Celebrations are in full swing in Hull
Hull has been named the UK’s next City of Culture, beating Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay to the right to hold the title in 2017.
Hull, known for being the home of poet Philip Larkin, the Ferens gallery and the Hull Truck theatre, will follow the 2013 City of Culture, Londonderry.
The UK government chooses a new destination every four years, with the aim of helping tourism and the economy.
Hull council leader Stephen Brady said winning was “a real game-changer”.
My guess is that the city will put on a great show.
This will give Hull a platform to tell the world what this great city has to offer, and accelerate our journey to make Hull a prime visitor destination.”
TV producer Phil Redmond, who chaired the City of Culture panel, said Hull was the unanimous choice because it put forward “the most compelling case based on its theme as ‘a city coming out of the shadows’”.
“This is at the heart of their project and reminds both its people and the wider world of both its cultural past and future potential,” he said.
Hull has been announced as the winner of the UK’s City of Culture 2017!
The announcement follows almost a year of hard work from people and organisations across Hull in putting together a powerful bid.
Hull’s bid demonstrated how much the city wanted, needed and was ready to deliver the UK City of Culture 2017 title. The city will now deliver a spectacular programme for 2017 that will deliver artistic excellence and events on scale never seen before in the city – and will entice visitors from the whole of the UK and beyond. Inspired by Larkin’s poem ‘Days’ the ambition is for each day of Hull 2017 to make a difference to a life in the city, the UK and the world.
For further details on Hull’s UK City of Culture programme and how to get involved people can visit www.hullcc.gov.uk/2017Hull, follow via Twitter @2017Hull or like the Hull City of Culture Facebook page.
WELL DONE HULL AND GOOD LUCK FOR 2017