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UK City of Culture 2017 winner announced

20 November 2013

City of Culture flag on Broughty Ferry beach

The winner of UK City of Culture 2017 was announced this morning, with Hull taking the prestigious title. Dundee was one of the four shortlisted cities.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport runs the programme, which uses culture and creativity to transform communities and help grow artistic talent.

Dundee’s bid involved crowd-sourcing thousands of ideas through the website, developing partnerships with Disney and NASA, and focusing on using cultural events to engage and inspire people from all of the city’s communities.

Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, said:

“Everyone who contributed to Dundee’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2017 should be incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved. Our bid really reflected the excitement of living and working in Dundee.

“On behalf of the Abertay community, I congratulate Hull who will undoubtedly put on a great year of culture. However, their success doesn’t mean the work stops here in Dundee.

“Dundee has been on an incredible 30-year journey of reinvention, driven by arts and culture, and we’re all looking forward to the opening of the V&A at Dundee and the completion of the £1 billion Waterfront regeneration project.

“The next step for our city is looking at how the thousands of incredible ideas that were submitted to can help influence Dundee’s future, and how we can continue to use culture to inspire people in all of our communities.”


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