The UK City of Culture is a nationwide competition run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and aims to use creativity as a tool for cultural regeneration and grow the area in cultural, economical, personal and social aspects.
Taking place every four years, the winner hosts a year of mayor cultural events, with a chance to use this platform to generate inward investment and economic growth for the region.
The success of their bid relies on the active involvement of as many organisations and individuals as possible. Help East Kent open its doors and invite a world to see what it has to offer and back East Kent’s bid for UK City of Culture 2017.
East Kent, represented by the districts of Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet, aims to build upon its budding national and international cultural reputation and is bidding to become the UK City of Culture 2017!
The bid is a joint effort by Kent County Council, the represented district councils, major arts and cultural organisations in the region, such as Turner Contemporary and The Creative Quarter, as well as many private companies and individuals.
Despite the competition name, regions with a strong identity also qualify and East Kent, bordered by it’s ‘White Cliffs”, much like a city wall, shares a common rural landscape between the Capital and the sea, a shared history as the Gateway to Britain and Europe, as well as a buzzing cultural scene.
The area has attracted artists such as JMV Turner, Marcel Duchamp and Tracey Emin and writers including Christopher Marlowe, Charles Dickens, Ian Fleming, TS Eliot and HG Wells.
It has also provided the back drop for filming projects such as Dominic Savage’s True Love (2012), Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel which is currently being filmed in and around Folkestone and films like Ruby Blue (2008), A Canterbury Tale (1944), Diamonds are Forever (1971), Is Anybody There? (2009), Ginger and Rosa (2012), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Son of Rambow(2008) and Venus (2007).
Following East Kent’s initial expression of interest in late February they have been invited to submit a first phrase bid by April 30th 2013. If shortlisted, they will be invited to submit a full bid by the end of September and the winners are declared by the end of 2013.
You can get involved and keep up to date by the following channels:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/EKent2017 #EKculture2017