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.

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