NI’s Big Hitters Put Their Weight Behind the WeAre2023 Bid

Former world champion boxer Carl Frampton joins the list of notable names helping the European Capital of Culture campaign go the distance

Carl Frampton has become the latest in a host of NI’s biggest cultural names pledging their support for Belfast City and Derry City and Strabane District Council’s WeAre2023 bid to become European Capital of Culture.

The Jackal joins other high profile cultural champions including Liam Neeson, Geraldine Hughes, Bronagh Waugh, the NI football team, Belfast Giants, Ulster Rugby team, John Duddy, Brendan Coyle, Duke Special, Glenn Patterson, Ian McElhinney, Oliver Jeffers, Colin Davidson, Ricky Warwick, Roma Downey, SOAK, Eamonn Holmes, Roy Walker, Ryan Vail, Jake Burns, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Martin Lynch, Terri Hooley, Terry George, Tim Wheeler and Rachel Tucker.

All of the champions’ films completed to date are now available to view at and they’re now asking you to back the bid with just one click.

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Nuala McAllister said: 'We are delighted that our cultural leading lights are backing the bid – and doing it so enthusiastically. Together, we can bring the bid home, so tell your friends, tell your family, tell your neighbours to visit the WeAre2023 website and back the bid!'

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh said: 'We are very fortunate to have a huge diaspora right across the globe. Our people and our culture have had an incredibly positive impact on the world stage, especially given our relatively small geographical size. As Carl Frampton says, we really do punch above our weight in cultural terms.'

To pledge your support for the bid, go to