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Coventry Named As UK City Of Culture For 2021

Coventry Will Be The UK City of Culture 2021

The winner was announced by the arts and culture minister John Glen on The One Show on BBC1.

Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent were all shortlisted to be the UK City of Culture 2021.

Hull is the current City of Culture and its programme includes 365 days of cultural events. It is estimated that City of Culture has brought a boost of £60 million to the local economy in 2017. Nine out of 10 residents have attended, or taken part in, an event as part of Hull 2017 and the city has seen over £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013. The winner of UK City of Culture 2021 will also have access to a £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The shortlisted areas were invited to submit a final bid by the end of September 2017. The panel looks at the final bids from the shortlisted cities before the winner was announced.

The unsuccessful areas will each receive detailed feedback on their bids. Ministers and officials will also engage with them on how best they could realise their ambitions for widespread recognition for their cultural offer.

Students Celebrate Success At Media Awards Ceremony

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) film students are celebrating after enjoying success at the recent University of Wolverhampton (UoW) Media Awards.

AS Film Studies student Ben Hurt won Best Blog for his blog ‘The One Who Colludes’ and A Level Film Studies student Lydia Morgan won Best Writer for her screen play entitled ‘Vitality’.

Special commendation also went to A Level Film Studies student Chad Cliff for his A Level dissertation entitled ‘How are the central themes of deep existential crisis and angst communicated in central male protagonists?’ and AS Film Studies student Saul Garret for his film essay which explores the use of cinematography and mise-en-scène in the film text ‘ The Place Beyond the Pines’ in the category Best Film Essay.

The awards ceremony, which celebrated the wealth of journalist student talent across the West Midlands, was held at the Light House Media Centre on 19 June.

The winners fought off competition from over 60 vocational and degree level students across the West Midlands.

Commenting on her award, Lydia Morgan, said: “I wasn’t expecting to win, it was a regional competition and I was up against vocational and degree level students from all over the West Midlands.  Obviously I’m thrilled as it will help strengthen my career prospects.”

Dr Bianca Fox, Senior Lecturer in TV, Broadcasting and Journalism and Course Leader BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism at the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Media, said: “This year was the first year we’ve held the awards as we’re really keen to recognize and reward journalistic talent.  It was great to see so many students enter the competition and the standard of entries was extremely high.  Congratulations to all of our winners and we hope to see even more winners next year at an even bigger event.”

Verica Travar-Williams, Curriculum Leader for Film Studies at NULC, said: “I’m incredibly proud of our students.  The students had tough competition from vocational and degree level students from across the West Midlands.  We hope to have more winners next year.”

Newcastle-under-Lyme College offers A Level courses in Film Studies, Media Studies, Photography, Graphics and Art. In 2016 70% of our A Level Film Studies students were awarded grades A*-B. For further information on courses visit, email or call 01782 254254.

Fenton Residents Back The Bid For Stoke on Trent 2021 City Of Culture

Local Fenton residents had an idea to do a “Fenton Backs The Bid” event gathering in the square in Fenton on the 22nd April 2017 at 12pm, essentially bringing as many Fenton residents into the square for a photoshoot and a chance to discuss the Stoke on Trent 2021 City Of Culture Bid.

We have video interviews with one of the organizers of the event Alan Gerrard and the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Councillor Anthony Munday.  We also have video of  a speech made by the Lord Mayor on why Fenton, and others should back the bid.

Rob Ledgar interview with Alan Gerrard – Why Fenton backs the Stoke on Trent 2021 City Of Culture Bid

Rob Ledgar interview with the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Councillor Anthony Munday – Why Fenton backs the Stoke on Trent 2021 City Of Culture Bid

Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Councillor Anthony Munday – Why Fenton backs the Stoke on Trent 2021 City Of Culture Bid

Local Fenton Residents Back The SOT2021 Bid