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19-04-2021

The European Parliament and Galway 2020 preparing for EYE on the edge

The European Parliament in collaboration with Galway 2020, and youth organisations presents EYE on the Edge, an exciting new festival created and curated by young people. Originally planned as a 2-day festival in Galway the EYE on the Edge is now going fully online and will happen in multiple locations right across Galway, Ireland, Europe and beyond from the 23rd to the 25th of April!

The festival will take place online from Friday 23rd April until Sunday 25th. Taking place on Friday at 3:15 is ‘Young Voices for Future of Europe’, a panel discussion on the Conference on the Future of Europe and how young people can voice their thoughts on the future of Europe through the Conference’s citizens’ consultation process.

On Saturday at 1pm, a panel discussion called ‘Youth Work in a Pandemic’ will shed light on how the pandemic has impacted both young people and the organisations that support them. Foróige, Cooperation Ireland and Techspace will give their insights into how their work has changed in order to reach young people over the past year.

On Sunday at 4pm, a sustainable fashion workshop will take place. Activists Geraldine Carton and Taz Kelleher from The Useless Project and owner of Spice Vintage, Grace Collier will deliver the workshop

Other events include a discussion on multilingualism in the EU, a stand-up comedy livestream and live music from The Black Gate in Galway.

The EYE on the Edge project is part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme and is a local European Youth Event (EYE), a biennial event in Strasbourg which brings together thousands of young people from all over the European Union and beyond to share and shape their ideas on the future of Europe. The project brings together young people (aged 16-30) and fuses politics, arts and culture to create dialogue, share ideas and respond to contemporary European and global challenges.

Speaking about her passion for EYE on the Edge, Maria Walsh MEP said: “This event brings together many of the topics I am passionate about – issues impacting young people, politics and diversity and I am delighted to be involved in helping to promote this unique festival. It is vital we ensure that the views of young people are included in European policy going forward and EYE on the Edge is an important part of that.”

Ms Walsh continued: “The event was initially due to be a part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme and credit is due to everyone involved in bringing it to a virtual audience due to COVID restrictions.”

She said: “As part of the build up to the event, I will be hosting an Instagram Live with Caoimhe McCarthy on Tuesday April 20th at 11am to give people a flavour of what will be happening during the festival. And I'd encourage people to log onto the EYE on the Edge social media channels and website to find out how to get involved in the wonderful programme of events.”

Registration for all events is open on the festival website, www.eote.ie.