Judges will be in town next Wednesday to assess our credentials in the bid to win the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture.
They will be determining exactly how embedded the bid is across the three counties of Kilkenny, Waterford, and Wexford. They will also examine the strength of the region’s cultural offering, and the depth of involvement of the community and stakeholders.
Local people will have an opportunity to view the Three Sisters 'bid book' — the 100-page document setting out the region's case to be ECoC 2020. It will be on view here at City Hall this Friday, July 8.
The document has been kept confidential until this point, so the event will give attendees an exclusive, first glimpse of the contents.
The book is currently being evaluated by the ECoC selection panel, ahead of its hugely anticipated visit next week.
Members of the Three Sisters Bid Team will be on hand on Friday to guide people through the book, while a range of photographs by Alan Higgins, which were specially commissioned for the document, will also be displayed.
“Everyone from the south-east region and beyond is welcome to come along and view our Bid Book, of which we are immensely proud,” says bid director Michael Quinn.
“The local people, who have shown such great support for the Bid, and been so enthusiastic with the outpouring of pride in the region, will be very interested to see the vision we have laid out for hosting the 2020 European Capital of Culture.”
One of the things the ECoC panel will be looking at is the depth of local support for the bid. People can show their support in the crucial last few days of the selection process by liking Three Sisters Facebook page, following @3sisters2020 on Twitter and Instagram using #BitForTheBid, and using Three Sisters social media badge available on www.threesisters2020.ie.
“Winning the title will promote our region throughout Europe and the vast benefits will be felt by generations to come,” says Mr Quinn.
“We are encouraging everyone to come along and chat about these great opportunities with members of the Three Sisters bid team, who have been doing such incredible work behind the scenes, and who will be on hand to guide people through the book at these wonderful events.”
Following the ECoC panel’s visit, and a presentation by ten members of the bid team, the 2020 winner will be formally announced on July 15.