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4. Capacity to deliver Please confirm and supply evidence that you have broad and strong political support and a sustainable commitment from the relevant local, regional and national public authorities.

City council has endorsed the bid. YES WE DO Dublin’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020 is supported by the elected, and the executive branches of Dublin City Council and official decisions are made accordingly.

The idea for Dublin2020 began in early 2013 when several city councillors began raising the idea of a new relationship with Europe through an ECoC bid. These inquiries by councillors reflected the changing strategic position of culture in Dublin. As Dublin searched for ways to escape the economic crisis, it became clear that there was a relationship between cultural programming, economic development, foreign direct investment, and tourism. In addition, Dublin had received significant European funding during the crisis and councillors expressed a real desire to make the city’s relationship with Europe more than just financial.

Through becoming involved in Dublin’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2020, I have focused on the importance of Culture in Dublin and the vital role it plays in all areas of city life. Culture is in everything we do and links into all the city has to offer. Culture makes Dublin the city we love and that in turn leads to social and economic success. Ní mór dúinn uile cultúr a luach agus gan é a chóireáil mar só. Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath, Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh

≥ Dublin2020 workshop at Dublin Zoo.

In the following months, councillors debated the benefits, challenges and complexities of the ECoC bid process for Dublin - a European Capital City at the periphery of the EU. More than ten meetings, of full council or area council, discussed the proposal. Finally, the council decided to create a dedicated team of non-municipality staff to prepare the Dublin2020 bid, under expert guidance. The Dublin2020 bid team is fully supported by the Council’s Executive but has complete freedom in engaging with citizens independently. This reflects the municipality’s understanding that political support is vital but does not imply ownership. The bid must have the cultural and civic autonomy to achieve its goals. Councillors have been impressed by the citizens engagement with the Dublin2020 process, and the way it has raised issues that are important to Dubliners. This has given all sections of the municipality an understanding of the concept of ‘social change through culture’, which is the core concept underpinning Dublin’s bid for European Capital of Culture. The main reporting body in Dublin City Council for the bid process is the Special Policy Committee for Arts, Culture, Community and Recreation. This group is chaired by a City Councillor and made up of councillors and Independent members from across Dublin’s cultural sector. This committee approved the creation of a steering group to help guide the bid. The steering group has more than two hundred members and meets once per month. The Chief Executive of the City Council has met with his counterparts in the three other Dublin Regional Authorities and they have agreed to support a Regional Dublin Bid, should Dublin reaches the second phase. If Dublin2020 is successful, the impact of the ECoC designation could reach 1.4 million people directly. 5.000 citizens will engage directly with the workshop element of consultation and up to 30.000 online. This ground-up approach has captured political attention, and many public representatives, including national representatives, have attended and even hosted workshops to support the bid.

Dublin2020 First Round Bid Book  

Dublin2020 has decided to make available a Summary Edition of the Bid book that it submitted to the E.U. Commission, The Department of Arts,...