UK City of Culture 2021: Coventry Crowned. Congratulations. Now here are five things about Coventry. A city of art, cars and music.
The city is jubilant.
Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea were in the running to be named UK City of Culture for 2021.
The shortlist selected from 11 towns and cities. They had registered bids to take over the title currently held by Hull. The competition was close.
The winner of the award, which comes with a £3m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, was Coventry. It was declared Thursday December 7.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, John Glenn, said: “We have received strong bids from across the UK and now have a fantastic shortlist of five that reflect the diversity and cultural ambition of our towns and cities.
“I want to congratulate all 11 bids which offered brilliant examples of how to celebrate their own unique culture and heritage. And showed just how prestigious and coveted the UK City of Culture is.
An exciting event. Each town and city was perfect for the title. But a decision had to be made. And it was awarded to Coventry
The title is awarded every four years and it means the city will host a year-long celebration of arts and performance.
Hull was holder of the title until December 7. Celebrations started off low-key. But public supported it. Some, though, not hopeful it would succeed. However it did. Now Hull among the most visited city in England. It is a proud city.
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