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Galway and Rijeka: European Capitals of Culture 2020
The European Capitals of Culture initiative, launched in 1985, highlights the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe. At the same time, it supports the European Capitals of Culture in strengthening their international profile. The Capitals of Culture benefit from their title in the long term, not only in cultural, but also in social and economic terms.
"A pulsating and dynamic city on the edge of Europe"
Galway, the largest city in the province of Connacht in the west of Ireland, is already the third Irish city to boast the title of "European Capital of Culture". The cultural program "Galway 2020" builds on the four great Celtic festivals Imbolg, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain.
One in four Galway residents was born outside of Ireland. Thus, the topic of migration is one of the main focuses of the Capital of Culture program alongside landscape and language. First Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness (EPP), whose constituency includes Galway, describes the city as a synonym for culture: "Galway has a rich tradition of literature, art and music. The city is home to the Irish language and Modern and cosmopolitan at the same time. It is a center for medical devices and technologies. I am delighted that this pulsating and dynamic city on the edge of Europe has the opportunity to present itself to the entire continent. "
"A shining example of tolerance and multiculturalism"
In addition to Galway, the Croatian port city of Rijeka is also the European Capital of Culture this year. The largest port in the country is located in Rijeka. The city, known for its artist and festival scene, is the first city in Croatia to bear the title of Capital of Culture.
Under the motto "Port of Diversity", the "Rijeka 2020" program shifts the focus to the key issues of water, work and migration. The Croatian MEP Valter Flego (Renew Europe) studied mechanical engineering in Rijeka. He says of the European Capital of Culture year: "Rijeka can be a shining example of tolerance and multiculturalism for all European cities. I am sure that the city will promote these issues accordingly. I congratulate the city where I studied on this prestigious award . "
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