Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

DCMS gives the green light to City of Culture 2021

Steve Wilson has asked that you consider writing an email of support for the City of Culture Bid to either  Lucy Hodgson, portfolio holder for arts and culture or Simon Geraghty, leader of Worcester City Council. Their emails are: lhodgson@worcestershire.gov.uk and simon.geraghty@worcester.gov.uk

Suggestion below of what you might want to write:

Dear Councillor Hodgson or Geraghty

I understand that Worcester is considering a bid to the City of Culture programme for 2021. I am excited that at this time of challenging financial times the city is considering placing culture at the heart of its programme for making Worcester a world class city to visit. I would wholeheartedly support any bid and would like to be kept involved in any further work.

Yours sincerely



DCMS gives the green light to City of Culture 2021

The DCMS has agreed to progress with the UK City of Culture 2021 competition, following a consultation that asked whether it should be delayed, given that the European Capital of Culture competition will be hosted by the UK in 2023. The decision means that between 2017 and 2023 the UK will have three ‘cities of culture’. The competition will continue to be run by the DCMS after suggestions to outsource its management were criticised. The DCMS has committed to assessing whether it can do more to support the programme, particularly in the area of research – building on and disseminating information about the impact of the programme.

The bidding processes for UK City of Culture 2021 and European Capital of Culture 2023 will both take place in 2017. The consultation asked whether bidding for the UK competition should be brought forward to 2016, but respondents felt this would deny cities sufficient time to prepare and would risk clashes with elections in the devolved administrations. Most respondents were in agreement that the UK and European programmes are very different competitions – in scale and ambition, aims and criteria – and that cities are unlikely to want to bid for both.
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Stephen Wilson

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