen to encapsulate the essence of our bid and the conceptual core of our programme as Making Waves – a metaphor for a series of actions that will challenge the status quo and enable a shift in behaviour so that we achieve solidarity in diversity and replace apathy with cultural confidence. An evolving emotional and social intelligence will be a measure of our ECOC designation.
Migration, language and landscape are elemental themes in the make-up of Galway, as they are in European and world cultures. It is in their detail and their combination that our uniqueness is manifest. They are the foundation stones, but also the touchstones, upon which we build our programme for Galway 2020. Many of our projects speak to two or three of these themes reflecting their interconnectedness.
Small Towns, Big Ideas aims to re-introduce the spirit of collective action – Meitheal, an old Irish tradition – back to our towns and villages but in a contemporary, relevant and European context. We will activate European connections in our towns and villages by celebrating European culture and will strengthen local cultural confidence through meaningful programming. We have partnered with Europa Nostra who ultimately believe that smaller communities must be supported as a significant part of our common European heritage and as a vital resource for sustainable living and development. Our small communities see the value of interconnection and are driven by the power of belonging to a place with a rich cultural heritage and a desire to share its qualities with other European communities. This multi-annual programme will respond to the Big Ideas coming out of the towns and villages.
Our ECOC will connect with all our communities. Galway 2020 is committed to making a real and lasting contribution to the greater inclusion and empowerment of marginalised and disadvantaged groups.
You can download the bid book below and visit www.galway2020.ie for more information.