Plymouth culture city bid

Plymouth has handed in its bid to become the UK City of Culture for 2017 (30 April 2013). It could mean financial rewards of many millions of pounds and global recognition.

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Deadline passes for Plymouth's City of Culture bid

The deadline for bids to become UK City of Culture 2017 has now passed. Plymouth has submitted its 30-page document to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. A shortlist will be announced in June. Plymouth will be competing against:

  • Aberdeen
  • Chester
  • Dundee
  • East Kent
  • Hastings and Bexhill-on-Sea
  • Hull
  • Leicester
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Swansea Bay

Plymouth to submit City of Culture bid today

Plymouth is to submit its bid to be the next City of Culture today Credit: ITV Westcountry

Plymouth will formally submit its bid to become the next UK City of Culture today.

It's up against ten other cities to succeed Londonderry in the role, which should boost trade and tourism.

The culture board has been working for months to come up with a presentation that reflects its historic and creative character as well as its vision for the future.

Local celebrities, including Olympic diver Tom Daley and chef Gary Rhodes are backing the bid.