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Culture title is 'game-changer' for Hull

Winning the title today is a real game-changer for Hull. It will give Hull a platform to tell the world what this great city has to offer, transform perceptions and accelerate our journey to make Hull prime visitor destination. Hull should be proud of what it has achieved together.

Our programme though locally rooted is global in outlook and has been developed with support from local people, businesses and cultural organisations. The support the bid has received from the city has been phenomenal. We would urge people to keep following Hull’s cultural journey via media, social media and public events to find out how they can be involved in the next stage. As with the bidding process, local people and organisations are absolutely central to Hull 2017.

– Councillor Stephen Brady, leader Hull City Council
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Hull 'coming out of the shadows'

TV producer Phil Redmond, who chaired the advisory panel that helped choose the City of Culture 2017 winner, said all four shortlisted cities showed a "real understanding" of what the award was about.

But ultimately it was the unanimous verdict of the panel that Hull put forward the most compelling case based on its theme as 'a city coming out of the shadows'. This is at the heart of their project and reminds both its people and the wider world of both its cultural past and future potential. We were particularly impressed with Hull's evidence of community and creative engagement, their links to the private sector and their focus on legacy, including a commitment to enhance funding beyond 2017 and I'd like to congratulate all involved.

– Phil Redmond, chair of the advisory panel


Losing cities congratulate Hull on its culture win


Hull chosen as UK City of Culture 2017

Hull's bidding team has promised to deliver a "spectacular year of events". Credit: Twitter/ 2017Hull

Hull has been chosen as UK City of Culture 2017, the Culture Secretary Maria Miller has announced.

It had been competing against Leicester and Swansea Bay and Dundee for the title.

Ms Miller praised the three losing cities for the "time, effort and determination" they put into their bids.

She said: "I hope they will still take forward many of the fantastic ideas and events they had planned so that their communities can enjoy these innovative cultural plans."

UK City of Culture 2017 to be announced

Londonderry is the current UK City of Culture. Credit: PA

The location of the UK's next City of Culture will be announced this morning with Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay all in the running.

The winner can expect an economic boost from the accolade which is handed out every four years.

The current holder - Londonderry - has reported a 30% increase in hotel occupancy and has hosted events including the Radio 1 Big Weekend, The Turner Prize and the all-Ireland Fleadh which saw 400,000 people descend on the city over a week.

Sir Tom Courtenay backs Hull's City of Culture bid

Actor Sir Tom Courtenay has backed Hull's bid to become the UK's City of Culture 2017 by starring in a short film to be shown to the competition's judges.

Featuring the poetry of Philip Larkin, Sir Tom and the people of Hull explain why "this city belongs to everyone".

He narrates, "A place cannot produce poems, it can only not prevent them and Hull is good at that, for Hull has its own sudden elegancies".

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