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European Capital of Culture - the facts

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WHAT IS A CAPITAL OF CULTURE?

Capital of culture status is awarded annually to a European city, but a British city will be European Capital of Culture in 2008. It is a prize which has been used to celebrate and create art and culture, reposition cities, and boost tourism, economic development and regeneration.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO WIN?

The successful city will need to have clearly defined objectives and the professional mechanisms to deliver a year-long programme of events.

WHO HAS WON IN THE PAST?

Previous winners have included Glasgow, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Dublin, Prague, and Weimar.

WHO IS COMPETING THIS TIME?

Apart from Bristol, there is Newcastle/Gateshead, Bradford, Belfast, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Milton Keynes and Norwich, among others.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

A bid has to be submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport by March 2002. The DCMS will then take soundings among ministers and devolved administrations and announce a shortlist in autumn 2002. Those on the shortlist will then be awarded 'Centre of Culture' status. And the following spring, one city will be nominated to go forward to the EU. An expert group will then assess the bid, with the final decision to be made by the Council of Ministers.

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