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The European Capital of Culture is an initiative by the European Union to highlight the richness and diversity of cultures across Europe. Cities are designated for a period of one calendar year during which they organize a series of cultural events. In July 2016 Galway was awarded the Irish designation for European Capital of Culture for 2020. Over 1900 events across 154 projects had been planned throughout the year. The Wave Makers volunteer programme was created to help with the delivery of the event. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions imposed by the Irish government, required Galway 2020 to postpone events. The event was later ‘reimagined’ to run from September 2020-April 2021, with most of the events taking place either online or in person under strict social distancing rules.
This case study demonstrates how the Wave Makers programme adapted in line with these COVID-19 restrictions.
Morris, S. (2022) Volunteer management during COVID-19: The case of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. Case Study developed as part of the Sustainable Event Industry Knowledge (SEIK) Project. DOI: 10.21427/2V1S-3N30
National Forum for Teaching and Learning, Higher Education Authority
Case Study developed as part of the Sustainable Event Industry Knowledge (SEIK) Project