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Welcome to the Dublin’s Culture Connects Blog!

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Over the coming weeks, you’ll be hearing about what’s been happening in Dublin since the Euro-pean Capital of Culture Bid back in 2014 & 2015.

Dublin may not have been successful in going forward to being named the European Capital of Culture for 2020 (congratulations Galway!), but that hasn’t dimmed the energy for Team Dublin. The ambitions expressed in and for the creation of the Bid Book have continued to drive momentum.

The Bid process involved engagement with communities across Dublin, and the discussions have continued to inform plans for a positive legacy to the process, to embrace the broad aims set down. Since early 2016 over 120 Community Groups from across the city have met for teas & chats, to understand their interests and concerns.

Dublin recognises the role that culture has in all aspects of city life, including the economy, educa-tion, tourism and community.

Over the coming weeks and months you’ll be updated on a series of exciting pilot projects which are ambitious in seeking social changes through culture, new relationships and partnerships.

But, excitingly, the ECOC has continued to engage with Dublin and is championing the work being done to develop Best Practice to retain the energy and civic engagement that comes from bidding to be a European Capital of Culture.

Watch this space!

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