Swansea's 'City of Culture' bid

Swansea Bay - covering Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath and Port Talbot - has been announced as one of four cities on the shortlist to become UK City of Culture 2017.

'Ambitious and realistic' City of Culture bids praised

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 Bay shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2017

Eleven cities put in bids Credit: Michael Walter/PA Archive

Swansea Bay - covering Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath and Port Talbot - has been announced as one of four cities on the shortlist to become UK City of Culture 2017.

The other three cities are Dundee, Hull and Leicester. All four will be expected to submit a final bid by the end of September, with a winner announced in November.

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Minister: Capital of Culture bids should 'engage locals'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey says cities will benefit from taking part in the bidding to become 2017 Capital of Culture.

"It tends to bring together cultural organisations together with the city council, together with local communities"

"I would certainly say the winning bid shouldn't be one that's a top-down bid written in the city council office. It should be one that engages the whole of the local population".

Swansea's bid to become 2017 'City of Culture'

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.

– Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister