News from Aberdeen’s bid to be UK City of Culture

April 5, 2013

There are now only 26 days until we hand our initial bid to be UK City of Culture 2017 in to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

We’re hard at work honing the central themes of our bid and getting the first draft in to a presentable shape.

Here’s the latest news from bid HQ…

City of Culture Hackathon


We are hosting a Cultural Hackathon at Seventeen over the first weekend in May.


The hackathon will see computer programmers brought together with artists, musicians, designers and writers in a competition to create something around one of the key themes of the UK City of Culture bid.

We will release full details of our themes on the day of the bid submission.


We have no idea what will be created.  Previous hackathons have resulted in new apps, new software and new ways of doing things on the web.

This is the first cultural hackathon we’ve had in Aberdeen and we’re looking for some creative people willing to spend a weekend in Seventeen experimenting away.

We’ll provide refreshments, internet access and some top class prizes.


Programmers, writers, poets, designers or artists who might be interested in working on the hackathon should contact us at

via Hackathon, Photographs and Recruitment – News from Aberdeen’s bid to be UK City of Culture.


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