Perth launches 2021 bid

Perth has become the latest city to officially launch its bid to be a UK City of Culture 2021

The bid is built around a community-based programme linked to the themes of rural, river connections and light.

New projects city include an attempt to have the Stone of Destiny displayed in the city, a digital tapestry and a young heritage ambassadors programme.

The three strands of the bid aim to reflect "a great, green city, celebrating Perth's place at the heart of a rural community" says Perth and Kinross Council.

It will highlight "the city's role as a meeting place and melting pot, as well as the rivers that link the area together and a city of light, drawing on the city's heritage as a catalyst for creativity and ideas".

Provost Liz Grant said: "We have such a fantastic wealth of culture and heritage here. I can't wait to showcase it to the world. The bid will allow us to cultivate new talent and make the area a place where artists, creative industries and business innovation can flourish.

"The community is also being asked to get involved in a project to celebrate and record the experiences of the area's rural, dispersed and migrant communities.

Charles Kinnoull, chairman of Culture Perth and Kinross, offered his full support for the bid.

He said: "This is a great opportunity to showcase and further amplify the unique character and culture of the region to both existing and new audiences.

Magnus Linklater, chairman of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said: "With two world-class venues in the heart of the city, Horsecross Arts is proud to be a part of Perth and Kinross's special and distinctive cultural landscape.

"Perth Concert Hall just celebrated its 10th anniversary and Perth Theatre will reopen in 2017 following restoration and redevelopment.

Other cities which have already launched bids for the 2021 title include Paisley, Stoke and Coventry. Cardiff and Milton Keynes may also bid for the title,  which will be decided next year.

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