Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford also adopt historic Regional Cultural Strategy
19 May 2016: Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford local councils have each unanimously endorsed their counties coming together as Three Sisters in a bid to win the European Capital of Culture 2020. The three local authorities have adopted a Regional Cultural Strategy which they will work to roll out together between now and 2025. The councils have also voted to approve the budget for the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 2020 bid.
The historic agreement comes as the Three Sisters enters its final weeks of preparation for the ECoC’s panel visit. Once it has visited the region, the panel will make its decision on July 15th. Should Three Sisters be awarded the title, the €31 million to be invested in the cultural programme will yield €170 million for the region. Three Sisters is competing against Galway and Limerick for the title.
Significantly, even if Three Sisters is not successful in its bid to become the 2020 ECoC, the three local authorities will use the priorities and goals of the Regional Cultural Strategy to work towards regional partnership through cultural initiatives, with each other and and with a wide range of stakeholders.
Speaking about the endorsement of the Bid and the adoption of the cultural strategy, Three Sisters Bid Director Michael Quinn said “This is an historic occasion. It’s unprecedented for three county councils to come together in partnership through culture to develop a region. The unanimous support from each of the three councils for our Bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2020 has been a significant aspect of our success to date.”
Mr Quinn continued “We now have a unifying, cultural strategy that will guide our region forward, and create a stronger legacy for our future generations.”
Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh, explained why Kilkenny was happy to endorse the Three Sisters ECoC bid; "We will become the ‘place to visit’ in Europe and a unique example of what a partnership approach can achieve. The opportunities for the region will be immense and we would see a very significant increase in visitor numbers".
Cllr John Cummins, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, said “I am delighted that the elected representatives of Waterford City & County Council have unanimously supported the innovative and creative Three Sisters 2020 Bid and associated Regional Cultural Strategy. If successful, this will be a significant game changer for Waterford, Wexford & Kilkenny and indeed the entire South East region.”
Commenting on the Regional Cultural Strategy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Tony Dempsey said “This document will guide the three counties as we work towards becoming European Capital of Culture 2020. Not only that, but it will be the blueprint for strong regional collaboration for years to come. This is an exciting time for Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford as we continue to work together in partnership.”
Pictured is Nora Widger, Rotary President presenting a cheque, the proceeds of the Rotary Christmas Memorial Tree to Danette Connolly, Waterford Hospice. Included are Ronan Brazil, Marie Dennehy, Stephanie Frisby, Hospice, Oliver Murphy, Orm Kenny, Gerry Sheridan, Kjell Nolke, Kyran Curley and Joe Kenny. Photo by John Power.
It was lights, cameras, action in the three sisters region recently when RT És popular nationwide came to town. Nationwide presenter, Mary Kennedy, and the television crew wanted to film our unique story of three regions coming together as one, in a bid to win the European Capital of Culture 2020.
The programme will air before the end of May, and if you keep a close eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages, we’ll let you know the date – so you can tune into this extra special episode!
And while you’re keeping an eye out for that info, why not do your bit to help us win and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter using #BitForTheBid. Remember, there are only a few short weeks until July when the European Union’s European Capital of Culture panel makes its decision.
A number of our incredible Culture Champions took time out from their busy schedules to take part in the Nationwide interviews. Kilkenny’s Tomm Moore, founder of Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon, was joined by Miriam Dunne, founding member of Waterford’s Spraoi International Street Arts Festival. Also interviewed and representing Wexford, was our very own Bid Team member, and lead singer of folk group Corner Boy, Mick D’Arcy.
We can’t wait to see the finished product on our screens in a few weeks’ time, and we know that you’ll show your support by tuning in to RTÉ 1, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Instagram with #BitForTheBid
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