01/12/2014 : Minister Humphreys congratulates Galway on UNESCO City of Film designation
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has welcomed the decision to award the permanent status of UNESCO City of Film to Galway. Galway joins a select group of cities in the world to have been awarded this honour.
Commenting on the news, Minister Humphreys said:
“This is fantastic news and I am really pleased for all of the organisations that were involved in the bid. In particular I wish to commend the Galway Film Centre, who in close association with Galway County Council and Galway City Council, and supported by the Irish Film Board, coordinated the bid that also had the backing of some 50 organisations from both the city and county of Galway”.
Minister Humphreys continued:
“Galway has a long association with film making and the audiovisual sector going back over many years and it is a fitting testament to all of the great directors, producers, writers and actors who have made Galway their home. From that creative home, they have produced memorable works that has led to this great honour for their city”.
Galway joins Sydney, Australia and Galway’s twin city of Bradford in the UK as a designated City of Film. This status brings the highest internationally recognised standard of excellence in the creative industries to Galway. The title of Creative City of Film also includes membership of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.