City of Culture bid plans underway in Lancashire

Lancashire could be putting together a City of Culture bid, it has been revealed.

Saturday, 21st July 2018, 9:37 am
Updated Saturday, 21st July 2018, 9:47 am
The Lancashire Encounter arts festival in Preston
The Lancashire Encounter arts festival in Preston

Bosses at Marketing Lancashire have revealed that they are in the early stages of putting a big for the title UK City of Culture - which can bring in a major economic boost for the winning city.

As the bid is in the early stages, they say it could focus either on one Lancashire city or be a county-wide bid.

Rachel McQueen, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, told the BBC they had worked closely "with cultural organisations across the county to develop a cultural narrative that brings to life the wealth of artistic and creative projects, organisations and venues that we have".

She added: "We're exploring all kinds of opportunities that could provide a bigger platform for our cultural partners, including UK City of Culture."

The City of Culture title brings with it increased profile and investment for the winning city - and has seen last year's winner Hull staging several national exhibitions including the Turner Prize.

The bid will aim to showcase the county's thriving arts scene.

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The idea of nominating a UK City of Culture came when the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wanted to build on the success of Liverpool's year as a European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Derry/Londonderry was the first in 2013, Hull was the second in 2017 and Coventry will be next in 2021.