UK City of Culture Bid
The UK City of Culture Initiative
Following the success of Liverpool's European Capital of Culture Year 2008, the UK Government launched its own City of Culture Award.
Announcing the award, the then Culture Secretary, Ben Bradshaw, said "The UK needs a step change in its cultural life and to engage with the whole country. The idea that we give up on arts and culture in the regions at this very point because of the economic downturn. I think the opposite is what we should be doing. The evidence shows that people want it and need it more"
The first UK City of Culture competition closed in December 2009 with the announcement that Derry/Londonderry would be the UK's first City of Culture in 2013.
Dundee's Decision to Bid
Dundee's decision to bid for UK City of Culture status in 2017 is consistent with its strategies to promote tourism, economic, social and cultural benefits and is consistent with the approach of the Dundee Partnership in relation to the V&A at Dundee.
Dundee already has a strong reputation as a City which has invested in Cultural-led urban renewal. Dundee has developed a long term commitment to Community Engagement and participation in civic affairs which is second to none in Scotland, combined with support for a portfolio of cultural organisations which operate in partnership as strong independent players, contributing both nationally and internationally within their own sectors.
The website, We Dundee, is a way to show the tremendous imagination and enthusiasm of people from all walks of life across the city, and demonstrate the difference that becoming UK City of Culture 2017 could make to us individually and as a city. The site has gained over 2017 reasons from people why we should be considered as the UK City of Culture.
We Dundee is now open for thoughts from people on what you would love to see in Dundee 2017.
Visit www.wedundee.com to read them all and submit your thoughts...