Over 60% of ticket buying audiences were first-time bookers, and the city’s venues experienced a 30% increase in ticket sales.
A London Assembly Economy Committee report also encourages galleries and museums to extend their opening hours.
The two boroughs will each receive £1.35m and will hold the awards in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The UK City of Culture competition brings great benefits – to the losers as well as the winners – but as more cities, towns and even villages express interest, Andrew Dixon asks if changes are needed.
A £37m capital project is always going to be demanding, but throw in Grade-II listed status, asbestos and Roman remains and you’ve got a real challenge. Graham Lister explains how Storyhouse Chester managed it.
Cost-saving measures by Leeds City Council will see access to Carriageworks theatre restricted and a price hike on room hire that could affect hundreds of members of voluntary arts groups.
Collaborative placemaking initiatives could be a much quicker route to regenerating coastal towns than waiting to win the city of culture crown, says Jason Jones-Hall.
Leeds City Council said a celebration independent of the European Capital of Culture competition would have certain advantages, such as being free to include sport.
Ten London boroughs will each receive £50k to create permanent affordable creative workspaces and provide support for artists and creative businesses.
The city has beaten contenders Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to host the year-long award credited with ‘transforming’ Hull.
Following the European Commission’s move to block the UK from participating in European Capital of Culture 2023, arts professionals and MPs have warned cultural ties must not be severed post-Brexit.
Culture is “at the heart” of Sadiq Khan’s draft civic planning strategy, which sets out plans for new cultural quarters and making London a ‘24-hour city’.
The Government’s long-awaited strategy does not mention arts education but says improving the take up and quality of maths would support the creative industries.
The European Commission has said Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union means participation in the 2023 title “will not be possible”.
A debate in the House of Commons lamented a tendency for venues to close when the cost of soundproofing falls on them after residential property is built nearby.
Culture is the perfect vehicle to engage people in conversations about heritage and local identity, a new report concludes.
The cities join a 180-strong network, which already features ten UK cities including Bradford and Glasgow.
As Nottingham submits its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023, a city-wide plan to integrate culture into education and healthcare has been published.
The shared commitment to extending access to arts and culture comes as London Mayor Sadiq Khan begins a review into the supply of artist workspace.
Eight boroughs will ultimately receive a slice of the funding through the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture competition, which has been labelled both “transformative” and “divisive” by commentators.