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20 November 2013, 11:50 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Hull has been announced as the winner of the UK’s City of Culture 2017
After almost a year of work from people and organisations across Hull, 11 cities entered, it went down to four and this morning Hull was announced as the winners.
They beat Swanseas Bay, Leicester and Dundee.
Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the next City of Culture for the UK and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other Candidate Cities who also submitted exceptionally strong bids – the standard of the competition was exceptional.”
It’s expected to boost the cities economy by 60 million and help bring millions more from tourism. Hundreds are jobs will be created thanks to the city winning the title.
In 2017 a host of art and media events will be held in the city. Hull2017 highlights include
• An opening ceremony involving 3,000 volunteers. During the event, elephants will walk the streets of Hull alongside lost trawlermen.
• an aerial spectacular – with Director of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, Mark Murphy, and outdoor arts company Walk the Plank – that would form part of Hull’s 2017 Freedom Festival.
• Sonic Lumiere – a stadium event featuring Durham Marenghi, Hull’s award-winning lighting designer, working with 500 dancers in a digital sound and light concert on the theme of illusion and fairs
Check Out Their Entry Video below -
Councillor Brady added: “Winning the title today is a real game-changer for Hull. It will give Hull a platform to tell the world what this great city has to offer, transform perceptions and accelerate our journey to make Hull prime visitor destination. Hull should be proud of what it has achieved together.”
Hull’s 2017 programme will follow a number of themes to celebrate the city including Roots and Routes, Made in Hull, Freedom and Quirky.
The proposed programme will include 15 national and international commissions, 12 artists’ residencies; 25 festivals; eight major community participation projects; a programme of conferences and major broadcasting events; plus programming activity across 365 days with an estimated 1,500 special events.
For further details on Hull’s UK City of Culture programme and how to get involved people can visit www.hullcc.gov.uk/2017Hull , follow via Twitter @2017Hull or like the Hull City of Culture Facebook page