Belfast City and Derry City and Strabane District Councils mark their joint bid for 2023 European Capital of Culture in Brussels

The logo for the bid in pink, purple, white and yellow with the words 'We Are 2023 European Capital of Culture Candidate'

Belfast City Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council held a reception in ONIEB on Tuesday 10th October, to mark their joint bid for to be named European Capital of Culture in 2023.

The Council Chief Executives, Suzanne Wylie and John Kelpie,  welcomed over 70 European officials, regional delegations, MPs and MEPs to enjoy a night  showcasing the culture of both cities, to demonstrate a little of what they can offer as joint European Capital of Culture. Attendees were treated to regional food and drink, along with a spectacular performance by Grammy- nominated singer Máiréad Carlin and a reading of award-winning writer Glenn Patterson’s work by Stephen Douds, Vice-Chair of the Lyric Theatre.

The WeAre2023 team submitted their bid on Friday 27th October.  The next step is a   presentation to a 10-strong expert judging panel at the end of November.

If you would like to find out more information about  ‘We Are 2023’ , you can do so via the WeAre2023 website or keep up to date with their work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Suzanne Wylie standing at a podium addressing the guests

Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive of Belfast City Council, introduces the ‘WeAre2023’ joint Belfast-Derry European Capital of Culture bid.

Máiréad Carlin holding a microphone whilst singing

Grammy nominee singer Máiréad Carlin wows the Brussels audience with a spectacular performance of ‘Danny Boy’

A picture of those in attendance listening to the Stephen Douds

Guests enjoy a reading of award-winning writer Glenn Patterson’s work by Stephen Douds, Vice-Chair of the Lyric Theatre

 

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