The winner of the title for 2017 was announced this morning live from Westminster as Hull.
The four shortlisted cities were Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay, each having submitted evidence of their existing cultural development and plans for the future.
The winner can expect an economic boost from the accolade which is handed out to one UK city every four years. It is estimated that the current holder – Derry-Londonderry – has seen around £120 million of capital investment pumped into the city since the title was won in 2009.
It has reported a 30% increase in hotel occupancy and has hosted events including the Radio 1 Big Weekend and The Turner Prize. Civic leaders there hope it will help generate an additional £500 million for the local economy over the next 10 years.
Televison producer Phil Redmond, who helped draw up the shortlist, has been quoted as saying that the four bids “recognised the power of culture to bring about social change”.
He said: “In the end the panel thought the four short-listed cities offered plans that were ambitious, realistic and would not only deliver for their communities, but would also maintain the momentum created around the success of Derry-Londonderry.”
As part of the Leicester business community we are proud to be associated with Leicester and look forward to the ongoing cultural development here.Talk to our legal team
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