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City of Culture 2017 shortlist announced

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Four cities have made the shortlist for the UK City of Culture 2017

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today (20 June) that Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea are all vying for the prestigious title.

Vaizey said: ‘I want to congratulate the four shortlisted cities who have made it this far, and indeed all 11 cities who put time and great effort into submitting bids.

‘The events in Derry-Londonderry over recent weeks highlight just how much of an impact being ‘City of Culture’ can have. It brings together communities, encourages economic growth, and inspires social change and the shortlisted cities should be very proud of the bids they have put together so far.’

Phil Redmond, chair of the independent advisory panel for the City of Culture added: ‘It was incredibly difficult to decide on a shortlist as all the bids recognised the power of culture to bring about social change and offered innovative and interesting programmes. In the end the panel thought the four short listed cities offered plans that were ambitious, realistic and would not only deliver for their communities, but would also maintain the momentum created around the success of Derry-Londonderry.’

The four cities have been chosen from an initial list of eleven, which included Aberdeen, Chester, East Kent, Hastings and Bexhill-on-Sea, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, and Southend on Sea.

The first UK City of Culture was Derry-Londonderry.

The four cities will now each submit a final bid in September, before a decision is made on the winning city by November 2013.

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