Stirling UK City of Culture bid

Stirling UK City of Culture bid

Stirling UK City of Culture bid

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has welcomed the announcement that Stirling is the only Scottish city to make the long-list to be UK City of Culture 2025.

Stirling will now compete against Armagh City, Bradford, County Durham, Cornwall, Derby, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough for the accolade, and for the first time in the history of the competition each applicant will now receive £40,000 worth of investment as the process moves forward.

Each longlisted applicant will now work with a panel from the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport to finalise their bids.

Mr Lockhart has also lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the announcement:


Title: Stirling City of Culture 2025 bid

That the Parliament celebrates the news that Stirling has been longlisted for the UK City of Culture 2025; understands that the bid is the only one of three Scottish applications to move forward to the next stage and will now compete against Armagh City, Bradford, County Durham, Cornwall, Derby, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough; notes that, for the first time in the history of the competition, each bid will receive £40,000 for investment as the process moves forward; recognises the vibrant and diverse cultural offering that exists in Stirling, with events such as the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival, live music and the success of the Big Noise Orchestra in the Raploch area attracting many people to the city; notes that the longlisted applicants will work with a panel from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to finalise their bids, before a shortlist is announced in early 2022; recognises what it sees as the huge investment opportunities that could be available to the winner; praises the hard work of all involved in making the Stirling bid a viable candidate for this accolade, and wishes Stirling all the best for the competition.

Dean Lockhart MSP said:

‘’This is fantastic news and I congratulate all those people who have worked hard to ensure that Stirling’s bid has progressed so well.

‘’Becoming the U.K. City of Culture in 2025 would be a worthy accolade for Stirling, steeped in history and culture.

‘’This is a huge opportunity for the city and wider area to demonstrate its rich cultural offering, such as the increasingly popular Bloody Scotland Crime writing festival and other events.

‘’Best of luck to Stirling as the bid progresses!’’

 

 

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