LGA responds to UK City of Culture 2021 announcement

“Coventry’s winning bid and the benefits it will bring to the city should be scaled up and replicated in communities across the country, so that our local museums, libraries, theatres, heritage sites and parks are front-and-centre of what makes an area great to visit, live and work in."


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Responding to the announcement of Coventry as the UK City of Culture 2021, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:

“I congratulate Coventry for being awarded the UK City of Culture 2021. This was a fantastic competition showcasing just what councils and their communities can do together.

“Each one of the candidates can be proud of what they have done, and I am confident will continue to champion cultural activities with their communities even without the title.

“Local authorities, alongside Arts Council England, are this country’s biggest public sector investors in culture and this award should act as a catalyst to realise the full potential of all our places.

“Coventry’s winning bid and the benefits it will bring to the city should be scaled up and replicated in communities across the country, so that our local museums, libraries, theatres, heritage sites and parks are front-and-centre of what makes an area great to visit, live and work in.

“The Government’s announcement of a £2 million Cultural Development Fund in the recent Budget is a recognition of the vital role that councils play in developing a local cultural offer. With greater funding, the economic boost and regeneration to be gained by our new UK City of Culture can be replicated more widely with our local communities, residents and businesses.”