City bids for Capital of Culture in 2020
Dublin is gearing up to become European Capital of Culture in 2020.
The bid for the prestigious honour, branded as Dublin2020, and will be unveiled by Lord Mayor Christy Burke at the Mansion House today.
A total of 28 young Dubliners will present their vision of what the city can do with the cultural title in five years time.
The young Dubliners will express their plans in a 'wishing tree ceremony' according to organisers.
The Lord Mayor said that the title - which was bestowed on Limerick in 2014 - helps build a sense of community.
"Dubliners are proud Europeans and these young people, who will all be young adults in 2020, are the city's future," Mr Burke said.
"I am delighted to speak to them today about what their Dublin 2020 will look like. Being a European Capital of Culture brings lasting benefits. It helps to create economic growth, build a sense of community and regenerate cities."
Dublin City Arts Officer Ray Yeates said Dublin is still working to realise its full potential.
"The bid for the European Capital of Culture will focus on cultural equality within our diverse population," he said.
"This bid gives the permission for all of Dublin to imagine 2020 and what we want our city to be like and then to set about achieving it."
The European Capital of Culture is awarded by the EU for a year. Ireland and Croatia have been announced as Europe's chosen countries in 2020.