Galway 2020 is set to benefit from a major financial award from the European Commission.

Galway 2020

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The Galway 2020 project has won a €1,500,000 award from the European Commission.

The event will see more than 1,900 events across 154 projects, with the opening ceremony set to take place in February.

Rijeka in Croatia, which shares the European Capital of Culture 2020 designation with Galway, also received the recommendation.

Arthur Lappin, who is Chair of Galway 2020, says this investment is massively important:

“We’re on target now to deliver the most significant cultural event ever undertaken in this country, and one of the largest cultural events that takes place in the world in any given year. It’s a phenomenally important investment in Galway city and Galway county and indeed the region.”

Meanwhile Galway 2020 CEO Patricia Philbin recently told iRadio that there’s a great buzz building ahead of the official launch next February:

“I think people are starting to realise the scale of what’s about to happen in Galway and how they can all participate and enjoy it. Since the launch we’ve had a huge surge in people volunteering, so there are great opportunities not just for people to view all that’s going to happen but actually participate in it.”