Europe is a strange place. One can feel misery and hopelessness seeing how cities are plagued with division, conflict and death (I am writing this the morning after the attack in Nice). But at the same time one can feel pride seeing people choose to come together to build instead of dismantle.
Galway is such a place right now.
Just a few moments ago, this wonderful, huge hearted city became the official European Capital of Culture in 2020! This is to send a big batch of hugs and congrats to our fellow team members there whose work paid off and is now taken to a whole new level.
This spring @Alberto and I were very happy to work there and help boost grassroots projects to the point of being written into the bidbook. Some are shining in the bidbook lineup and are presented as part of the official programme, while others might end up being supported further down the line. We met people striving to create community hubs for immersive art, to put a carbon free Galway on the agenda, to create edible forests, to set up peer led mental recovery centres! One project in particular has Edgeryders listed as an official partner, and that is PILGRIM - a Galway birthed and flavoured version of our own unMonastery (pam pam!), led by @Thom_Stewart .
You can read about the next generation of young, creative cultural producers in the city’s bidbook, now public. The general concept is Making Waves and it’s meant to be evocative of cultural democracy, meeting potential beyond boundaries and celebration as the path to the future of culture. The full version is available here.
<3 Team Galway2020, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your journey this year, we are humbled. The next step is to boost the Edgeryders Culture Squad to weave the new European Capital of Culture 2020 in an ever-denser international network of artists, hackers and activists. Onwards!