Galway Awarded UNESCO City Of Film

Galway has been awarded the permanent status of UNESCO City of Film.

Bill O'Herlihy, Chairman, Bord Scannán hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, said: "This is a major international achievement not just for Galway, but for the country. Film has always run through the veins of Galway, and holds a strong cultural, artistic and economic value.

"I'd like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Galway City and County Councils, together with all of those working in the film and television community in Galway City and County, and to applaud their contribution.

"The appointment of Galway as a permanent UNESCO City of Film is recognition of the value of Irish filmmakers – directors, writers, producers, the Galway Film Centre, the Galway Film Fleadh, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and TG4 to the cultural fabric of Galway."​

The bid was supported by Bord Scannán hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board served on the committee which drove the bid, organised by Galway Film Centre in association with Galway City and County Councils.


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