Limerick 2020 marks Europe Day in Culture House – Pictured above Sheila Deegan, Deputy Director, Limerick 2020, Edel Ryan, Limerick 2020 Bid Team, Joan Ryan Dorman, Limerick 2020 Bid Team , Mike Fitzpatrick, Director, Limerick 2020, Pippa Little, Assistant Arts Officer, and Evelyn Noonan, Limerick 2020 Bid Team celebrate Europe Day at Culture House, Limerick.
European flags have were raised this week outside the Culture House -the home of Limerick 2020 -to mark Europe Day as the city celebrates its European heritage.
With only 10 weeks to go before Limerick finds out if its bid to be designated European Capital of Culture 2020 is successful, the Limerick 2020 bid team marked Europe Day with an open house event celebrating what it means to be European and enjoying a cuppa and ‘a slice of Europe’ with a specially commissioned cake from the city’s Danes Bakery.
In May each year, the European Institutions celebrate the anniversary, 9 May 1950, of the founding of the European Union. Europe’s 508 million citizens are invited to engage in informative activities, open house events and celebrations throughout Europe to celebrate their European Heritage and learn about the day-to-day work of the institutions, as well as the broader issues, challenges and benefits of the European Union.
“We are also asking our thousands of twitter followers and web visitors to send us their thoughts this Europe Day on why being European is important to them,” said Sheila Deegan, Deputy Director, Limerick 2020. “Those who wish to get involved can do so online using the hashtags #Limerick2020 and #EuropeDay.”
Limerick is currently preparing its final bid book ahead of the announcement of who wins European Capital of Culture in July 2016.
Sheila Deegan added: “Limerick is on a path of change and regeneration and we are actively engaged with social and economic challenges which will lead to growth and development.
The designation of European Capital of Culture 2020 represents a very tangible and desirable goal to help bring about this transformation. We have now made the shortlist and our team is working tirelessly on the final bid book, panel visit and interview which will take place in mid July culminating in the final announcement on July 15.”
For 30 years the European Union has designated one or more cities as a European Capital of Culture. The European Capital of Culture designation is for a period of one calendar year during which a city and/or a region organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension, promoting cultural diversity and common features of our European Heritage. Ireland is eligible to host the European Capital of Culture in the year 2020.
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