THIS IS when local Hull photographer and writer Jerome Whittingham captured the moment that Hull won its bid to be City of Culture for 2017.
— Jerome Whittingham (@photomoments) November 20, 2013
Congratulations to the city and people of Hull!
The official press release from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, reads:
Hull will be the next UK City of Culture – in 2017 – Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced today.
Hull faced stiff competition from the other three shortlisted cities, Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay, but was declared the winner on the advice of the independent expert advisory panel chaired by Phil Redmond.
The UK City of Culture first started in 2010 with Derry-Londonderry chosen as UK City of Culture for 2013, and is a hotly contested accolade that sees the winning city benefit from real economic benefits such as an increase in investment and a rise in visitor numbers.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller said: “This is brilliant news for Hull and everyone involved in the bid there. This year’s UK City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry, demonstrates the huge benefits that the title brings. These include encouraging economic growth, inspiring social change and bringing communities together. It can produce a wonderful mix of inward investment, and civic pride and I hope Hull’s plans will make the most of all that being UK City of Culture can bring.
“But I also want to extend my thanks and admiration to the three other bid teams from Dundee, Leicester, and Swansea Bay. I know just how much time, effort and determination they each put into their bids. I hope they will still take forward many of the fantastic ideas and events they had planned so that their communities can enjoy these innovative cultural plans.
Phil Redmond, Chair of the independent expert advisory panel said: “There was real understanding and appetite from all four short-listed cities, for the sort of transformational change that a year of culture can bring. But ultimately it was the unanimous verdict of the panel that Hull put forward the most compelling case based on its theme as ‘a city coming out of the shadows.’ This is at the heart of their project and reminds both its people and the wider world of both its cultural past and future potential.
“We were particularly impressed with Hull’s evidence of community and creative engagement, their links to the private sector and their focus on legacy, including a commitment to enhance funding beyond 2017 and I’d like to congratulate all involved.”
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has congratulated Hull on its successful City of Culture 2017 bid.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am delighted Hull has been awarded City of Culture for 2017 and I would like to wish them every success, which is well deserved. A fantastic achievement.
“Obviously we need to work closely with Hull, in particular with Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, to maximise the benefits and to ensure visitors to the city also get to see what the East Riding has to offer too.
“This is a great opportunity to put Hull on the map and the East Riding can only benefit from that.”