Three Sisters' bid for Europe
Three Sisters 2020 submitted the official Bid Book to Europe last Friday (June 17) as the final countdown to the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) decision begins.
The Bid Book is a 100-page document which will be carefully reviewed by the ECoC selection panel, before it makes its final decision on July 15.
Following their evaluation of the document, two members of the ECoC panel will visit the region on July 13 to determine how embedded the Bid is across the three counties.
They will also examine the strength of the region's cultural offering, and the depth of involvement of the community and stakeholders.
Other important elements of their decision will be based on Three Sisters ability to highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe, while hosting the enormous progamme of events that will take place in the ECoC host city.
The fact that the ECoC effort has already united the three counties of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford culturally, and in planning for a unified future, should be of particular interest to the selection panel.
It is this unique aspect that has set Three Sisters apart from competitors Galway and Limerick.
Commenting on the official submission, Three Sisters Bid Director Michael Quinn said:
'We are all immensely proud of this impressive document which is the result of two years' continuous hard work by people across every spectrum of our three great counties.
'We have shaped a cultural and artistic programme which is wholly locally owned, yet European in scope. We set out to create a programme that would inspire, challenge and mobilise participation, and I am confident that our final document has achieved all of these aims,' he said.