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Lancashire to bid for UK City of Culture status

John Freeman

Marketing Lancashire and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership will bid to earn the county UK City of Culture status in 2025. The UK City of Culture programme was developed by the UK Government to build on the success of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture 2008 and the Cultural Olympiad in 2012, by creating a national cultural event spread over a year, focused on a particular city or area, and a successful bid by Lancashire could be a catalyst for a step change in the county’s cultural and economic development.

Members of LAP were part of an initial research project which began exploring the possibility of a bid in autumn 2018. The partnership has successfully enlisted the support of Andrew Dixon, who helped Hull earn the honour for 2017, to help shape the bid.

“Culture is a super accelerator for urban regeneration and the benefits of bidding for City of Culture are many," commented Tony Attard, the High Sheriff and chair of Marketing Lancashire. "The journey will be challenging. It will demand determination, vision, finance, commitment and organisation, but above all will demand an applied, unified consensus.

"The prize for Lancashire would be substantial, which is why I am advocating that we bid for UK City of Culture in 2025.”