Leicester 'City of Culture' bid

Leicester has lost out in its bid to become UK City of Culture 2017. The announcement that Hull has made the successful bid was made this morning.

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Festival planned as part of Leicester culture bid

The full details of Leicester's bid to become the UK City of Culture for 2017 have been released for the first time this morning.

The programme is set around the theme of "light", and would officially begin in Autumn 2016 with the city's famous Diwali celebrations.

Leicester bids to become next UK City of Culture Credit Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

This would launch a two month festival called "Lights Up Leicester" featuring light sculptures and projections on some of the city's most famous landmarks, culminating in an all-night arts festival in January.

Leicester City Council has committed to underwrite £10 million worth of costs with Leicestershire County Council contributing £2 million, although its expected that private sponsors will also come forward.

The organisers say becoming City of Culture would be worth millions in increased tourism and investment.

A panel of nine judges is currently considering Leicester's bid along with others from Hull, Dundee and Swansea Bay. A decision will be announced next Wednesday.

Leicester's last chance to impress City of Culture judges

Today is the last opportunity for Leicester to impress the judges who will decide the next UK City of Culture.

The team behind Leicester's bid will give their final presentation in Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, which currently holds the title.

Leicester bids to become next UK City of Culture Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

Leicester will find out next Wednesday if it has won. It is up against Dundee, Swansea Bay and Hull.

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Kasabian join support for Leicester's 'City of Culture' bid

Kasabian join the bid celebrations in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

Rock band Kasabian have joined in the celebrations in Leicester today to support the city's bid to become UK 'City of Culture' 2017.

They have joined Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby in an event to mark the formal submission of the bid.

Leicester faces competition from Hull, Swansea, and Dundee to become the second ever UK 'City of Culture'. The current holder of the title is Londonderry.

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Mayor receives documents ahead of final bid

The Mayor of Leicester receives a box containing the bid documents Credit: ITV News Central

The Mayor of Leicester has received a box containing the documents for Leicester's official bid to be the UK 'City of Culture' in 2017.

The final bid will be submitted today. Leicester faces competition from Swansea, Hull and Dundee to become on the second ever city to earn the UK title.

Singing in Leicester to back the 'City of Culture' bid

DMU Choir sings in support of Leicester's 'City of Culture' bid Credit: ITV News Central

Celebrations are underway in Leicester as the city is poised to make its final bid to become the second UK 'City of Culture' in 2017.

There is a party atmosphere in the city centre as a choir sings to help back the bid.

Residents watch the bid celebrations Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester to submit bid for 'City of Culture' today

Leicester will submit its bid to become 'City of Culture 2017' today. Officials plan to send the documentation off in style with a celebration, including singers and Bollywood dancers.

Bollywood dancers will help celebrate the bid submission Credit: ITV News Central

The bid has to be with judges by 5pm. Leicester is competing against three other shortlisted cities: Dundee, Hull, and Swansea.

An aerial view of Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
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