Plymouth rules out 2021 culture bid

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Plymouth has ruled out a bid for the tile of UK City of Culture in 2021.

Plymouth Culture Board executive director Dom Jinks said a bid would clash with efforts to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower 2020.

But there could be a bid for the 2025 UK title, and possibly the European Capital of Culture honour in 2023, when the UK will be one of the host nations of the annual cultural honour.

Plymouth entered the race to be City of Culture 2017, which has been awarded to Hull, but failed to make the shortlist.

Jinks told the Plymouth Herald that the Mayflower celebrations would take up the city’s effort and resources.

Jinks said that if the city does decide to go for 2023 or 2025, it will take a year of discussions so that a well-planned bid could be mounted.

"There is a discussion around resources. The UK and European culture titles would be a boost to the economy but they would still need to be resourced just to enter. But if the people of the city are behind that, it will make it a much more compelling option.”

Despite not being named UK City of Culture 2017, cultural growth of Plymouth had not been hampered. There had been major investment in projects such as Ocean Studios, Devonport Guildhall and the forthcoming £21m Plymouth History Centre and a growing number of arts-based event. “There is a clear trajectory of cultural development,” he said.

Jinks, who was previously head of arts and culture at Exeter University leads a Culture Board which contains representatives from businesses, the cultural industries, educational organisations and Plymouth City Council.


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