Galway city has been listed by top travel guide Lonely Planet among the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2020.

The accolade places Galway in fourth position among the world’s top 10 to visit in 2020after Salzburg (Austria), Washington DC (USA) and Cairo (Egypt) and ahead of Bonn (Germany), La Paz (Bolivia), Kochi (India), Vancover (Canada), Dubai (UAE) and Denver (USA).

“Brilliantly bohemian Galway is arguably Ireland’s most engaging city,” the Lonely Planet listing gushed.

“Galway’s designation as European Capital of Culture takes place at a critical juncture, at a time when arts and culture are needed more than ever to forge new friendships and strengthen existing bonds between countries and people”

“Here brightly painted pubs heave with live music and cafes offer front-row seats to watch buskers perform. And this year all that creative exuberance is being supercharged by events marking the Galway region’s role as a 2020 European Capital of Culture – the city’s calendar is as packed with activity as the bars are with locals on a Saturday night.

“Expect street spectacle, live and digital art as well as world-class music, theatre and dance. Sleep might have to wait – in Galway even the buskers play late into the night.”

Galway 2020: European Capital of Culture

The influential guide added: “Vivid and vibrant, brimful of imagination, Galway in 2020 is home to a year-long, city-wide, arty party. And you’re invited too.”

Irish Ambassador to the UK, Ambassador Adrian O’Neill, hosted a reception at the Embassy of Ireland in London last week to mark the launch of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Programme in a special event uniting cultural stakeholders from across Great Britain. The programme received a second launch in Brussels on 8 October, with a reception hosted by Galway 2020 and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA), supported by Tourism Ireland.

Addressing the London audience, CEO of Galway 2020 Patricia Philbin said: “Galway’s designation as European Capital of Culture takes place at a critical juncture, at a time when arts and culture are needed more than ever to forge new friendships and strengthen existing bonds between countries and people. Galway 2020 is embracing this opportunity with open arms.”

Main image: Conor Luddy on Unsplash 

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 22 October, 2019

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