Aberdeen City Council is set to register its official bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2017.

February 28, 2013

The Council has already allocated money towards the bid and has appointed a bid team to lead the city through the process.

The official registration documents will be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture Media and Sport by today’s deadline [Thurs 28 Feb].

Bid Manager Rita Stephen said:

“Aberdeen wouldn’t have entered the competition unless we thought we had a good chance of winning.  We have the infrastructure in this city capable of putting on an incredible year.  We have amazing artists, writers, musicians, actors, film-makers, craftsmen and craftswomen in this city who all want to be involved.  And we know how to use UK City of Culture to make Aberdeen a more creative and inspiring place.”

Aberdeen Lord Provost, Councillor George Adam said:

“Aberdeen City Council took the decision to bid for UK City of Culture because, quite simply, the arts are worth investing in.  There is an economic argument that shows even a little money generates massive returns.  But, more importantly for us, this is about making the city a better place.

“This is about making sure that people who live and work in Aberdeen have the opportunity to be challenged, stimulated and stirred.   It’s about inspiring the next Michael Clark or the next Emeli Sande as well as encouraging a performer to get up on stage at an open mic night.  It’s about being a creative city.  That’s what we want Aberdeen to be.”

The next step for Aberdeen is to put together a bid outlining what the programme for Aberdeen UK City of Culture would look like, and what the legacy of winning the competition would be.  The city’s programme will be based on consultation with the public, artists, businesses and academia.

The city has already formed a Project Management Board made up of representatives from arts organisations, the city’s two universities, and colleges, tourist organisations, businesses and Aberdeenshire Council.

The DCMS will not confirm which other cities have entered until the shortlist is announced in June.  However Dundee, York, Hull, Plymouth and Leicester are all understood to be going for the title.

The city’s bid has to be submitted by April 30th, with the shortlist being announced in June and the eventual winner being announced in November.

via News | Aberdeen 2017.


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