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Each year since 1985, the European Union designates one or more cities as a European Capital of Culture.

Galway City is delighted to have been awarded this honour for 2020.

The European Capitals of Culture initiative is designed to:

  • Highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe
  • Celebrate the cultural features Europeans share
  • Increase European citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area
  • Foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities

How does it work?
European Capitals of Culture are formally designated four years before the actual year. This long period of time is necessary for the planning and preparation of such a complex event. The panel, supported by the European Commission, has a continuing role during these four years in supporting European Capitals of Culture with advice and guidance and taking stock of their preparations.
At the end of this monitoring period, the panel will consider whether to recommend or not that the European Commission pays the Melina Mercouri Prize (currently €1.5m funded from the EU Creative Europe programme).
The Galmont Hotel is proud to be supporting the bid for Galway to become the Capital of Culture 2020.

Find out more here: http://galway2020.ie/en/