Cornwall and Durham longlisted for City of Culture 2025

The government has announced the eight cities and conurbations that will vie to be City of Culture 2025, in succession to Coventry this year.

Not all are cities however, and sifted from a record 20 bids the winner will be chosen from Cornwall, Armagh City-Banbridge-Craigavon, Bradford, County Durham, Derby, Southampton, Stirling and Wrexham, a county borough. 

“The expressions of interest stage was introduced as an opportunity to encourage many more places to experience the benefit of coming together to define and share a cultural vision for their areas, and what the longlist demonstrates is the range and depth of cultural ambition across the whole of the UK” said Phil Redmond, chair of the City of Culture expert advisory panel.

“Also for the first time, each longlisted city will receive financial support to help them develop their vision. Each is different. Each has its own story to tell. All share a common aim: to demonstrate how culture can act as the creative catalyst for change. I am really looking forward to seeing how each story develops.”

Bids were asked to explain how they would use culture to grow and strengthen their local area, as well as how they would use culture to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. For the first time, this year each longlisted place will receive £40,000 to support the development of their promising proposals. 

The winner, following Derry-Londonderry, Hull and Coventry, will be announced next spring. 


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