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.
"We will become the ‘place to visit’ in Europe and a unique example of what a partnership approach can achieve,” said Cathaoirleach of KCC Mary Hilda Cavanagh.