UK City of Culture 2025: Bradford, County Durham, Southampton, and Wrexham County Borough all in the running

Coventry currently holds the title from 2021

Hull: UK City of Culture gets underway

Bradford, County Durham, Southampton, and Wrexham County Borough are all in the running for UK City of Culture 2025.

The shortlist was compiled from the 20 cities who had registered bids to take over the title, currently held by Coventry and awarded in 2021.

An expert advisory panel, chaired by Sir Phil Redmond, will visit the four shortlisted places before making their final recommendation in May.

The winner of the prestigious title, which is awarded every four years, will be announced in Coventry.

After the announcement on Friday, Sir Phil Redmond said: “Culture can act as a catalyst for community engagement, civic cohesion and a driver for economic and social change as previously seen not just in Derry-Londonderry in 2013, Hull in 2017 and Coventry in 2021, but all those other places who went on a journey to develop their own cultural strategy.”

He continued: “We have had a great longlist to select from, which made the shortlisting difficult, but I am now looking forward to visiting each of the shortlisted places with the panel to witness culture’s catalytic effect in action.”

A light projection at The Bargate in Southampton, as part of the city’s bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025 (Anthony Upton/PA)

The winner will attract millions of pounds in additional investment to help boost regeneration as well as a year in the cultural spotlight, encouraging long-lasting participation in the arts, as well as growth for local tourism.

Arts Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said: “The UK City of Culture competition shows the important role that culture can play in levelling up our towns, cities and rural communities, bringing investment, great events, thousands of tourists and opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds.”

He added: “We have seen a huge positive impact in this year’s host city Coventry with millions of pounds in investment and thousands of visitors.”

Since winning the title, Coventry has seen more than £172 million invested in funding music concerts and the UK’s first permanent immersive digital art gallery as well as a further £500 million for the city’s regeneration, said The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Additional reporting by PA

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