David Burbidge CBE, DL chairman of Coventry City of Culture Trust
Arts minister John Glen will visit Coventry today (8 Dec) to congratulate the organisers of the bid and to find out more about the UK's new City of Culture.
Coventry was crowned the UK's City of Culture for 2021 live on BBC's the One Show last night, beating off stiff competition from Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea.
The decision was made after an independent panel of culture experts, chaired by television producer and screenwriter Phil Redmond, visited each of the five candidate cities before recommending Coventry as the winner.
The city’s bid impressed the judges with its focus on youth, diversity and the scale of impact not only in Coventry but across the UK as a whole.
Coventry will take the title from Hull 2017, which has used City of Culture to transform its reputation as a destination for arts and culture both at home and abroad.
Speaking last night, Glen said: "I would like to congratulate Coventry on winning UK City of Culture 2021. The title is an incredible opportunity for Coventry to boost investment in the local economy, grow tourism and put arts and culture centre stage.
"We received excellent bids from all the cities and I would like to thank them for their efforts. In 2017 I have seen the truly transformative effect this prestigious title has had on Hull.
"The city has embraced City of Culture and in doing so has demonstrated how culture, the arts and heritage can bring communities together. I look forward to seeing what Coventry has in store in 2021."
Phil Redmond, chair of the independent expert advisory panel, added: "Once again the process has highlighted the depth and strength of culture across the UK. That made it difficult choosing a winner, but I would like to congratulate Coventry and I am sure they will build on the legacy of Derry-Londonderry and Hull and bring about a transformational change in 2021.
"For those that weren’t successful this time, I hope, as has happened in other places, that they will look to the future and build on the wider cultural partnerships they have created."
Anita Bhalla OBE, board member of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), also congratulated the city on its success.
She said: “We congratulate Coventry on winning the prestigious UK City of Culture 2021 competition following an outstanding bid, which has engaged with – and captured the hearts of – the community both within Coventry and beyond.
“Coventry has the full support of GBSLEP in delivering this exciting programme of cultural celebrations, as it will bring significant economic and cultural benefits, not just for Coventry, but also the wider region.
"With a strong tradition of creativity and innovation, coupled with significant regeneration plans, Coventry is perfectly placed to put on a fantastic cultural show for the wave of additional visitors that this accolade will attract.”
Glen will now visit Coventry today (8 Dec) to congratulate the organisers of the bid and to find out more about the UK's new City of Culture.
He will also hear all about the projects that will be developed over the next four years and will visit the FarGo Creative village, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Cathedral.
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