Galway 2020 predicts everything from Margaret Atwood to art with neighbourhood asylum-seekers. Its organisers and artists talk about building bridges and creating a lasting gift for Irish artists
‘I know it’s not utopia, but …” Author Sarah Moss has “ve made my decision”, she tells the audience at Imagining Ireland. She’s moving to Ireland to discover whether the country of her ingenuity can subsist the test of lived experience. Striking a note of policed optimism that captivated the feeling of the night at Galway’s Black Box theatre, the English author affiliated an ensemble of young Irish musicians and some of “the worlds largest” unique female tones in contemporary Irish literature, including Sara Baume and Elaine Feeney.
The irreverent, funny, unabashedly feminist achievement originated quiet confidence, which must have helped to continuous the nerves of the artistic crew behind Galway 2020, following a weekend of anticlimax. Having planned for months the open-air spectacle of light-headed, fire, drumming and music to celebrate the start of Galway’s year as European capital of culture, organisers had to cancel it at midday on Saturday, due to Storm Ciara.