A public meeting was held on Friday April 22 to discuss Limerick Cultural strategy for the next 15 years. The strategy has been named World Cafe and will form part of Limerick’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020 and feature two strands covering the periods 2016-2020 and 2020-2030.
For the last 30 years the European Union has assigned one or more cities as a European Capital of Culture each year. The European Capital of Culture is assigned to a city for one year during which a city organises a series of cultural events with a strong emphasis on Europe, promoting cultural diversity and common features of our European Heritage. Ireland is eligible to host the European Capital of Culture in the year 2020 and World Cafe is part of Limericks bid for 2020.
The Limerick Cultural strategy World Cafe was hosted in partnership with Dance Limerick. The public meeting was an afternoon full of creativity giving people the opportunity to imagine and dream up new ideas for culture in Limerick as part of the Limerick Cultural strategy. The afternoon saw people gather at large tables to share and discuss new ideas. The main focus was on generating new ideas through innovation and creative thinking methods. From their discussions one group of people thought the sports sector benefited more than culture and made a point that culture needs more sponsorship. In response to that, after much discussion, another group pointed out the cultural potential Limerick has.
The development of the Limerick Cultural strategy is being led by the Limerick Arts Office and the Limerick 2020 team on behalf of it’s partners Limerick City and County Council. Following the adoption of the cultural strategy by Limerick City and County Council, it will be lead by the council and benefit communities and cultural organisations across the region. The meeting proved to be a huge success and everyone got involved sharing their ideas to help Limerick’s culture grow.
You can download the strategy here
Read more on the I Love Limerick site here