Hull’s £250m legacy culture plan
Hull, this year’s UK City of Culture, is to invest £250m to perpetuate its cultural development, with the Culture Company set up to programme the year made permanent.
Plans in the post-2017 programme include a £30m, regional arts and conference centre for audiences of up to 3,500, a £7m refurbishment of Woodford Leisure Centre, a new £27m maritime history attraction, a £130m development of the Albion Square city centre area and a £3m restoration of Pearson Park.
aAnnouncing the cultural legacy plans today Leader of Hull City Council Stephen Brady pledged support for independent arts organisations in the city. In addition to working with Arts Council England to support the city’s five National Portfolio Organisations, Councillor Brady pledged £1m to allow the repurposed Culture Company to continue to deliver world-class cultural programmes in 2018 and beyond.
“Hull’s journey towards City of Culture and the year itself has shown that investing in the arts and culture works. From raising our city’s profile and attracting record numbers of visitors to regenerating our places, improving the opportunities and well-being of residents, inspiring our young people and capturing the spirit of our wonderful volunteers, it’s an investment worth making.”
“2017 has been incredibly successful, but is just the beginning for Hull. Our collective ambition for the future is bigger and bolder and with the whole city working together, as we have done in the build up to and delivery of 2017, we will deliver.”