Warrington is the only North West area to have entered the competition to become the third UK City of Culture, the Minister of State for Digital & Culture Matt Hancock announced today.
Alongside Warrington, the list includes Coventry, Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, St David’s and the Hundred of Dewisland, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea and Wells.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has today committed £3m to the holder of the UK City of Culture title from 2021 onwards to boost local heritage.
To unlock the funds, the successful bidder will need to demonstrate that their programme is underpinned by heritage and builds on existing investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital & Culture, said: “UK City of Culture is a fantastic opportunity for towns and cities to celebrate their creativity and use culture as a catalyst for economic growth.
“I am delighted to see so many bids from across the country, showing how many areas recognise the important role culture can play in the development and regeneration of communities.
“UK City of Culture helps boost tourism and raises the profile of arts and culture. The exciting funding commitment from the Heritage Lottery Fund today is yet another incentive for towns to secure this prestigious title.”
A shortlist of the bidding areas will be announced in the summer before the winning area is announced in December.