County Durham shortlisted in bid for UK City of Culture 2025

COUNTY Durham was proud to have made it to the final four in the bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025.

The county was shortlisted for the prestigious title out of the 20 places that originally applied. 

Cllr Amanda Hopgood, leader of Durham County Council, said: “Our success at making it this far is of course testament to our county’s incredible heritage, landscapes and vibrant cultural offer.”

Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, added: “Being shortlisted is a wonderful achievement which recognises the wealth of cultural opportunities Durham has to offer.”*

County Durham may not have been named UK City of Culture 2025 in May this year, but the partners driving the bid are proud that “The Durham 2025 campaign has sparked belief across our county and our communities, bringing together extraordinary people, places and ideas. By illuminating what we have and what we are capable of together, it will create a long lasting conviction that we deserve success, that we’re ready for anything and we have the energy to try the unusual, do the unexpected and be exceptional. This is the beginning of something epic..”

“Together we will create a remarkable future built on a powerful past”**

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