The government's announced the eleven places that applied to be the UK's third City of Culture (after Derry/Londonderry and... Hull) for 2021.
The places that think they're, like, well cultured are:
- St David’s and the Hundred of Dewisland [no one does place names like Wales does place names]
The winning city will receive £3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to "boost local heritage."
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, apparently unsarcastically commented "This list shows there is clearly a great deal of enthusiasm among the UK’s cities for celebrating their unique culture."
Hull has been enjoying renewed success since winning the second-ever City of Culture title in 2013, receiving a £60m economic boost this year as a result. It's also had £1bn of investment since its win, and put on 365 days of cultural events to celebrate.
The 11 cities will be cut down to a shortlist by summer, and the winner will be announced in December.
We're backing Coventry, birthplace of grumpy poet Philip Larkin. Watching him look at the city out of a train window, his friend once remarked: "You look as though you wished the place in Hell... judging from your face." Larkin, ever the sweetheart, put the line in a poem so everyone knew just how highly he thought of his hometown. Coventry council then put an excerpt of the poem on a plaque, cleverly missing out all the bits - 90% of the poem - that make it clear he didn't like it there. That's the kind of ingenuity we need from our City of Culture.
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