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City Of Culture


Today Sunderland officially launch their bid to become City of Culture 2021. With an exciting programme of events planned, there’ll be dancing in the streets before the sun goes down

Every four years the title of “City of Culture” is bestowed upon a UK city that has excelled in the provision of cultural activities, while contributing to ‘economic growth, regeneration, community cohesion, health and well-being’. And what contributes as culture, you might ask – arts, literature, music, dance, theatre, architecture, museums and heritage, libraries, archives, film, broadcasting and media. It’s a very exhaustive list.

In 2013 the title was awarded to Derry–Londonderry and in 2017 Hull will take up the reins. So where next? How about the wonderful city of Sunderland? 

Yes, we’re biased, but with stunning theatres, extremely popular venues and arenas, the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and the National Glass Centre, we believe they’re a cut above the rest.

So how better to officially launch the bid than with an all-singing, all-dancing weekend of celebration? Here’s a round up of some of the events on offer.

Tonight. Get yourselves down to Keel Square for the opening of this weekend’s celebrations. There’ll be singers, dancers, a circus, local legends Frankie and the Heartstrings, and even the cast of Shrek The Musical will be on hand to get the party started.

Tomorrow. There’s more to Sunderland than the city centre, so head down to enjoy musical performances in some of the city’s best-loved venues. Indigo Rooms? The Dun Cow? They’re all involved.

And best of all, it’s all free.

So pack your brollies (let’s face it, we can’t predict the British weather), warm up your vocal chords and let’s show the country what Sunderland has to offer. We can’t wait.

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Published in: September 2015

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