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Carmichael hails Dundee's City of Culture bid

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Scottish Secretary champions Dundee's culture bid.

Dundee has all the traits required to succeed in its bid to become UK City of Culture, the Scottish Secretary said today.

During a visit to the McManus Art Gallery and Museum, the Secretary of State learned more about the work the bid team has done with a variety of partners across Dundee to ensure a strong application was made.

The City of Discovery now has to wait to hear until November 20 to find out if the bid has been successful. Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay are the other UK cities in the running.

Mr Carmichael said:

It was a great pleasure to meet with Dundee’s bid team today. Nobody needs to sell the city’s outstanding traits to me. Dundee has a dramatic waterfront transformation well underway, an iconic V&A museum under construction, a thriving academic and artistic community, pioneers in life sciences and video games and a history to be proud of.

It was my priority to meet with Dundee’s bid team before the announcement is made. What my visit today showed is that this bid for UK City of Culture has generated a great deal of enthusiasm and pride throughout the whole city. I know Dundee has put everything they can into this and I fully support their efforts. Winning the title of 2017 UK City of Culture would be fitting for a city that is well and truly on the up.

The final decision of who will become 2017 UK City of Culture will be taken by an independent advisory panel appointed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.