In a bid to win the title of European Capital of Culture for Ireland in 2020 the three counties of Kilkenny, Waterford & Wexford have formed an alliance under the moniker of Three Sisters 2020. Led by Waterford Director of Service Michael Quinn, the team is harvesting ideas to submit in the application to become Ireland’s 3rd Capital of Culture (Cork 2005, Dublin 1991).

SpraoiWaterford2012_largewexford-sinfonia-concertIf successful the designation could transform the South East alliance through creative and dynamic regional, national and European partnerships.

So far the consultations have been generalised with an emphasis on community and business. A number of niche arts areas are also being put forward by a bid programming team and a number of Cultural Ambassadors have been appointed.

If you, as an artist, want your voice to be heard – submit an artistic idea by following this link.The more artistic ideas forwarded – the more traction the Arts and Artists will have on the outcome of the process.

Art sopaboxEach year since 1985 the European Union designates one or more cities as a European Capital of Culture. The European Capital of Culture is designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. Preparing a European Capital of Culture Bid will be an opportunity for the region to generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits and it can help foster urban and rural regeneration, change the regions image and raise its visibility and profile on an international scale.


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