Following the announcement of City of Culture 2025’s longlist, Ian Streets looks at how previous winners have improved the accessibility of their cultural offering.
Whether it’s in response to Brexit, Covid or any other source of uncertainty, the decision by a record number of places to bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025 is a bit of a head-turner.
There were 14 expressions of interest for the inaugural competition, which awarded the 2013 event to Derry-Londonderry. Hull overcame 12 rivals to host the 2017 edition and there were 10 challengers to Coventry to become the 2021 destination.
Now the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is weighing up the respective merits of 20 bidders.
We won’t list them all here, but they come from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and in addition to cities they include partnerships, such as Torbay and Exeter, and entire regions... Keep reading on PBC Today.