The charming city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland has been selected as European Capital of Culture for 2020, one of the largest cultural events in the world. Galway 2020 will open with a week-long festival of fire, culminating in a spectacular Opening Ceremony on February 8th, kicking off a year of theatre, literature, visual arts, music, dance, film, architecture, heritage, sport and food events. “Galway, with its ancient landscapes and histories, its different peoples and its many languages, is an extraordinary place where artists have always led the way.” Galway 2020 Creative Director, Helen Marriage Galway 2020 will focus on the themes of landscape and language, and there is no better place on the island of Ireland to immerse yourself in these. With events taking place everywhere from the wild, savage beauty of Connemara to the welcoming bustle of Galway’s towns, villages and city, the region will come alive like never before. Savage Beauty (March) Exploring the Galway 2020 theme of landscape, the mountains of Connemara are turning green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the largest ever light spectacle by Finnish light artist Kari Kola. Wild Atlantic Women (March) Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood comes to Galway as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, and chats to writer Susan McKay about her remarkable career. Gilgamesh (March, April, June) The world’s oldest literary epic Gilgamesh is getting a dramatic new interpretation by master storytellers Macnas. Two giants meet as Galway becomes the stage for this heroic story. Druid: The Galway Tour (April – July) The award-winning Druid Theatre Company is taking Ireland’s greatest 20th century one-act plays to towns and villages across Galway, creatively re-imagined for each unique location. Mirror Pavilion (April – October) Irish artist John Gerrard will create a spectacular new artwork on the 4,000-year-old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara, set within a giant Mirror Pavilion that reflects the environment around it. Borderline (May) American artist David Best, famous for his ephemeral Temples at Burning Man, comes to Galway with a new work that unites young people north and south of the border in Ireland. Odyssey (August) Homer’s Odyssey comes alive with a series of intimate readings of excerpts on the beaches of Galway, accompanied by live music by Greek musicians. Syngelines Festival (September) Irish playwright JM Synge is celebrated at a major new festival dedicated to his life, works and influences, with events set in wonderful and unusual surroundings. Three Chords and the Truth (Autumn) Galway joins with Boston, Belfast and Nashville for a series of concerts that trace the transatlantic roots of country, blues, gospel, folk and bluegrass. Explore more of Galway GalwayGalway has been named as one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities in the world – explore the city and its surroundings to find out why! ConnemaraDescribed as "a savage beauty" by wordsmith Oscar Wilde, Connemara in County Galway is rural Ireland at its most dramatic. Galway city: top 9 attractionsLooking for bohemian cool and traditional culture on the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way? Try Galway, one of Ireland’s most enjoyable destinations.