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Dundee - UK City Of Culture Bid
Dundee City Council is looking to set up a bid group to try and win UK City of Culture status in 2017.
Councillors will consider a detailed report on Monday November 26 highlighting local cultural partnership strengths and stressing the potential benefits that winning the coveted title would have for the city’s economy.
A selection of key facilities include the upcoming V&A at Dundee, Dundee Rep theatre with its national awards and pioneering community programme, the popularity of Dundee Contemporary Arts and its cutting edge exhibits, along with The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and museum which has recently shown a display of Leonardo drawings and which has been working closely with the V&A hosting exhibitions in the lead up to the new building.
The universities of Dundee and Abertay, alongside Dundee Heritage Trust and a range of local attractions and events are also put in the spotlight.
City council leader of the administration Councillor Ken Guild believes Dundee is ready to launch a serious bid for the prestigious cultural title.
He said: “There has never been a better time for Dundee to stake a claim to be UK City of Culture.
“Cultural facilities have been an important component in the city’s transformation in recent years.
“This would be a people’s bid, where the population of Dundee would play a major role in events that could take place. We enjoy a strength and depth of outreach programmes and local participation that already shows the enthusiasm of Dundee people for cultural activity.
“I believe we could really benefit from UK City of Culture status. Winning would attract in even more economic benefits, helping to regenerate communities and offering real opportunities for our people.”
Councillor Guild added: “Dundee’s cultural facilities also act as a magnet for visitors and we are excited by the predictions that are being made for the V&A at Dundee.
“UK City of Culture status would obviously encourage many more people to come and visit us.
“I am keen that we can be in a position to hit the ground running to put a strong and compelling case for Dundee. We would look to seek support from national arts organisations and funding bodies.”
City council director of leisure & communities Stewart Murdoch said: “The strength and depth of the cultural sector in Dundee is very evident and is increasingly recognised across Scotland and further afield.
“Dundee has equally strong communities and it is the combined strength of the community and cultural sectors that will give great strength to Dundee's bid.
“It will be interesting to get feedback at this early stage in the process about what Dundee's citizens see as the strengths of their community, and what they would wish to see reflected from their city of many cultures in any bid for recognition as UK City of Culture.”
The report to the council’s policy and resources committee explains that senior representatives from the Dundee Partnership should be invited to form a bid development group.
Creative Services Scotland would be appointed to provide support for the co-ordination of a Dundee bid.
Press Release Date: Friday 16 November 2012