THE competition is hotting up for cities hoping to be named the UK City of Culture 2021.
The reigning City of Culture for 2017 is Hull.
The eleven cities who have put their hat in the ring so far are:
— Perth is the Place (@Perth2021) March 1, 2017
— Paisley 2021 (@Paisley2021) March 2, 2017
— SOTCulture (@SOTCulture) January 30, 2017
— Sunderland Culture (@SundCulture) October 26, 2016
— Coventry City of Culture 2021 (@Coventry2021) March 2, 2017
One of our favourite quotes:“Hereford has a great story to tell.The bid gives us a chance to show the rest of the country what it’s missing”
— HerefordshireCulturalPartnership (@Hereford2021) February 22, 2017
— Warrington Guardian (@warringtonnews) January 25, 2017
— South Coast Creative (@SCCreative_PR) March 2, 2017
Very exciting that Wells is bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 – one of the UK's finest and most beautiful cities. We love it! pic.twitter.com/rdWBysF7Nq
— Ben McGrail (@Ben_McGrail) March 2, 2017
— Swansea Council (@SwanseaCouncil) February 27, 2017
News: Smallest city in Britain launches bid for UK City of Culture 2021 https://t.co/HaoGzidZ9L
— PembrokeshireCC (@Pembrokeshire) March 2, 2017
The Heritage Lottery Fund announced it was committing £3 million to each successful bidder from 2021 onwards to boost local heritage.
Hull’s City of Culture year, which kicked off with a massive fireworks display on January 1, is forecast to deliver a £60 million boost to the local economy. And the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. said the city has also benefited from £1 billion in investment since winning the title in 2013.
Culture minister Matt Hancock said: “UK City of Culture is a fantastic opportunity for towns and cities to celebrate their creativity and use culture as a catalyst for economic growth.
“I am delighted to see so many bids from across the country, showing how many areas recognise the important role culture can play in the development and regeneration of communities.”
Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “This list shows there is clearly a great deal of enthusiasm among the UK’s cities for celebrating their unique culture.”
The field of 11 contenders will be whittled down to a shortlist in the summer.
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