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.