Chris Baldwin

Performance  Culture Transformations

Galway- European Capital of Culture 2020


Landscape, Language, Migration 


For more than three years  the Galway team with their national and international colleagues have been developing a rich programme of projects based upon the themes of landscape, language and migration. While deeply embedded as concerns and inspirations in Galway City and County one cannot but see how these themes resonate with all our lives as Europeans. As Zygmunt Bauman wrote,


" Europe’s task consists of passing on to all the art of everyone learning from everyone. George Steiner persuades us that the main task facing Europe today is not of a military or economic nature, but rather a “spiritual and intellectual one”. "The sacredness of the smallest details” is how William Blake would have called the spirit of Europe. It often turns out that in the matter of diversity of language, culture and society, very small distance, in the order of twenty kilometers, divides two completely different worlds... Europe will perish if it does not fight for its languages, local traditions and social autonomy.... Of Europe’s exceptional virtues, it is diversity, the wealth of variety, that he places above all others. Abundance of diversity is deemed by him as the most precious treasure which Europe managed to save from the conflagrations of the past, to offer to the world today. To live with Another, live as Another for Another, is the fundamental task of man - both on the highest and the lowest level ...therein perhaps dwells that specific advantage of Europe, which could and had to learn the art of living with others."


From the three themes have developed  four "Flagship Programmes" (An Artist in Every Place, Hope it Rains, Small Towns Big Ideas, Windows on the World) and four "Project Suites" (Launching and landing, Weigh Anchor, Ship to Shore, Foreward Motion).  More about these can be found in the Galway2020 Bid Book.  The tapestry is already widely acknowledged as rich and intriguing. I look forward to working with everyone as we take this work to implementation.


Chris Baldwin












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