Award-winning Irish musician Damien Dempsey has joined the campaign for Dublin2020 and will show his support by recording the video to his new song across the city.
Dempsey will perform his new song and film the video on Friday June 12 at Dublin locations ranging from WB Yeats' cottage in Howth to the Abbey Theatre and Martello Tower at Sandymount, all of which are open to the public (scroll down for full list).
The song features lines from Yeats' poem The Death of Cuchulainn and will be released the following day on Saturday June 13 to coincide with Yeats' 150th birthday.
Damien Dempsey's support is part of an ongoing Dublin2020 campaign which aims to secure Dublin as European Capital of Culture in 2020. Judges will arrive in October to evaluate the city.
In the meantime the Dublin2020 team are asking Dubliners of all age groups and all walks of life to get involved in the conversation - to discuss Dublin, their issues, and their ideas for shaping the future of the city.
If the city is successful, it would result in similar cultural, social and economic benefits to those seen by previous Capitals of Culture in terms of regeneration, raising international profile, and boosting tourism.
"The reason we are bidding for the European Capital of Culture 2020 is to build a new story for Dublin based on shared ideas, inclusion and confidence," said Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Officer.
"Dublin can be a leading city in Europe, and take advantage of its talented young population, to initiate major progress in communities and neighbourhoods during this bid and beyond. Join in. If you are part of the city you are part of the bid.”
Here are the locations at which Damien Dempsey will perform tomorrow (times subject to change)
• 9am: Scoil Bhríde Junior National School, Grange Rd, Donaghmede Dublin 13 (Please note this is not open to the public)
• 10am: Yeats’ Cottage – Balscadden, Howth
• 12noon: outside Dublin Writers Museum 18 Parnell Square
• 1pm: outside The Abbey Theatre
• 3pm: The Martello Tower at Sandymount
Between now and the close of the bid process in October, Dublin2020 team will be reaching out to Dubliners in workshops and focus groups to ensure that as many voices as possible are heard and their ideas added to the bid.
To stay up to date with all of the events, news and ways to share your ideas with Dublin2020’s Bid join the conversation on Twitter: @Dublin2020bid, Facebook: Dublin2020 - European Capital of Culture Candidate City, #Dublin2020 or contact at www.dublin2020.ie/contact