Despite missing out on becoming the UK City of Culture 2017, Leicester will still provide people with the highlights of its bid from 2014.
The city lost out to Hull, when the decision was announced this morning by judges from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Leicester’s bid, entitled ‘Illuminating Culture’, was put together by a consortium of business, arts, university and media representatives, chaired by City Mayor, Peter Soulsby.
The Mayor has announced that although Leicester will not become the City of Culture 2017, the best ideas in the bid will take place as part of an 18-month events programme beginning next summer.
– Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester
Obviously we are all very disappointed but we recognise that the judges had to consider which of the bidding cities most needed this shot in the arm.
Our bid was the result of a tremendous amount of effort from a great many people, and the support we have had from all over the city and county has been phenomenal.
So much hard work and energy has gone into this process, and we must now continue with the momentum and fantastic ideas this has generated.
We will be starting by bringing forward some of the highlights of our bid, and celebrating the city’s culture in a way that is bigger and better than anything we have done before, with an exciting and ambitious new programme of events in 2014/15.
We owe it to the people of Leicester and all of those who have supported us to put resources and energy into a programme that shows-off Leicester as the centre of culture we all know it is. We do not now have to wait until 2017 to do that.