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Sunderland on City of Culture Shortlist

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10:30pm 14th July 2017

Sunderland is celebrating after taking a huge step forward in its bid to become the next UK City of Culture 2021, making it through to the next stage of the competition.

Sunderland has made it to the final five in the hotly-contested competition and will now battle it out against other shortlisted cities Swansea, Paisley, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent. The bid, which was submitted at the end of April, was assessed by judges from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and they announced this morning, that the city had made it to the final stage. 

The team is now working on Sunderland’s second stage bid, which will be submitted in September, before the overall winner is announced in December.


The announcement comes following a meeting of the independent advisory panel chaired by Phil Redmond. Of the eleven towns and cities that registered bids for UK City of Culture 2021, five have been shortlisted for the prestigious award.

From wrapping taxis and buses, to constructing full hundred metre tall bridges, Sunderland has been booming with culture lately.

This year alone has been one of great progress in the region.

Rebecca Ball is the Director of the Sunderland 2021bid team and is overjoyed with making it this far;-


In December 2017, either Sunderland, Coventry, Paisley, Stoke or Swansea will be named the third UK City of Culture, following in the footsteps of Derry-Londonderry and Hull.

 

 

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CELEBRATING … Left to right, Kristian Foreman from Sunderland’s 2021 City of Culture team, Keith Merrin, Chief Executive of Sunderland Culture, and Rebecca Ball, Director of Sunderland’s 2021 City of Culture bid

 


Hull is the current City of Culture and its programme includes 365 days of cultural events. It is estimated that City of Culture has brought a boost of £60 million to the local economy in 2017. Nine out of 10 residents have attended, or taken part in, an event as part of Hull 2017 and the city has seen over £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013. The winner of UK City of Culture 2021 will also have access to a £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism said:

“We have received strong bids from across the UK and now have a fantastic shortlist of five that reflect the diversity and cultural ambition of our towns and cities.

“I want to congratulate all eleven bids which offered brilliant examples of how to celebrate their own unique culture and heritage, and showed just how prestigious and coveted the UK City of Culture is.

“The strength of the competition showed us how valuable our cultural assets are to our towns, boosting tourism and jobs in local communities. I have seen first hand how Hull has embraced its status as City of Culture 2017, and how beneficial it has been for the area. I am looking forward to seeing what will come in 2021.”

The unsuccessful areas will each receive detailed feedback on their bids. Ministers and officials will also engage with them on how best they could realise their ambitions for widespread recognition for their cultural offer.

 

 

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