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Hull has been named the next UK City of Culture

  • Date: 20 November 2013
  • Area: National
Freedom Festival, Hull

Freedom Festival, Hull. Credit: Neil Holmes

Congratulations to Hull, which has been named the next UK City of Culture, and will take over the title in 2017. The other shortlisted cities were Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair Arts Council England, said:
‘I’m delighted that the UK City of Culture 2017 has been awarded to Hull. I recently visited the successful city and was really impressed by the cultural scene, partnership working and sheer ambition of the city.

‘This title, and the recognition it brings with it, will open up Hull’s opportunities, not just to apply for an Arts Council grant of up to £3 million but to capitalise on the chance to attract inward investment from a range of sources. UK City of Culture status will provide a national and international platform for Hull to showcase their arts and cultural activities offer, enabling them to increase cultural tourism and attract a host of new visitors to the city. I’m really looking forward to seeing their plans develop as we approach 2017.

‘It is of course very disappointing for Leicester not to have been awarded the UK City of Culture title 2017. On a recent visit to Leicester, I was struck by the wide range of arts and culture accessible in the city. From discussing the bid with the team there, I know they have been working on some very exciting plans and we are now keen to look at some of these developments and to consider what support might be available to them. The team in Leicester has already formed a shared ambition and connection with interested arts and cultural partners, which is to be highly commended and can be passed on to future bids for coming years.’

During Peter’s recent visit to Hull, he visited a range arts and cultural organisations across the city, including:

Centre for Digital Innovation
Ferens Art Gallery
Freedom Festival
Fruitmarket development
Hull History Centre
Hull Truck Theatre
J Night

He also attended an evening reception and Slipstream Projection screening. Slipstream is a new sculpture by Richard Wilson. It was commissioned by BAA/Heathrow and will be sited in the new terminal when it opens next year. It was produced by Future City and fabricated in Hull by CSI Hull. Details of the project can be found on Future City's website.

Links and further information 

Read more about the UK City of Culture programme

Find out more about Hull's bid on the Hull City Council website

Watch the film of Walk the Plank's The Return of Colmcille during the City of Culture activities in Derry in 2013.

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