Galway 2020 has issued an open call for up to 2,020 people from communities across Galway city, county and beyond to be part of Galway’s European Capital of Culture opening ceremony celebrations. Percussionists and chanters are just some of the roles being cast in the seven day-long opening celebrations which will take place from 02 – 08 of February. All abilities are welcome. If you can clap your hands, stamp your feet or bang a pot and pan together, then you are exactly who is needed.

The celebrations will start with a symbolic turf cutting ceremony on St Brigid’s day and fiery festivals will erupt in towns across the county over seven consecutive nights from Sunday, 02 February. Moving ever closer to the city through the first week of Imbolc, with events in Clifden, Spiddal, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Portumna and Athenry, a huge cast drawn from across the community will invade the streets and squares of Galway city on the evening of Saturday, 08 February for the spectacular open-air finale.


Galway 2020 is the largest and most complex cultural event ever undertaken on the island of Ireland comprising over 1,900 events across 154 projects, 170 partnerships and collaborations with local, national, European and international artists and cultural organisations from over 30 different countries. 


To find out more or to register to be a part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony log on to www.galway2020.ie. Participants must be over 18 years of age.

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