Your Move


Your Move Our Nation’s Sons by Joe Caslin for Waterford Walls. Photo Tony Quilty

Three Sisters is excited to announce a unique and extremely culturally significant event which will take place this coming Friday, June 17th.  This event is part of the region’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.

‘Your Move’ is a roundtable discussion day, which is aimed at exploring solutions to issues surrounding culture-led development and regeneration for the region. This is a significant debate within cities and has major economic and cultural impact.  It has been an issue of debate within many European Capitals of Culture internationally.

Speakers and participants will discuss best practice in regeneration, both urban and rural, with contributors from home, as well as from Scotland, France, Portugal and England. This dialogue is a hugely significant aspect of the Three Sisters bid to be named the European Capital of Culture 2020. The ECoC programme is the most significant and longest running action of all the European Union’s cultural initiatives.

Commenting on ‘Your Move’, Three Sisters Bid Adviser Karan Thompson said; “This event is particularly significant in that it highlights the commitment of the Three Sisters local authority partners to delivering culture-led social and economic change, by welcoming national and international speakers to discuss real life case studies which have benefitted other cities and regions across Europe.”

The event follows the recent launch of the historic Regional Cultural Strategy, which provides the blueprint for joint culture-led development across the region in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford. The strategy has been adopted by each of the local authorities, and will remain in place until 2025.

Three Sisters Bid Adviser Mary McCarthy added: “This is a significant discussion nationally and internationally. In Ireland it is vital that we consider a sustained cultural regeneration programme which is not necessarily focused only on infrastructure, but also takes heed of work processes and how audiences engage with places and events.”

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will facilitate the forum, along with the Three Sisters Bid team. Co-chairing the event will be Dr Richard Hayes, Head of the School of Humanities at WIT.


Speaking ahead of the workshop, Dr Hayes said “WIT is delighted to participate in this latest event in the Three Sisters bid process. We want to win designation; but we can’t forget that the process of bidding itself throws up important questions for us that are helpful for our future development. WIT’s research community in particular has an important contribution to make in answering them and guiding others at local and regional level.”


A short video about the conclusions of the workshop will be made available on Three Sisters social media and the website in the days after the event. There will also be a paper published that will be made available online to share the learning from the event with everyone across the region.

 Getting involved

The event takes place at WIT School of Architecture, The Granary, Hanover Street, Waterford at 9.30am on Friday 17th June. Places are limited and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to contact to reserve their place.

For more information see Three Sisters would also like to thank Waterford Institute of Technology for hosting and chairing this event.


Some of the international speakers participating include:


Boris Meggiorin is Head of International development at the Cluster Quartier de la Création, Nantes, France. He is responsible for the international relations and lobbying activities of the SAMOA agency, as well as implementing concrete projects to support creative industries in the area.


Rosie Hervey is part of Studio Weave, an award-winning RIBA Chartered Architecture Practice based in London. They are currently working with the community of Callan village.

Suzana Menezes is Head of Division of Culture and Tourism, Municipality S. João da Madeira and cultural manager of Oliva Creative Factory, a hub for creative industries.


Diarmaid Lawlor is Director with Architecture and Design Scotland. He has almost 20 years’ experience helping clients with complex, connected urban policy and investment challenges. He will speak about the World Town Leaders’ Summit in Edinburgh from June 15-16 –a debate on the role of towns in addressing global urban change.