Aberdeen & Dundee throw hats into UK City of Culture 2017 ring
March 6 2013
In addition to competing against each other for the accolade both will also have to see off nine other challengers scattered throughout the country who are all equally intent on claiming the prestigious title for themselves.
Dundee will fancy its chances on the back of its ongoing waterfront regeneration, of which a new V&A outpost will act as centrepiece. Aberdeen meanwhile is set to overhaul its main art gallery
Culture secretary Ed Vaizey said: “The competition brings together communities and creates economic and social benefits and I am pleased to see so many local authorities and different partners coming together."
The full list of hopefuls for the title are Chester, East Kent, Hastings and Bexhill-on-Sea, Hull, Leicester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, Southend-on-Sea and Swansea Bay.
Londonderry is the current UK City of Culture 2013.
Formal bid submissions will be made by each city by 30 April with a shortlist to be announced in June.
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