Hull named UK City of Culture 2017

Hull has beaten off competition from Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay to be named the UK’s next City of Culture for 2017.

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said winning the title is “a real game-changer for Hull”.

“It will give Hull a platform to tell the world what this great city has to offer, transform perceptions and accelerate our journey to make Hull a prime visitor destination,” he said.

TV Producer Phil Redmond, who chaired the City of Culture panel, said Hull was the unanimous choice because it put forward “the most compelling case based on its theme as ’a city coming out of the shadows’.”

“This is at the heart of its project and reminds both its people and the wider world of both its cultural past and future potential,” Redmond said.

Liz Neal, Business Tourism Officer at Hull & East Yorkshire Conferences, told CN: “We are delighted that Hull has been awarded City of Culture 2017. This will give the city’s conference business a real boost. We have attracted several conferences with a cultural element recently and are already working on bringing more to the area and look forward to welcoming those delegates to the City of Culture.”

Hull City Council said it expects events to bring a £60m boost to the local economy in 2017 alone. The title is also anticipated to leave a lasting legacy creating a more vibrant, sustainable cultural sector, improved quality of life for local people and increased access to tourism and cultural sector jobs.

Hull follows the 2013 City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry. During Derry-Londonderry’s City of Culture stint, it ran a busy programme of over 200 major festivals and events, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Ballet, BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend, the Turner Prize and its closing event, the Lumiere Light Festival.

Hull’s 2017 programme will follow a number of themes to celebrate the city including Roots and Routes, Made in Hull, Freedom and Quirky. The proposed programme will include 15 national and international commissions; 12 artists’ residencies; 25 festivals; eight major community participation projects; a programme of conferences and major broadcasting events; plus programming activity across 365 days with an estimated 1,500 special events.

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