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5 reasons you should visit Galway in 2020

23 January 2020 09:36

Visit a Capital of Culture at the edge of Europe

Visit a Capital of Culture at the edge of Europe

Mud kitchens, marathons and mountains turning green can all be enjoyed during Galway's year in the limelight...

1. Enjoy epic ancient poetry

Nothing says culture quite like an epic poem from ancient Greece. Arts Over Borders will stage a performed reading of Homer's Odyssey, on one of the beaches where part of the mythical journey was said to have taken place. A large tent will host literary lovers and celebrated Greek musicians in August.

2. Muck in with a bad weather play day

Galway averages 240 days of rainfall a year, and the notoriously soaked city plans to put its wet weather to good use with a free day of outdoor play for families. Have your fingers crossed for a wet Wednesday on the 28th October, as rain-painting, bad weather bingo and mud kitchens are all hosted at Renville Park. If that doesn't sound playful enough there'll be weather wanders, puddle-jumping and build your own water-blaster sessions.

3. Watch mountains change colour

Not to be outdone by Chicago's river dying on St. Patrick's Day, the Galway 2020 team plan to turn the Connemara Mountains a fitting shade of green! Artist Kari Kola will attempt to create the largest lit artwork ever made, using the latest technology available for the 'Savage Beauty' installation. The project will explore the Capital of Culture's landscape theme in time for the nation's patron saint's celebrations.

4. Take in a marathon matinee

Showcasing the best of Galway is certainly more of a marathon than a sprint. The Fun Run will see artist Tristan Meecham cover 26 miles non-stop, with performances from school groups, community groups and members of the public for encouragement. Thousands of participants will come together for the five hour performance at Salthill Park on the 27th June.

5. Behold a mass balancing act

The River Corrib is one of the shortest yet fastest rivers flowing in Europe. Tragically it's also one of Galway's most common suicide hotspots. 'Wires Crossed' will ask 400 Galwegians and tourists to cross the river as a reminder of the balancing act of mental health. Tightwire walkers will need self belief and courage to traverse the river over 2020 minutes in August.

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