'Three Sisters' is shortlisted in culture bid
WEXFORD is a step closer to its ambition of being part of the European Capital of Culture 2020 after its joint bid as one of the Three Sisters with Waterford and Kilkenny was shortlisted.
The shortlisting was announced at Dublin Castle after the selection panel considered a comprehensive bid document and an intensive interview with each of the bid teams from Dublin, Limerick, Galway and The Three Sisters.
Limerick and Galway were also selected for the shortlist from the four Bids. The European Capital of Culture title which is regulated by the EU Commission will be awarded jointly to an Irish and Croatian city in 2020.
In mid-October the Three Sisters Bid book was officially filed with the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The 80-page document which outlines the regional vision by the Three Sisters offers an insight to its people and includes lots of passionate ideas and suggestions submitted by members of public during the Three Sisters public consultation period.
Following an analysis of the bid book the bid team along with cultural, educational, business and public representatives from across the region presented the bid vision to a panel of 10 adjudicators at Dublin Castle.
Three Sisters Bid director Michael Quinn said, 'we are very proud of the Three Sisters Bid submission, the entire team along with all of the people from the Southeast region collaborated to create a very unique proposition for Europe and we are delighted to be shortlisted for the 2020 title. The support demonstrated for this bid has been tremendous and I would like to congratulate and thank everyone involved.
'All of the bids submitted proposed a unique and high quality programme and the Three Sisters had some very tough competition, a lot of hard work will be carried out in the Three Sisters region with a view to securing the title for 2020, we will continue to build on the strengths of the campaign and engaging and working collaboratively with as many interested parties as possible over the next eight months.'
The Three Sisters Bid book will now be published on www.threesisters2020.ie. The next stage of the ECoC 2020 competition will require a more comprehensive bid document, a visit by the selection panel to the region and a presentation at the final selection meeting in July 2016.