Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
Congratulations! Galway was voted as Irish holder of the European Capital of Culture 2020. Fighting off 3 other Irish bidders ( Limerick and the Three Sisters cities of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. Dublin got knocked out of the competition at the end of last year), Galway was handed the title on 15th July. Since it was initiated in 1985, two Irish cities have held the European capital of culture title – Dublin in 1991 and Cork in 2005. The title is rotated between EU member states – with Croatia sharing it in 2020 – but it will become an open contest in 2021. Andy Pratt was adviser to the bid team, and colleagues at the NUI Galway, in its early stages.