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European Capital of Culture

European Capital of Culture

We are working with Derry City and Strabane District Council to develop a bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023. The name of this partnership project is We Are 2023.

If we’re successful in this bid, we’ll host a year-long programme of events that will showcase both cities and the region resulting in huge benefits.

Here’s how you can get involved and support the bid.

Pledge your support

We need your help to bring home our bid. Visit the We are 2023 website to back the bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023. 

Complete our survey

Help us make this everyone’s bid and give us your views in this short survey. Your responses will help shape the vision and themes of our bid.

Follow the bid on social media

Use the hashtag

Join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #weare2023

Host your own events

Consider hosting an engagement session for your sector which asks the question how can we put creativity at the heart of business?

Share your activities with us

If you’ve got a positive news story to share about how you’re backing the bid, email the bid team.

Show us your home

Share your image of what home means to you by emailing us or posting it on social media using the hashtag #weare2023

Show your support

Let us know if you want some We Are 2023 collateral. We can provide you with surveys, posters, postcards, posters or even pop-ups.

Editorial opportunities

If you have space in your newsletter or e-zine to spread the word about the bid, email us and we’d be delighted to send you some copy.

Let us piggyback

If you’re hosting any events that we could come along to and set up an information stand, speak to a captive audience or simply engage with people, let us know.

More information

For more information or to find out more about our engagement programme, please contact the Belfast bid team by phone on 028 9050 0543 or by email at hello@weare23023.eu 


Contact us
Belfast bid team
028 9050 0543