In many respects – with the artistic programme, funding and of course all the organisation that is involved – running a Capital of Culture year is an enormous undertaking. However large our ECOC team might be, for the year to be a success, we need the support of the people who live here. Each individual can make their contribution. Whether an artist with an idea for a project, a company that wants to become a sponsor, an association that wants to get involved or an individual who would like to do their bit and lend a hand – we need help. And we need it now.