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Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony Cast


Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony Cast

Galway 2020


At a Glance

  • Start Date:30/11/2019
  • End Date:08/02/2020
  • Closing date:25/01/2020
  • Post Updated:27/11/2019
  • Min Hours:15
  • Role Type:Arts – music, drama, crafts

Requirements:Over the age of 18 from the 30th of November


Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture is on the hunt for up to 2,020 participants for our Opening Ceremony, one of the largest events the West has ever seen. 

Starting on the 2nd February in Clifden, fiery celebrations will erupt in towns across the county over seven consecutive nights. Moving ever closer to the city through the first week of Imbolc, with events in Clifden, An Spidéal, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Portumna and Athenry. 

We are looking for participants from each of the towns. They will form part of the huge county-wide cast which will invade the streets and squares of Galway City on the evening of Saturday the 8th February for the spectacular open-air finale. 

Specific roles for the community cast will include percussionists, chanters, turf bearers, fire carriers, fire makers and support staff, all with and without experience. So, whether you have experience or not, there’s a role for you. Cast members will be learning from world-class professionals to get ready for the big event. We’re also casting for general roles, so if you’re not sure yet what you’d like to do, then we encourage you to register your interest and find out more. 

For every role, you will be taught everything you will need to know to be successful. We will never put you in a situation you are uncomfortable with. This show is built for maximum fun and achievability for the maximum number of people. We simply want people who want to be social and try something new. This is a chance to show your pride in your culture, home town and meet like-minded people.

Percussionists - If you can count to four and keep a steady beat you belong here.

Chanters - If you can sing in the shower you belong here. You don’t even have to know how to sing in tune. 

Turfbearers - If you can walk in a straight line and carry one brick of turf you belong here.

Fire Carriers - If you can walk in a straight line and are not afraid of a kerosene torch you belong here.

Fire Makers - If you are not afraid of kerosene torches and can hand out and collect torches from performers, you belong here.

Support Staff – If you have an interest in the behind the scenes element of a big show i.e. costume, fitters, hair and make-up etc., you belong here.

Is training provided?: Yes

Skills required for this role:

No previous experience is required.

Minimum time commitment per week:
2 hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Éanna Mac Donnchadha

Address: Galway 2020, 16 Merchant's Road, Galway


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