It’s time to back the bid for Sunderland City of Culture 2021. Surely we are in with a chance of winning this?


The final bid for Culture status was submitted today, at 12 noon, and it would benefit every single person in the city if we won.

#Sunderland2021 gives us the opportunity to showcase everything great about the city -; our culture, community and creativity.

A successful bid would, quite simply, transform the image of the city and how we’re seen by outsiders looking in. Sunderland would be known around the world as a cultural city.

It would have the reputation of a city with huge opportunities for artists and audiences; a city where artists and performers can thrive and find ample opportunities to grow.

I want everyone to know just how special Sunderland is, and City of Culture status will do just that.

Our city is a truly wonderful place for creativity. Our city is ambitious, brave and collaborative, and our bid is too! Winning UK City of Culture 2021 would bring so much to our city.

It’s a cause that anyone who loves Sunderland should get behind and I urge everyone to do so.

Ha’way #Sunderland2021 #UKCityofCulture2021 @DCMS

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