Shortlist for Great Exhibition of the North
Bradford, Blackpool, Sheffield and Newcastle in the frame
Four cities have been shortlisted for the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018.
Blackpool, Bradford, Newcastle-Gateshead and Sheffield will all go forward to the next stage and be assessed by the Great Exhibition board, before a final selection is made by Ministers in the autumn.
The two month event, which will showcase creative, cultural and design sectors across the North, was announced by former Chancellor George Osborne last year.
The Government is contributing £5 million towards the exhibition and a further £15 million to a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the North.
The DCMS said strong bids were also received from Halifax, Harrogate, Scunthorpe, St Helens and Whitehaven.
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said:
“The Great Exhibition of the North is a unique opportunity to celebrate the creativity of Northern England and I am thrilled we received so many innovative bids.
“British arts and culture are among the finest in the world. I am determined we democratise the arts and celebrate the best in every part of our nation.
“What’s more, cultural investment can bring enormous benefits for communities - it drives regeneration, promotes tourism and increases life chances.”
Sir Gary Verity, Chair of the Great Exhibition of the North Board, said:
“The quality of all nine submissions was incredibly strong. “I and the Great Exhibition Board are very much looking forward to meeting the teams behind the four shortlisted bids to hear their exciting proposals in person.”