Perth is celebrating the UK City of Culture Bid on the 19th of August outside City Hall.
What is City of Culture?
UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city in the United Kingdom for a period of one year. The aim of the initiative, which is administered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
What impact will it have if Perth wins?
Winning the bid would encourage visitors and give the city and the surrounding area a significant economic boost. Over 1 million people visited Derry-London Derry during its City of Culture year and it is estimated that being UK City of Culture 2017 will deliver a £60 million boost to Hull in that year alone.
Key points to look for in a city
• A great, green city, celebrating Perth’s place at the heart of a rural community
• Connections, emphasising the city’s role as a meeting place and melting pot, as well as the rivers that link the area together
• A city of light, drawing on the city’s heritage as a catalyst for creativity and ideas
Provost Liz Grant said, “We want to give everybody in Perth and Kinross the chance to take part in culture and creative learning, connecting our rural and urban communities through inspiring arts programmes which bring people and places together. We have such a fantastic wealth of culture and heritage here: I can’t wait to showcase it to the world.
“The bid will allow us to cultivate new talent and make the area a place where artists, creative industries and business innovation can flourish.”
Charles Kinnoull, Chair of Culture Perth and Kinross offered his full support for the bid saying, “This is a great opportunity to showcase and further amplify the unique character and culture of the region to both existing and new audiences. Culture Perth and Kinross is delighted to have a key role in helping to support and connect communities, creative practitioners, local businesses and others in backing the bid and securing the success Perth so richly deserves”.
Magnus Linklater, chair of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:
“With two world-class venues in the heart of the city, Horsecross Arts is proud to be a part of Perth and Kinross’s special and distinctive cultural landscape. Perth Concert Hall just celebrated its 10th anniversary and Perth Theatre will reopen in 2017 following restoration and redevelopment. With our varied entertainment programme and our extensive creative learning work throughout the community, we are well-placed to support Perth’s bid to become City of Culture in 2021, giving voice to the area’s great and sometimes unsung cultural offering.”