A few months ago Galway made the bold statement, “we were starting now”. Of course they were talking about the battle to become the European Capital of Culture 2020.  A little over two weeks since the Galway 2020 team submitted their bid to the European Union, an assumed end or reflection point in this process, they present one of the busiest weeks of events and activities to date. This bid and all that is positive about it has taken on a life of its own, a life which is been driven by the people of Galway.

Inspired by the story of Brighton’s ZAP Club, Galway 2020 brought artists and members of the community together to see if there was a desire to create an alternative, artist led night life scene in Galway. The unanimous answer on the night was YES and what resulted was the formation of a new group called Fold/Unfold. Next Friday, 6th November the group will host their first night of music, art and food entitled‘ Shirpwrecked Dreams’ in the Galway Arts Centre.

As part of Galway 2020’s continuing dialogue on culture, on Tuesday, 3rd November at 5 pm in the Town Hall Studio, Irish Theatre Institute Co-Director’s Siobhán Bourkeand Jane Daly will facilitate an open conversation with Galway based arts practitioners on the organisation and its background; ITI Artist Support and Artform Development programmes; involvement with theatre artists and organisations on an international scale; the current  funding environment; national and international networking opportunities.The event is open to everyone with an interest in Irish theatre and is free of charge.

As part this years Galway Design Week the front of Taaffes building on Shop Streetwill be transformed into an interactive installation aimed at engaging with the general public while altering pubic perceptions of graffiti and derelict buildings. Posing the question ‘How Can We Make Galway Better?’ passers by will be encouraged to share their ideas and visions for making Galway a better place to live. Anyone interested in volunteering an hour or two of their time next week to get involved in this exciting initiative can register directly at HERE.

A brand new ‘Sew Social’ sewing workshop is coming to the Galway 2020 community hub. This brand new ‘Sew Social’ will take place every Wednesday from November 11th for 4 weeks. Each class will be 2 hours and free of charge. Only 10 spaces are available so book early by emailing info@galway2020.ie to reserve your place.

Artspace Studios in collaboration with 126 Artist-run Gallery have launched a new monthly series of ‘Creative Cafe’ events in Galway. The Creative Cafe is a new open space for artists to meet, network, exchange ideas, information, knowledge, thoughts and their passion for the arts. The Creative Cafe Galway will take place every last Thursday of the month in the Secret Garden Tea Shop, at 5.30pm.