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Broadcaster Bláthnaid Treacy checks out the events planned for February. Photo: Eamon Aengus McMahon

Broadcaster Bláthnaid Treacy checks out the events planned for February. Photo: Eamon Aengus McMahon

Broadcaster Bláthnaid Treacy checks out the events planned for February. Photo: Eamon Aengus McMahon

The largest cultural event ever in Ireland is set to kick off on February 1 next year with the official launch of Galway 2020.

The European Capital of Culture programme in Galway comprises more than 1,900 events across 154 projects and 170 partnerships.

Details of the event wre unveiled last night at a special preview. Galway 2020 will feature collaborations with local, national, European and international artists from more than 30 different countries.

The ambitious programme will take place across the villages, towns, islands and city of Galway, and will be based around the ancient Celtic calendar.

President Michael D Higgins, who launched the festival yesterday, said it will explore quintessential Irish themes of language, landscape and migration.

"In the Irish language, a 'meitheal' describes the tradition in which people in rural communities gathered together to help each other with tasks, on the basis of a sense of community and reciprocity," he said.

"Galway 2020 will, I am sure, become a celebration of the 'meitheal' of the local, national and European communities of which we all are part."

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