August 13-16, 2020

August 13-16, 2020

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Galway: Making Waves

Milwaukee Irish Fest is excited to feature the vibrant music and culture of Galway, Ireland! In 2020, Galway will reign as the European Capital of Culture, which is one of the most recognized EU projects. The initiative began in 1985, with the idea to put specific regions at the heart of cultural life across Europe. Through culture and art, European Capitals of Culture improve the quality of life in the selected regions and strengthen the sense of community.

The concept for Galway2020 is Making Waves. It is about creating new ways of thinking, new ways of working, new conversations and new partnerships aimed at ensuring a more creative Galway. Galway2020 will explore the themes of Migration, Landscape and Language - to celebrate the diversity of cultures in Europe on the backdrop of Galway whilst promoting the city and county and the collective imagination of the Galway region. Learn more about Galway2020, here. Galway 2020 will have a booth at the Irish Destinations area on the festival grounds to talk with you about all things Galway, both in the city and county.

Cultural Highlights:
Galway Historic Maps exhibition
These maps are a part of the Royal Irish Academy's Irish Historic Towns Atlas series. Author Paul Walsh and Jennifer Moore from the RIA will be available to offer further insight in the Cultural Pavilion

Maps of Connemara
On loan from the National University of Ireland, Galway, there will be an exhibition of hand-drawn maps and folklore by artist and author Tim Robinson in the Cultural Pavilion

Joan Finnegan
Irish painter Joan Finnegan will showcase her artwork in the Cultural Pavilion

Galway Hooker sailboats
The Milwaukee Currach Club will have an exhibit inside the Meehan Boat house on the famous Galway Hooker boats, from the Galway City Museum. There will also be a 3D model of the famous Galway Bay, as well as a display of sails and rigging systems

Renaissance Galway
Paul Walsh from the National Monuments Service Ireland will present in the Hedge School about the transformative period in Irish history in Galway during the mid-seventeenth century.

Below are the artists performing as part of the Galway showcase. The Galway showcase is brought to you by Milwaukee Irish Fest, Galway2020 and Culture Ireland.


  • BackWest
  • The Kane Sisters
  • Leo Moran & Padraig Stevens
  • We Banjo 3
  • The Whileaways

Keep Scrolling to Watch YouTube Videos of each of the acts!


The Kane Sisters

Leo Moran & Padraig Stevens

We Banjo 3

The Whileaways

*The Kane Sisters not on Spotify


Galway Showcase

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Culture Ireland

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