The West is Awake – Galway 2020 – The European Capital of CultureDecember 17th, 2019
The end of the decade. Where did that go? It is now the 20th year of the 21st century. The landscape of the world is rapidly changing and there is really no time like the present to get out there to see it for yourself. Why stay and watch from afar? Life is just too short to not experience different cultures or ways of life. It can give a different perspective, educate you and can give you many stories to tell around a campfire. That is why I hope you recognise this as a call….. a call to adventure.
I am optimistic that if you are reading this then you are considering travelling to Ireland as a very real possibility. You may be looking to fly into Dublin and possibly work there as well. If that is what you have set your heart on, then of course, go all in. However, if you are open to exploring the path less travelled, then look no further then Galway in 2020.
2020 is no ordinary year for Galway. It is the year that the city has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture. So, what exactly does this mean? It means that for the entirety of the calendar year, Galway will host a whole series of cultural events celebrating its diversity among Europe. To give you some numbers, over 1,900 events will be held comprising artists from over 30 different countries. To give you some names, North American sculptor David Best (known for the burning man festival) and the British company Wonder Works (responsible for the Olympic Games ceremonies) are just two of the thousands of artists flocking to Galway in the New Year.
Galway has also been voted as one of the top cities in world to visit in 2020 by none other than Lonely Planet https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/cities . For any city, this is an amazing achievement and is a real indicator that Galway has become a hub for all things cultural. In fact, Galway has always been renowned for the ‘craic and the ceol’ (fun, mischief and music!)
Galway is also host to some of the most picturesque landscape in the whole of the country. From the cliffs to the beaches, they are a sight to behold. Coupled with the amazing surfing, exploring them is an adventure in itself! It is strongly advised to rent a car and travel the Wild Atlantic Way. There are few places in the world let alone Ireland that can match the beautiful natural scenery on offer along this winding road.
What is more, Galway is very reasonably priced. What you’ll do with this unexpected extra savings is up to you. With the sheer number of events being held, you’d be forgiven for attending as many as you can. This is great news for employment in the city and there will be a surge in demand for workers (that’s you). Now be warned that it won’t have gone unnoticed that Galway will be a hive of activity in 2020. So, what will you do? Will you watch from the side lines as another year of working holds you down or will you break free, running happily, into the West.
Blog post by Hugo O’Connor
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