RTÉ has announced that it will become the lead media partner for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture in two years’ time.
The Director-General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes, and the Chief Executive of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Hannah Kiely, signed an agreement earlier this week which will see RTÉ support Galway 2020 events across all platforms and working alongside sister national service TG4.
Focusing on the themes of Migration, Landscape and Language the Galway 2020 programme encompasses all aspects of culture from art, sport, large-scale spectacle, food, digital, dance, theatre, circus, film, architecture and literature.
Dee Forbes says: “At its best, public service media ensures that there is a publicly owned space where we can come together, remember together and celebrate together. It allows us to participate in major events, as a community. Arts and culture are core pillars of RTÉ’s new five year strategy. As we did with RTÉ 1916, and as we do week in week out with the renowned RTÉ Supporting the Arts scheme, RTÉ will work to inspire audiences, so that they will seek to find out more, to join in, and to discover all there is to discover about this unique event, when Galway City and County – and by extension Ireland – will become European Capital of Culture.”
Hannah Kiely, Chief Executive of Galway 2020, adds: “Galway 2020 will be a very special year locally, nationally, and internationally. This strategic partnership with RTÉ will ensure Galway 2020 delivers a truly European Programme, which enables the re-generation of more culturally vibrant communities. RTÉ and Galway 2020 have the shared ambition of integrating digital into all our work. We are delighted to announce this partnership with RTÉ, which supports the Irish-language, the arts, culture, music, and sports, and that through our combined expertise and resources will enable local, national and international audiences to participate in what will be an incredible fun-filled year for all.”