Arts and culture

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UK City of Culture programme

We run the competition for UK City of Culture. This programme, inspired by Liverpool’s time as European Capital of Culture in 2008, uses culture and creativity to transform communities and help grow artistic talent. Winning the title and hosting a year of cultural events will help to:

  • attract more visitors to the city, supporting the local economy
  • increase media interest in the city, helping longer-term tourism
  • bring community members together
  • increase levels of professional artistic collaboration - people working together on creative projects

A study of Liverpool 2008, Impacts ’08 shows the long-term effects of being European Capital of Culture.

Derry-Londonderry was the first UK City of Culture 2013.

2017 competition

Hull was selected as UK City of Culture 2017 from a shortlist of 4 cities, which were:

  • Dundee
  • Hull
  • Leicester
  • Swansea Bay

The following places submitted an initial bid but did not reach the shortlist:

Aberdeen Chester
East Kent Hastings and Bexhill on Sea
Plymouth Portsmouth and Southampton
Southend on Sea  

The UK City of Culture independent advisory panel (MS Word Document, 376KB) assessed all the bids. It selected the shortlist and final winning bid to recommend to ministers.

The timetable, requirements and assessment criteria for UK City of Culture 2017 were set out in the document below:

UK City of Culture guidance, timetable and assessment criteria

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