This coming Friday 16th September is Culture night around the country and we wanted to take the time to let you know about some of the events happening across the Three Sisters region. As always, there is a fantastic variety of events to choose from so wherever you are there’s something for you culture vultures to enjoy!
The Three Sisters 2020 team are taking to the region for three fun filled days over the next month. Our tour kicks off in Waterford this Saturday June 4th, where there will be a festive atmosphere with the Bid team and WLR FM hold a live outside broadcast.
From 1pm to 4pm, WLR FM presenter Geoff Harris will bring an action-packed show to John Roberts Square, as Three Sisters 2020 hosts a day of family fun. It’s the first of three radio events supporting the Three Sisters – made up of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford – as it bids for the title of European Capital of Culture 2020.
Well, it’s been an action-packed week for the Three Sisters team and to ensure your weekend is just as exciting, we’re back with our weekend guide, lovingly created just for you.
With just over seven weeks to go until the European Union’s European Capital of Culture panel makes its final decision, the excitement is building at Three Sisters HQ. In the midst of all our preparations though, we ensured to down tools for a short while to put together some top tips so you can make the most of Three Sisters weekend.
There is a variety of fantastic events for the weekend ahead. You’ll have a chance to sample Polish food and culture, get in touch with your inner artist, and experience what life was like in 1963 ahead of John F. Kennedy’s famous Irish visit.
A Taste of Poland in Gorey: Thousands are expected to turn out for the annual Polske-Eire Festival in Gorey, Co Wexford. The weekend celebration of Polish and Irish culture and communities will begin with a stunning photographic exhibition documenting Poland’s recent history at Gorey Library on Friday May 20th. Movies at Gorey will be the venue for Saturday night’s showing of acclaimed Polish film and Irish premiere of These Daughters of Mine. The highlight of the weekend will be Sunday’s Family Picnic in Gorey Town Park, which will start with a Polish bar-b-que. Not to be missed! You can find out more at http://polskaeirefestival.org/
Let your inner artist free at Kilkenny Castle: The Butler Art Gallery hosts its annual, free National Drawing Day on Saturday 21st in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. This event, which is suitable for all ages, allows everyone to get in touch with their inner artist and take part in one of the many, free drawing and creative activities. Registration takes place at 11.30am at the Parade Tower, where you can pick up your guide to the day and your free T-shirt. Activities will be held inside the castle, as well as in the grounds, so there is no need to worry about grey skies or rain! For more information see http://www.butlergallery.com/programme_events_opportunities/
Go back in time in Waterford: John MacKenna’s celebrated Corner Boys is being staged at the Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford on Friday May 20th at 8pm. The play, directed by Marian Brophy, is set in 1963 when the impending visit of American President John F. Kennedy was the main talking point. Not for the corner boys however, who had different, darker concerns on their minds. The play was first performed to rave reviews 10 years ago. Tickets are €15 and you can get yours before they sell out at http://www.garterlane.ie/event-details.php?id=1531.
There you have it, the perfect recipe for a perfect weekend! Now that we’ve guaranteed you a Three Sisters-tastic time, why not scoot on over to our Facebook or Twitter page and show us the love with #BitForTheBid!
You have probably heard about our very cool Three Sisters school’s competition by now, and due to popular demand we have extended the deadline until Friday May 6th. There are fantastic prizes to be won and categories for all age groups, so why not download the form below and let your creative juices flow!
National school pupils and secondary school students can help the Three Sisters region win the European Union’s European Capital of Culture by taking part in the competition. The European Capital of Culture jury is visiting Three Sisters in early July and will make their final decision on July 15th – so there is no time to waste by showing your support for the bid.
Highlights for the May Newsletter
- General Update
- Community Engagement
- European Connections
- Three Sisters Collaborations
- In the Media
- Upcoming Events
Excellent progress has been made developing our Cultural Programme. We have developed a strong & varied Cultural Programme with input from many stakeholders to present to Europe. We really appreciate the enormous amount of input we have received from everyone right across the region, well done to you all. We will continue to work and fine tune the Bid Book and Cultural Programme over the next few weeks, and we will publish our Bid Book in July so that everyone can see the results of our collective efforts.
The Three Sisters 2020 bid team for European Capital of Culture will be the only Irish representative taking part in an upcoming European study visit. The European Commission initiative, led by Eurocities, will focus on exploring ‘culture for social inclusion’ in Antwerp this week.
The study visit, running from April 25th to April 27th, is part of the Culture for Cities and Regions project. Two candidates will represent the Three Sisters region, the Deputy Mayor of Waterford City and County Council Cllr John O’Leary, and Catherine Power of Waterford Area Partnership. Three Sisters is a unique partnership between Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, bidding to win the European Capital of Culture 2020.
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
We are very excited that our Bid Director Michael Quinn is attending one of the most significant events in the European cultural calendar – the prestigious European Culture Forum in Brussels on 19th and 20th April.
This flagship European Commission event is held once every two years and aims to raise the profile of European cultural cooperation. The Forum is also a fantastic opportunity for discussion and debate on the contribution that culture can make to innovation, jobs and growth and social cohesion.
As part of a Three Sisters 2020 initiative, the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny in conjunction with the Theatre Royal in Waterford is putting on a fantastic experience for their Waterford Friends on Friday the 29th April.
The experience includes:
- Tickets to Brian Friel’s ‘Translations’ in the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny.
Free transfers (coach) from the Theatre Royal, Waterford at 6:30pm to the Watergate Theatre, KIlkenny.
- Complimentary wine/juice reception for the Three Sisters group at 7:30pm before curtain-up at 8pm.
Bus back to Waterford leaving immediately after the show.
To book your place please contact Oren Little in the Theatre Royal on 051-874402.