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Sunderland Bid For UK City of Culture

  • The UK City of Culture is awarded ever four years. 
  • The first award was made for 2013, with Derry-Londonderry the inaugural UK City of Culture, whilst Hull won the title for 2017.
  • The bidding process will see a host of cities from around the United Kingdom competing against one another to be the third UK City of Culture.
  • A successful UK City of Culture bid would create a long term legacy for Sunderland that would generate huge social and economic benefits for many years to come.
  • Winning cities become hubs for major national and international cultural events, including the Turner Prize.
  • Winning cities draw significant investment to deliver a year packed with a huge variety of different art and culture. 
  • The effect of entering the competition can be seen even when the city’s bid has proved unsuccessful, with Durham’s Lumiere festival a product of the city’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2013.
  • The key partners in the City of Culture bid are The University of Sunderland, Sunderland Council and the MAC Trust.
  • Find out more information at 
  • See what people are saying about the bid and show your support by using ‪#‎sunderland2021 on all social media platforms. This bid belongs to all of us and the more exposure and support it gets the better chance we have of winning!

Sunderland Bid For UK City of Culture

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