Tuesday 20 August 2019

Public to have their say on Capital of Culture bid

Wexford County Council's headquarters at Carricklawn
Wexford County Council's headquarters at Carricklawn

By David Tucker

The people of Wexford are being given the opportunity to have their say about by the bid by Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny to jointly become European Capital of Culture 2020.

The bid for the South East will be developed over the coming months and the planned meeting at the County Buildings in Carricklawn between 6 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, is the first in a series of engagements with those operating in the arts, culture and creative industries sectors alongside individuals and organisations who feel that they would like to have their voice heard as part of the development process.

The event is billed as an exciting and once-off opportunity for the region to highlight its cultural capital and potential to an international audience.

The title of European Capital of Culture involves a competitive process and the partners are currently preparing their bid for the region.

Speaking about the importance of local participation in developing the bid, Director of Services Michael Quinn said the contribution of individuals and groups from all sectors will be key throughout the bid process.

'While there will be major benefits to the visitor and creative economy and enhancements to the cultural life of the region, the main motivating principle for a successful Bid has to be to make a real difference to people's lives across every community,' he said.

The Ireland South East 2020 Bid involves an economic development element offering significant social, economic and cultural returns for the three Counties of Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny over the next generation.

It offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to review the role of culture in society, the type of community and economy we want and the most effective approach to governance and service provision to meet these agendas. The regional bid for the title will be led by Waterford City on behalf of the partners.

Wexford People

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