A nationwide contest to find the UK’s next City of Culture was launched today by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.
The competition, that comes in the same week that Derry-Londonderry officially kicks off its year as the first ever UK City of Culture, is designed to use culture and creativity as a catalyst to transform communities, as well as showcasing artistic talent.
Ed Vaizey said:
“The UK City of Culture is a prestigious title that is a vehicle for encouraging economic growth along with highlighting the very best of the country’s cultural talent.
“Derry-Londonderry are already making the most of the opportunities being UK City of Culture brings and I would urge other local authorities and partnerships across the length and breadth of the UK to consider putting themselves forward.”
Those interested in submitting bids to be UK City of Culture 2017 are invited to register with DCMS by the end of February. Bids for the 2017 competition must be received by the end of April after which they will be assessed by an Independent Advisory Panel with the aim of announcing a shortlist in June.
Phil Redmond, Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel said:
“The success of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture and the excitement of Derry-Londonderry’s year as the first UK City of Culture show that this programme really can act as a catalyst for change. We want to see bids that are distinctive, ambitious, and represent their local area. As well as demonstrating cultural excellence, the panel and I want to see partnerships with innovation that will engage a huge range of audiences. And above all we need to see plans that are realistic and deliverable.”
It’s hoped the announcement of who has won will be made in Derry-Londonderry in November this year.