Leicester 'City of Culture' bid

Leicester has lost out in its bid to become UK City of Culture 2017. The announcement that Hull has made the successful bid was made this morning.

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Hard work will continue in Leicester

The hard work carried out in Leicester during the UK City of Culture bid process will continue, despite missing out on the title, according to the CEO of the city’s Curve Theatre.

Whilst today’s announcement is a huge disappointment, this process has enabled a great deal of innovative and exciting partnership working which will continue.

A huge amount of hard work and goodwill went into this bid, and it brought together a lot of people in a way that has not happened before, so we are determined to continue that good work regardless of today's result.

– Fiona Allan, CEO of Curve Theatre, and City of Culture board member

The chief executive of the company behind 'Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival also added his disappointment at missing out with the bid:

I have lived and worked in this city for 20 years and I know how many people were supporting the bid and shared the enthusiasm around Leicester becoming UK City of Culture in 2017.

Our job is to continue building on this support and to identify how culture can continue to benefit the city of Leicester.

– Geoff Rowe, chief executive, Big Difference Company

The leader of Leicestershire county Council has backed the people in the city to benefit from the work put in to the bid:

Leicester really deserved to win this. However, we can still make sure that people in the city and county benefit from this by building on the huge amount of work already done to show the rest of the country what we have to offer.

– Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council


Concerts, art shows and markets if Leicester wins

A series of major cultural events would be planned in Leicester if it wins the title of UK City of Culture 2017.

The winning city will be announced on Wednesday.

The events planned for 2017 include:

  • A city-wide outdoor summer spectacular
  • A mass-participation play based on the story of Richard III, to be performed in locations across Leicestershire
  • A virtual portal in Leicester Market linking with markets in Poland, India and and Africa
  • Several new works from British artist Conrad Shawcross
  • Artworks reflecting the stories of market towns and communities across Leicestershire
  • Curve Theatre would host a one month residency by the dancer Akram Khan, who performed at the London 2012 opening ceremony
  • A series of gigs at De Montfort Hall from artists which have played there through the years
  • Exhibition on Roman Britain at New Walk Museum
  • Work commissioned from children as young as six
  • Enhanced programmes for existing events such as the Dave Comedy Festival, the Mela and the Caribbean Carnival
  • Events like Proms In The Park and Radio 1's One Big Weekend would be invited to the city in 2017
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