Hull doubles culture city funding target

Hull, the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, has almost doubled its funding target of £18m, with £32m secured a week before the year-long programme is announced.


The programne has the support of 22 “Bud Angels” – including Hull City Council with £3.6m – and 61 partners including public bodies, lottery distributors, trusts and foundations, and local and national businesses.


“'We have been blown away by the high levels of support for Hull UK City of Culture” said Martin Green, director of Hull 2017. “This funding has come to the city thanks to investment by the council, as well as the people of Hull who got behind the bid. Without that strong commitment it would not have been possible to raise the funds necessary to deliver the unparalleled programme we are announcing next week.


"It's a massive vote of confidence in Hull and supports the ambition to use culture to transform lives and further raise the city's profile as place to visit, study, invest in and do business with."


Of the budget, 68% is dedicated to public facing activities - programming dozens of cultural events in every corner of the city - with 11% for legacy and contingency.

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