The opening ceremony of Rijeka 2020 went well, although it was a bit rainy. Then came the Covid-19 and everything stopped.

Galway 2020 starts again with “reimagined” programme

Galway and Rijeka were chosen to European Capitals of Culture in 2020. They got their program started. Then came Covid-19 end everything stopped.

Now both 2020 cultural capitals are starting again and running “re-imagined programmes” digitally, and with some live events complying with Covid-19 public health guidelines.

Their cultural year will be extended to next March.

This is what Galway for example has done:

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture made the decision not to proceed with live events scheduled from mid-March onwards, in response to public health guidelines and in the interests of public health.

Staying true to the original themes of Language, Landscape and Migration, the reimagined programme, which will take place from September 2020 to March 2021, will include both live and digital components, offering audiences the possibility to attend events in person, or experience elements of the programme online from home.

Galway 2020 declares on their web pages:

“The digital presentation of events allows for the retention of international partnerships and collaborations. The ambition of the programme, while making every effort to create live experiences for audiences again, in a safe way, those who are unable to attend, will also have the opportunity to experience memorable moments, while staying safe at home.”

The reimagined programme comprises hundreds of events from 28 projects, as well as 30 Small Towns Big Ideas community-based projects. Highlights of the programme include;

Read more about the “reimagined” Galway here.

Rijeka program can be found here.

The Covid-19 also means changes for future capitals of culture. Probably the year in which Novi Sad (Serbia) is due to host a European Capital of Culture will be postponed from 2021 to 2022 and the year in which Timisoara (Romania) and Elefsina (Greece) will hold the title from 2021 to 2023.

This Mirror Pavilion is one of the great art works which can be seen in Galway this autumn.