Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture has secured an extension to allow some events to move into April.
Level 5 COVID restrictions in January and February impacted on cultural events across the country, including Galway 2020 which has many projects still in progress.
To allow projects to have the audiences that they deserve, some after years of preparation, certain events will now be able to be shown online until April.
These include The Mighty Ocean by Máirtín O’Connor, Wires Crossed by Galway Community Circus, Rise with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway Dance Project and events by TULCA Festival of Visual Arts amongst many others.
Announcing the extension, Patricia Philbin, CEO, Galway 2020 said that the livelihoods of local artists, arts organisations and partners are an absolute priority during this pandemic.
“We work very closely with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media to ensure COVID compliance on the delivery of this programme,” said Patricia.
“It is challenging, but in the best interest of the work and indeed our partners, we continue to deliver projects online, much to the delight of our audiences.
“People from all over the world are enjoying work created and made in Galway.”
Patricia added that in light of the new extension to restrictions, Galway 2020 sought and secured an additional month, so the programme will now continue online until April.
“We will continue to review the public health guidelines on an ongoing basis and work closely with the Department and our cultural partners to ensure compliance with prevailing public health guidelines and ensure viable delivery of the projects.”