Creative Industries Federation stands ready to mediate between EU Commission and UK government on decision to remove UK from European Capital of Culture scheme

November 23, 2017

We are gutted to learn that the UK will not be allowed to host the European Capital of Culture as planned in 2023 after Brexit. This is despite the fact that cities in Europe that are outside the European Union have participated in the scheme historically. 

UK cities that have invested an enormous amount of time and energy in developing their bids include Milton Keynes, Leeds, Belfast, Dundee, and Nottingham. A panel to assess these bids was due to convene next week.

People are working feverishly behind the scenes to reverse this decision and the Federation stands ready to mediate between the European Commission and the UK government's Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport on this matter.

We hope the Prime Minister recognises that the European Capital of Culture scheme can help transform cities, delivering economic growth to the local area and making them better places to live and work. The benefits of participation in the scheme are clearly demonstrated by Liverpool and Glasgow, which won the title of Capital of Culture in 1990 and 2008 respectively.

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