It was incredibly difficult to decide on a shortlist as all the bids recognised the power of culture to bring about social change and offered innovative and interesting programmes.
In the end the panel thought the four short listed cities offered plans that were ambitious, realistic and would not only deliver for their communities, but would also maintain the momentum created around the success of Derry-Londonderry.
I want to thank all eleven cities for the time and commitment they have put in to their bids and look forward to hearing more from Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay later on in the year.
– Phil Redmond, Chair of the 2017 City of Culture advisory panel
Swansea is one of 11 cities to put its name forward to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.
Swansea Bay - covering Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath and Port Talbot - will have until 30th April to submit a bid.
This is fantastic news and shows the appetite for the prestigious 'City of Culture' title is in healthy supply right across the length and breadth of the country. The competition brings together communities and creates economic and social benefits and I am pleased to see so many local authorities and different partners coming together. I wish all 11 cities the best of luck.