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UK City Of Culture 2017

Leicester finally found out that our bid to become UK City of Culture 2017 was unsuccessful on Wednesday 20th November 2013.

Although the announcement ended Leicester's hopes of the City of Culture title, City Mayor Peter Soulsby has announced that the best ideas in the bid will still take place as part of an 18-month programme of events starting in summer 2014.

Read our full press release for more details here.

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Submitting the final bid

Peter Soulsby, City Mayor, sent off the city's bid at a special event held in the city centre on 30th September. He was joined by local rock legends, Kasabian, and many other guests in a celebration of Leicester's cultural diversity and excellence.       

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Leicester's bid

Our bid focused on Leicester’s vibrant arts scene highlighting the many cultural activities happening across the city.

It also showcased Leicester's creative industries, with schemes such as the LCB Depot, Phoenix Square, Makers’ Yard and Leicester Print Workshop all offering a stimulating environment for the city's artists and designers.

A summary of the bid document can be found at the bottom of this page.

The bid consortium

A consortium made up of key local figures from the arts, business and media, has prepared Leicester’s bid to become the UK's second City of Culture.

The bid timetable

We submitted our original bid to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on 30th April 2013.

We and three other cities - Dundee, Hull and Swansea Bay - submitted our final bids on 30th September.

The winning city, Hull, was announced on 20th November 2013.

2013's UK City of Culture

Derry in Northern Ireland is this year's UK City of Culture. Find out how Derry is celebrating and more at*

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