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.
Hull was selected as UK City of Culture 2017 from a shortlist of 4 cities, which were:
- Swansea Bay
The following places submitted an initial bid but did not reach the shortlist:
|East Kent||Hastings and Bexhill on Sea|
|Plymouth||Portsmouth and Southampton|
|Southend on Sea|
Theassessed 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: