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The capital of culture initiative was developed in 1985 and has to date been awarded to more than 50 cities across the European Union. Each year the Capital of Culture is selected by the European Union for a one year period, during which time the selected city will organise a host of cultural events and activities with a strong European focus.

During Galway’s 2020 European Capital of culture bid, we saw the city and county transform into a sea of blue in support of this once in a lifetime opportunity. Galway 2020 bid brought with it, the ultimate opportunity for everyone to join together as a community to show case Galway’s culture, lifestyle, diversity and businesses.

The Galway 2020 team travelled to Dublin on July 14th, to present their reasons as to why Galway was the right choice to become The European Capital of Culture. 24 hours after presenting to the expert panel of judges, Galway was announced as the winner. It is official; Galway is now the European Capital of Culture 2020

Galway is renowned for its passion, vision, creativity, hospitality, energy and of course its people. It has put together some of Europe’s top events such as the Galway Art Festival which is now the largest in Europe.

As Galway has now become the European Capital of Culture it will see Galway host over 500 events ranging from large scale festivals to smaller events. Clayton Hotel Galway are delighted to be part of this amazing experience, and with a large ballroom catering for up to 800 people, it will be with great pleasure we get to host some of these amazing events and festivals at our perfect location. Such an amazing title will change Galway for generations to come. With an increase in jobs, and in events, more visitors will come and Galway will bridge the gap between North America and Europe.

Clayton Hotel Galway are proud to be working alongside so many businesses showing our support for Galway 2020. Many have become involved in the initiative in their own unique way, from creating bespoke Galway 2020 pieces, to baristas and restaurateurs decorating their coffees and menus. It is all happening. Galway 2020 is for the people.

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