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3 Irish cities shortlisted for the title of European Capital of Culture 2020


Press Release by the European Commission:

Galway, Limerick, and Waterford for the Three Sisters have been shortlisted today in the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2020. Strange is that out of four candidate cities, three were selected. The logic of that needs some explanation. It seems as if the creative process which accompanies this hope to receive the designation of the title should be kept up as long as possible.

This is said because the recommendation was done by a panel of independent experts evaluating applications from 4 competing Irish cities at the outcome of a 2-day meeting in Dublin.

Once this recommendation has been confirmed by Ireland, the shortlisted cities have until mid-2016 to complete their applications. The panel will then meet again in Dublin during the second half of 2016 to recommend which Irish city will be the European Capital of Culture 2020.

The panel consisted of ten experts nominated by different EU bodies:


For further information about the short-listed cities, Galway , Limerick , and Waterford for the Three Sisters see their respective campaign sites.

In 2020, Ireland will host the European Capital of Culture for the third time, after Dublin in 1991 and Cork in 2005.

The European Commission notes further that "being shortlisted for the title can result in significant cultural, economic and social benefits for the cities concerned, provided that their bid is part of a longer-term culture-led development strategy."

Ireland and Croatia are the EU countries hosting the event in 2020. The pre-selection round in Croatia took place in May 2015 and four cities were shortlisted (Dubrovnik, Osijek, Pula and Rijeka). The final selection in Croatia will take place in March 2016.


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