Worcester City Council is considering bidding to become a City of Culture in 2021. Last year Hull beat Leicester to be named City of Culture for 2017.
The leader of Worcester City Council said:
“Worcester’s past, present and future are steeped in rich and varied cultural traditions - we are totally committed to supporting the arts and creating more opportunities for local, national and international audiences to experience them in our city.
Worcester has a proven track record of delivering high quality, well-attended events. The full programme of activities planned for 2014 and 2015 would provide a strong platform from which to launch our bid to be City of Culture 2021.”
The hard work carried out in Leicester during the UK City of Culture bid process will continue, despite missing out on the title, according to the CEO of the city’s Curve Theatre.
Whilst today’s announcement is a huge disappointment, this process has enabled a great deal of innovative and exciting partnership working which will continue.
A huge amount of hard work and goodwill went into this bid, and it brought together a lot of people in a way that has not happened before, so we are determined to continue that good work regardless of today's result.
– Fiona Allan, CEO of Curve Theatre, and City of Culture board member
The chief executive of the company behind 'Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival also added his disappointment at missing out with the bid:
I have lived and worked in this city for 20 years and I know how many people were supporting the bid and shared the enthusiasm around Leicester becoming UK City of Culture in 2017.
Our job is to continue building on this support and to identify how culture can continue to benefit the city of Leicester.
– Geoff Rowe, chief executive, Big Difference Company
The leader of Leicestershire county Council has backed the people in the city to benefit from the work put in to the bid:
Leicester really deserved to win this. However, we can still make sure that people in the city and county benefit from this by building on the huge amount of work already done to show the rest of the country what we have to offer.
– Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council