Four of the eleven areas bidding to become the UK City of Culture for 2017 are in our region.
Portsmouth and Southampton have launched a joint bid. As have Hastings and Bexhill in Sussex. Southend in Essex is also a contender.
While Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Thanet have clubbed together for an East Kent entry. The shortlist will be announced in June. Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey MP told us what would make a winning bid.