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Why visit Galway in 2020, European capital of culture

2020 is set to be a very exciting year for Co. Galway! The vibrant city and county was recently announced as the European Capital of Culture for 2020. With this prestigious title comes over 1,900 planned events and therefore, over 1,900 reasons to visit Galway this year. We’ve narrowed this impressive list down to our top 5 to show you why you should take a trip to the cultural hub of Europe this year.

The Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony

Taking place on the 8th February 2020, the opening ceremony of the Galway 2020 Festival is one that is not to be missed.

Watch as the city is lit up by firelight in this once-in-a-lifetime open-air show featuring music, performance and blazing displays. This spectacular free event is suitable for all ages and will be proceeded by a series of fiery ceremonies across the county every evening within the same week.

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Fever Pitch Music Festival – Visit galway

Calling music-lovers everywhere, this is a musical highlight of the Galway summer. With its ever-diverse line-up, Fever Pitch is returning to Galway Airport for its third year this June.

Line-ups from previous years have seen diverse headline acts, from Irish alternative music such as the Waterboys and Gavin James, to drum and bass enthusiasts Rudimental, while the first headliner to be revealed for 2020 are indie-rock band, The Kooks.  Get ready for two days of ‘craic agus ceol go leor.’

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Galway International Arts Festival 2020

Taking place from the 13th – 26th July 2020, The Galway International Arts Festival is one of the top summer festivals in Europe and the largest multidisciplinary festival in Ireland and is already set to make for an eruption of art this Summer in Galway.

From live music and opera to circus and street performance, the festival will include a vast array of song, dance, visual arts and comedy, so you can be guaranteed there will be something for everyone.

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Breaking Bread 2020

Taking place in October, Breaking Bread 2020 builds on the success of the events in 2017 and 2018, celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Galway through the best medium, food!

This hugely popular event provides a large public platform for global food exchange, allowing locals and tourists to experience food and a cultural exchange from all over the world.

Of course, no Galway event would be complete without live music and dance so, you can also look forward to enjoying dinner and a show.

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City of Light, City of Sanctuary

Inspired by the increasingly urgent issues of displacement affecting many people and communities in Ireland and worldwide, Galway residents and international artists have come together to work on this truly incredible project which will be displayed in Galway City in September 2020.

The picturesque display of a floating city of lanterns is set to create a public space of reflection for all experiences of migration, home and belonging, accompanied with a stunning soundscape from Roma Yagnik.

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We’ve only scratched the surface of what Galway has to offer in 2020, but with almost 2,000 events taking place to highlight the richness and diversity of Galway’s cultural, there is most definitely something to suit everyone in. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience the best cultural programme that Galway has to offer.

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