Last night it was announced that Coventry will host the prestigious title of UK City of Culture 2021.
The decision was made after an independent panel of culture experts, chaired by television producer and screenwriter Phil Redmond, visited each of the five candidate cities before recommending Coventry as the winner.
The bid impressed the judges with its focus on youth, diversity and the scale of impact not only in Coventry but across the UK as a whole.
It is estimated that Hull’s local economy has received a £60 million boost in 2017 and the city has been praised for how it has engaged local residents in the cultural programme. Nine out of 10 residents have attended, or taken part, in a City of Culture event and since it was awarded the title in 2013 it has received more than £3 billion of investment.
Coventry now has three years to prepare its year-long programme of activity for 2021. As part of its status as UK City of Culture 2012, Coventry will be eligible for a £3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Congratulations to Coventry, but also well done to Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea who have been working so hard over the last months, and also produced fantastic bids. We look forward to seeing what all of the shortlisted cities have in store over the coming years.