Three Sisters 2020 bid. Schoolchildren Caitlín Laffan, 11, Scoil Eoin Baiste Wexford, and Orla Murphy, 11, Scoil Mhólainge Listerlin, Kilkenny and Lily Haran, 7, Gaelscoil Phort Lairge Waterford who are taking part in the Three Sisters school’s competition as part of the region’s bid to win the European Capital of Culture 2020. Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford have come together in a unique regional partnership called Three Sisters to win the title. Wexford born comic book writer/artist and Marvel illustrator Nick Roche joined the children to officially launch the competition. Picture: Patrick Browne
Primary and secondary school students take part in ‘re-imagining the region’ competition
Children and teenagers in Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny are taking part in the Three Sisters schools’ competition as part of the region’s bid to win the European Capital of Culture 2020. Primary and secondary school students are being asked to ‘Re-Imagine the Region’ through drawing and creative writing. The winning visions for the region’s future will be included in the final submission to the European Capital of Culture jury.
Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny have come together in a unique regional partnership called the Three Sisters. It’s the first time in the history of the European Capital of Culture that three urban areas have joined together in an effort to win the prestigious title.
283 schools across the three regions have received the competition packs and all are being encouraged to show their support for the bid by participating. The initiative is being officially launched today by Wexford-born artist and Marvel comic-book illustrator Nick Roche.
The European Capital of Culture jury members will visit the Three Sisters in July 2016 for one day. They will also visit the other competing cities, Galway and Limerick, and will make their final decision on the winning city before the end of July.
Speaking about the school’s competition, Three Sisters Bid Director Michael Quinn said “This is a fantastic opportunity for primary and secondary school students to help us win the European Capital of Culture 2020. By taking part in the competition, they are lending their voice and their vision to this unique bid for the title. If we are successful, there will be a far-reaching and lasting impact on the future lives of these children – who can look forward to living in a re-generated and re-invigorated region.”
There are a number of different categories in the primary school competition. There is a colouring and hand-writing category for younger students and creative writing for older students – who being asked for an idea on how to celebrate living in the region. Secondary school students are being asked to create an event or programme idea for the lead-up to the jury’s visit.
The closing date for entries is April 29th and there will be prizes for the three winners of each category.
For more information visit www.threesisters2020.ie.
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