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Birmingham Wins a Place on the Shortlist for UK City of Culture 2013

Subscribe to RSS RSSThursday, 25th February, 2010

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has today revealed that Birmingham has successfully made the shortlist for the first UK City of Culture title in 2013.

The bid, developed by the Birmingham Cultural Partnership (BCP), is set within the theme of Big City Culture reflecting Birmingham’s status as a global city with a world class programme of cultural activities, with a rich and diverse local heart established within its communities.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Chairman of the BCP, said in response to the news, “To have got so far against tough opposition from across the UK is a fantastic boost for Birmingham.  But this is just the first stage and we’re not getting carried away.

“There’s a lot of hard work ahead and now we want people across the city to play a part as we put together the final bid that will mean Birmingham is named the UK’s first ever City of Culture.”

Leader of the Council, Councillor Mike Whitby said, “To be named UK City of Culture would represent a massive economic boost, not only for Birmingham but for the region as a whole.

“This title is worth an estimated £200 million to the regional economy and would create thousands of jobs whilst offering us the chance to showcase Birmingham as a global cultural centre.

“Birmingham already has a strong cultural reputation and this title would further enhance that reputation while supporting our long term drive to increase cultural participation across the city.”

Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome added, “This is fantastic news for culture in the city and I know that all our cultural organisations are supporting the bid and are right behind this whole process.  Making the shortlist will give us great impetus to really pull out all the stops and win the title in the summer. Winning will be such a huge boost for us in terms of profiling are offer both inside and outside the city and have an immense impact on the opportunities for all arts and cultural organisations across Birmingham.”

The list of fourteen bidders has now been whittled down to just 4 by an independent panel, who assessed applications against a set of criteria such as the quality of the programme and its ability to reach a wide range of people; the use of culture to lead to lasting social regeneration; being able to demonstrable an economical impact and the creation of a legacy beyond 2013.

The last stage of the bidding process now begins with final bids to be submitted to DCMS at the end of May.  The winning city will be announced during the summer.