Limerick 2020

The Process of Making Limerick Capital of Culture 2020

Our bid for European Capital of Culture is about reimagining Limerick. The culture of a city does not have a beginning or an end. It is a continuous elaboration, retrenchment, expansion and consolidation. Limerick and its people are on a pathway of change, development, regeneration and engagement. Limerick is connecting with its people and its rich culture to imagine its future and is emerging from a quiet minute into a new dawn.​ Join us on this wonderful journey.

What is European City of Culture?

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.

The European Capital of Culture initiative is one of the most prestigious and visible European cultural awards in the EU, and is awarded on the strength of an exceptional programme of events to a city, that is both local and European. It’s also awarded on the strength of co-operation shown locally in the field of culture that helps promotes a lasting dialogue at European level.

Why is Limerick bidding?

Limerick is on a path of change and regeneration. 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.

The bid process is all about widening access and participation in culture, strengthening the capacity of our cultural sector and raising our European and international profile as a result.

When is the Limerick bid taking place?

In November 2015 Limerick was announced as one of the three shortlisted cities competing to become European Capital of Culture 2020.

Galway and the Three Sisters (Waterford, Kilkenny & Wexford) were also shortlisted to proceed to the next stage of selection.

The 2020 winning cities, one from Ireland and one from Croatia, will take the title for a year and receive a prize of €1.5 million.

Important Dates for Limerick:

  • 17th June – Submit the second bid book
  • 12th July – Jury visit to Limerick
  • 14th July – Present to the Jury in Dublin
  • 15th July – Find out if we have the designation!!

Join the Bid!

This summer the team supporting Limerick’s bid for the designation of European Capital of Culture 2020 will be asking you, the broader Limerick Community to engage, to discuss and, we will listen to your vision for 2020. In partnership with community groups and cultural practitioners, we will help develop and coordinate a series of small-scale cultural events and ‘Have Your Say meetings’ to find help inform the set of values and priorities which will underpin Limerick’s bid. These activities will take place across Limerick city and county and will be free and open to anyone who wants to participate.

Culture House
2 Pery Square

Phone: +353 61 525031