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.