City of Culture bid confirmed

By on 15/07/2009 in News

Birmingham City Council today confirmed plans to bid for the title of the UK's first City of Culture in 2013.

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw launched a UK-wide competition on Monday, looking to build on the success of the European Capital of Culture event in Liverpool last year.

And Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sports and Culture, is confident Birmingham has what it takes to secure the prestigious title.

He said: “We are certainly going to bid for this and I firmly believe we have what it takes to be the UK's first City of Culture.

“We already have an exceptional cultural offer here in Birmingham and this is an exciting opportunity to set a new, even higher, standard, benefiting a population that is amongst the youngest and most diverse in the country.

“Culture is not just a luxury on the fringes of everyday life. The art and culture of a city can play a major role in driving regeneration - look at Liverpool's experience as European Capital of Culture.

“So, following the announcement from DCMS, we will be working together with our partners in the cultural, private and public sectors to explore a bid.

“So I'm happy to confirm we will be working together with our partners in the cultural, private and public sectors and I am confident we can put together a fantastic package that will make us a strong contender for the title.”

City of Culture bid

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