Galway 2020’s title as European Capital of Culture finally comes to an end today after 16 months of fantastic performances, memorable exhibitions and online events.
The title will be passed from Galway and Rijeka in Croatia to three other European cities in a handover event which will be televised on TG4 and TG4.ie.
The 12-minute symbolic handover event celebrates just some of the theatre, music, dance, circus and visual arts highlights that were part of Galway 2020 and will be broadcast on Friday 7 May at 7.30pm.
Due to the pandemic, the programme was extended into 2021, with over 600 artists and organisations having taken part since the start of 2020.
Patricia Philbin, CEO, Galway 2020 said that having the opportunity to help to bring the projects and performances to life despite the pandemic was an honour for Galway 2020.
“It truly reflected the breadth of creativity and resilience in our creative community,” said Patricia Philbin.
“We’re delighted to present some of these events in this TG4 film, and would like to thank all of those who helped to make it happen – our cultural partners, creatives, Mayor, Cathaoirleach and of course, TG4.”
TG4’s Director General Alan Esslemont said that TG4 believed in the Galway 2020 programme from the very beginning.
“We were proud to be onboard as a partner to showcase the culture of Galway and the west coast of Ireland to a European and international audience,” he said.
“Despite setbacks and a global pandemic that resulted in a scaled back programme of events, I would like to congratulate Galway 2020 in what has been achieved in these extraordinary times.
“Highlights for me personally include John Gerard’s Mirror Pavilion on the Claddagh Quay in Galway, the bog portraits in Ros Muc and the beautiful suite of music ‘The Mighty Ocean’, composed by Máirtin O’Connor which through our partnership with Galway 2020 aired recently on TG4.”
Friday’s programme will feature the stunning scenery of the West coast alongside the medieval streets of Galway. It will also include a short 30-second address by EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Irish Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin.
The title is being passed from Galway and Rijeka to Esch in Luxembourg, Kaunas in Lithuania and Novi Sad in Serbia and there will be a symbolic acceptance of the title by the three new host cities, as well as a specially-commissioned music composition by composer Anna Mullarkey.