Monday 11 December 2017

Dublin puts in bid for European Capital of Culture


A new campaign has been launched to sell Dublin as a vibrant city
A new campaign has been launched to sell Dublin as a vibrant city

A free gig and outdoor events are all ahead for Dubliners as the city awaits a decision on its European Capital of Culture campaign.

Dublin 2020 organisers have officially handed over their 'Bid Book', after months of preparation and public consultation.

A decision on the final short-list for the prestigious title will be made in mid- November, but the Dublin 2020 campaign will hold several events until then.

The application will be marked by a free concert in Meeting House Square on Saturday.

The gig, which starts at 8.30pm, will feature Anderson, Darling and The Hot Sprockets.

The capital will be contending with Galway, Limerick and the 'Three Sisters' of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.

Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Officer, said he was "overwhelmed" by the response so far, but said that culture still seemed to isolate people.

"The word 'culture' is a bit scary for people, but if you open a book or put in headphones, that's culture," he said.

However, Mr Yeates stressed that the bid would not just focus on "fun and festivals", but would address Dublin's social problems, too.

He said the campaign would unite people from all sides of the city together through cultural events, and wished all the other cities well.

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