Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture has expressed disappointment with the outcome of a meeting of Galway City Council yesterday regarding the commitment of additional funding to Galway 2020.
In a statement to Midwest News Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture says the additional support sought from Galway City Council would have facilitated the development of a more extensive programme across Galway city, as it says, it has done across the county with additional funds from Galway County Council.
The statement concludes that while the outcome is not what we had hoped it would be, we are committed to delivering our programme.
Galway 2020 CEO Patricia Philbin says “we are disappointed by the outcome of the meeting - but as this weekend has proved Galway 2020 is a very resilient project. Following a hugely successful fire tour which lit up towns across the county last week - thanks to the amazing effort of our community cast - we are exploring plans so that the community cast will continue in reimagined ways.
We’re also delighted to confirm that the town spheres will be gifted to the communities who were part of the fire tour. In the interests of public safety we had to cancel the finale of the Opening Ceremony at the weekend. Galway 2020 wants to express sincere gratitude for the support we’ve received, while the decision was a difficult one, the safety of our audience and participants was our priority.
As European Capital of Culture we now commence the delivery of a magnificent year for Galway city and county working with our artists and communities.