Sunderland has ten other locations to beat if it is to be named City of Culture for 2021.
The title comes with the promise of a year of cultural attractions and a potential multi-million pound boost to the local economy.
The winner, to be announced in December, will be the third holder of the title - following Londonderry in 2013 and Hull this year.
- St Davids
The Heritage Lottery Fund announced it was committing £3 million to each successful bidder from 2021 onwards to boost local heritage.
The shortlist will be decided in the summer.