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.
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.
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 will find out next Wednesday if it has won. It is up against Dundee, Swansea Bay and Hull.
Leicester band Kasabian made a surprise appearance at the city's clock tower today to pledge their support for the city to become 'City of Culture 2017'.
Leicester has been shortlisted for the prize - along with Hull, Swansea Bay and Dundee.
Supporters gathered earlier to see the final bid document delivered to the Mayor.
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.
Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, has thanked the people behind the scenes of Leicester's bid to become UK 'City of Culture' 2017, a bid he believes is a winning one.
He also thanked the support given to the cause by the people of Leicester, as the bid is officially submitted today.
Children from Stoneygate College have composed an anthem to support Leicester's 'City of Culture' bid.
Celebrations are ongoing in the city to mark the formal submission of the bid to become the UK 'City of Culture' 2017.
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.
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.
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.
The bid has to be with judges by 5pm. Leicester is competing against three other shortlisted cities: Dundee, Hull, and Swansea.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby has been speaking about Leicester's success in being one of the four cities shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2017.
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