#LimerickCityofCulture 2014 and Limerick 2030

The #LimerickCityOfCulture project and its tempestuous relationship with its citizens seems to have calmed, if only until the jetstream of public opinion regenerates its energy. In the wake of recent controversy regarding the roll-out of the project, the eerie silence from the Project Team (in terms of communicating out the current project status) is just a small bit worrying don’t you think?

Has the Project Team learnt anything at all during the last few weeks? You see, apart from a brief upload to the Vimeo website yesterday where Mr. Fitzpatrick tells us to ‘keep up-to-date’, we really have seen very little about The Plan. Yes, we’ve seen some “what’s-on-this-week” type information but what about The Plan?

Limerick 2030 would like answers to three simple questions:

 

Will you publish our Limerick City of Culture Project Charter?

Will you publish our Cost/Benefit analysis document?

Will you publish our Project Schedule and our Roles and Responsibilities matrix?

Without these fundamental documents, we fear that the governance for the project is flawed. If the governance is flawed, then we have little hope of the project being delivered successfully. Of course, the word ‘successfully’ is in itself is a fuzzy term, given that we are not aware of what the criteria for success are. This leads us to another topic in a similar vein. What are the success criteria for this project?

Without knowing what to measure, record and track in terms of the Project outcomes, how do we say whether the project is a success or not? Well we hate to say it but,

It’s just not possible!

But wait, maybe the media and quasi-informed-political-opinions could be the determining factor when it comes to measuring this Project’s success. Do we really want our City of Culture year to be measured by opinion, or would we prefer it to be measured by fact? In summary, we believe that we need to ask more from the Project Team behind this initiative, so that we can be reassured that they are going about the project delivery and measurement, in a professional manner. Indeed we hope and pray that the Limerick 2030 project does not see the issues that this project has had to-date.

Will you join us in our quest for the 3 documents above? Spread the word ár gcairde.

Is mise le meas,

Limerick 2030 (not)

Here's a pic of a cute dog, just to take your mind off things.
Here’s a pic of a cute dog, just to take your mind off things.

An Open Letter from Richie Ryan, to the Chairman of The Limerick City of Culture 2014 #TheRealLimerickCityOfCulture

6 January 2014

Dear Mr. Chairman,

I would like to offer my expertise and experience to the Limerick City of Culture Board as interim Artistic Director on a voluntary / Pro Bono basis until the newly configured Board of Directors appoint a suitable Artistic Director through due diligence. This is being offered to get the programme back on track and to reassure the artistic community continuity as a matter of urgency.

If the Limerick City of Culture Board accept my offer the first thing I will do is organise a massive all inclusive Limerick Creative SHOWCASE for late January to take place in the City centre, inclusive of all the artistic disciplines within the city, to reclaim the rightful honour that is National City of Culture 2014.

The Second thing I will do will be to invite previous City of Culture programmers Maeve McGrath and Joe Mangan to re-join the team for the sake of clarity and continuity in the programming.

The third thing I will do is to commit fully to get on with the job at hand, which is to consolidate and confirm the immediate programme of events and build trust in the community around ‘city of culture’.

I am confident that I have the full support of all the Local Arts Practitioners, professional and voluntary and the citizens of Limerick to do the job to the best of my ability with their assistance and commitment.

This would only be an interim solution giving the newly configured Board the necessary time and space to appoint a suitable replacement Artistic Director in due course.

Richie Ryan.

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Is mise le meas,
#Limerick2030

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Listen to the Emergency Meeting re. the City of Culture 2014 here. (from 3rd Jan 2013)

For those who could not attend, click on the big speaker icon below to listen to the ‘audio’ from tonight’s meeting in the Clarion Hotel in Limerick.

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Big shout out to Eireleaks for getting the original audio.

Have a Good New Year Limerick.

Is Mise le Meas,
Limerick 2030 Team (not)