Stoke-on-Trent loses bid to become UK City of Culture 2021

Angelo Anderson
December 8, 2017

Sunderland has lost its battle to be crowned UK City of Culture 2021. Indeed, it was a fantastic achievement in itself for Scotland's largest town to come so close to becoming City of Culture.

Arts minister John Glen, who announced the victor on 7 December, stated that it had been a close competition, but that the judges were "unanimous" in their decision.

"The bid was part of a bigger plan to use Paisley's unique cultural and heritage assets to make it a key destination for visitors and events while reigniting the creativity spark which is in our DNA - and while winning the bid would have accelerated the journey, that journey will continue".

Mr Glen took to Twitter to say he had been delayed but praised the "magnificent" train staff, adding: "At least I have had time to write all my Christmas cards".

"The city has embraced City of Culture and in doing so has demonstrated how culture, the arts and heritage can bring communities together".

Ms Themen said: 'We're absolutely delighted.

Following the success of Liverpool's time as European Capital of Culture in 2008, and the transformative effect that Glasgow's 1990 title win had on the city, the decision was made to create a title of UK City of Culture every four years.

"Since then businesses, cultural and community groups have thrown their support behind the town's ambitions".


Asked about what was the main factor which sealed it for Coventry, she said: "I think it's our diversity".

He described the award as 'an incredible opportunity for Coventry to boost investment in the local economy, grow tourism and put arts and culture centre stage'.

"More than 34,000 people - equivalent to nearly half of Paisley's population - added their voices and ideas to the town's bid....and our thanks go to every single one of you for an incredible effort and those ideas will still be taken forward".

"We received excellent bids from all the cities and I would like to thank them for their efforts".

"In 2017 I have seen the truly transformative effect this prestigious title has had on Hull". They had to represent their own culture.

Mr Redmond added: "What we wanted was what's going to be the biggest impact for the United Kingdom and which city will push it up a bit, challenge us all a little bit more".

Arts minister John Glen said: "It was a very tight contest with five very compelling bids".

"We are proud to be the only town to ever make the shortlist and by some distance the smallest place to ever get this far in the competition - few places of Paisley's size can claim to have given the world so much over the years, and the town punched above its weight once again".

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