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City of Culture: Sunderland faces 10 rival cities

Sunderland Photo: PA

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.


  • Sunderland
  • Coventry
  • Hereford
  • Paisley
  • Perth
  • Portsmouth,
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Swansea
  • Warrington
  • Wells
  • St Davids

The Heritage Lottery Fund announced it was committing £3 million to each successful bidder from 2021 onwards to boost local heritage.

"This list shows there is clearly a great deal of enthusiasm among the UK's cities for celebrating their unique culture."

– Ros Kerslake, Heritage Lottery Fund

The shortlist will be decided in the summer.