Three Galway 2020 arts groups head to Croatia to build ties

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Three arts groups involved in Galway 2020 are in Croatia this week to take part in the European Tandem Cultural Capitals programme.

Arts practitioners from BranarGalway Film Centre and Theatre 57, all of whom are participating in Galway 2020, are in Rijeka, Croatia to take part in a partnership programme supporting collaborations between past, present, and future capitals of culture.

Galway and Rijeka will both share the title of European Capital of Culture next year.

Matti Allam, Head of International Relations at Galway 2020 said that “building international networks and enabling local cultural organisations to work on a European level” is an important part of that.

“Tandem Cultural Capitals brings together these cultural professionals to share learnings, build networks and have access to peers on a European level.”

“We are excited to see what collaborations emerge for our brilliant Galway representatives.”

Created in 2011, Tandem has allowed more than 400 cultural managers from over 177 cities in 43 countries across Europe to network, pool knowledge, and forge new partnerships.

The three groups representing Galway in Croatia were chosen from an open call for experienced creative professionals based in Galway City or County.

During this week-long meeting in Rijeka representatives from Galway will work with their counterparts from other Capitals of Culture to experiment with collaboration ideas, and strengthening their work on a European level.

Also present are representatives from upcoming capitals of culture Eleusis 2021, Novi Sad 2021, Esch 2022, Kaunas 2022 and Veszprém 2023.