Galway has been chosen as the 2020 City of Culture
Galway has been named European Capital of Culture for 2020, beating Irish rivals Limerick and the ‘Three Sisters’ region of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford to the title.
A panel of ten judges visited the places vying for the crown before they assessed the official presentations from the bid teams at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Sharing the distinction alongside Rijeka in Croatia, Galway will receive €1.5 million from the European Union as it celebrates becoming the third Irish city to receive the accolade.
— Galway 2020 (@galway2020) 20 July 2016
The award has been granted to more than 50 cities across the EU since its inception in 1985, with Dublin gaining recognition in 1991 and Cork in 1995. Glasgow was honoured in 1990, while Liverpool was chosen in 2008. Several cities, including Bristol, Dundee, Leeds and Milton Keynes, are hoping to bring the title back to Britain in 2023.
The Minister for Arts, Heather Humphreys, said Galway’s role as European City of Culture will allow it to showcase the very best the city has to offer and to promote Irish culture.
From all of us at Galway2020 we want to THANK YOU GALWAY for the outpouring of support & congrats! We owe it to you! pic.twitter.com/MKv8cfLL7N
— Galway 2020 (@galway2020) 18 July 2016
“The European Capital of Culture will give Galway a wonderful opportunity to showcase its cultural richness,” she said. “While of course being named European Capital of Culture for 2020 will be a great boost in terms of attracting visitors, it also has the potential to engage and enliven local communities right across Galway in an exciting year of artistic and creative engagement.”
— Lorraine O’Hanlon (@lorraineohanlon) 15 July 2016
More than two thousand people crammed into Mainguard Street to hear the announcement on July 15, rounding off a process which had seen the whole city get behind the bid.