SUnderland 2021 - bid for uk city of culture 2021

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sunderland 2021

now shortlisted for UK City of submission end September...decision day December 2017.


bidding for 2021...

The bidding process for UK City of Culture 2021 has seen a number of cities from around the UK competing to be named the third UK City of Culture, following Derry in 2013 and Hull's brilliant year this year, 2017.

Eleven cities put in a bid for 2021, and five were shortlisted in July 2017 - Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea...and Sunderland. 

The submission for the final bid is 29th September 2018. And the final decision will be announced in Hull in December 2018.

Exciting times for the city that's been my home for the past 26 years, and I'm proud to have contributed to the advisers' group, and to have helped spread the word through What Next? Sunderland. A win would be transformative for the city, but there are great things happening already, and plans for more. 

There's a vibrant DIY scene in Sunderland creating arts and culture, and significant strategic and infrastructure developments. Winning UK City of Culture would just add to this. If you'd like to know more about the bid, or how to support it, visit Sunderland 2021.