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University welcomes City of Culture bid

The University of Kent has welcomed East Kent’s bid for the UK's City of Culture 2017.

The first phase of the bid, which represents the five districts of Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet, was submitted on 30 April. If shortlisted, the bid team will be invited to submit a full bid by the end of September, with the final winner being declared at the close of 2013.

The UK City of Culture is a nationwide competition organised by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport which aims 'to use creativity to transform communities and help grow artistic talent'. Taking place every four years, the winning cities host a year of cultural events that will help to attract more visitors, increase media interest, bring community members together and increase levels of professional artistic collaboration.

The East Kent bid is a joint effort by Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Shepway District Council, Thanet District Council and major arts and cultural organisations in the region.

The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, said: 'This is an important and welcome bid for East Kent. So, on behalf of everyone at the University, I would like to offer my best wishes to the bid team and hope that the efforts of all those involved, as well as the efforts of the many others who have contributed to and helped develop the cultural life of the district over the years, are recognised with the success they deserve.'

Since it was founded in 1965, the University of Kent has been at the forefront of cultural life in Canterbury and the region. It organises, hosts and sponsors a wide range of cultural events and activities, both on- and off-campus, with its programme of theatre, cinema, art, music and public talks making a significant positive impact on the cultural and economic life of its local communities.

The University has also helped develop the region’s national and international reputation as a cultural destination and hub by providing acclaimed facilities such as the Gulbenkian theatre and cinema, and its recently opened Colyer-Fergusson Music Building.


Story published at 2:21pm 1 May 2013

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