City of Culture 2017

Plymouth presses ahead with cultural agenda despite City of Culture setback

Plymouth is pressing ahead with its ambitious plans to transform its standing as a cultural location and destination, following today’s City of Culture 2017 competition announcement, says the City Council.

Amid stiff competition and a city-wide campaign of support with thousands backing Plymouth’s bid, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport today said that Plymouth would not be on...

Alison Seabeck speaks in Westminster to back Plymouth for City of Culture 2017

Alison's speech in Westminster Hall on Tuesday follows below:

It is a huge honour for any city to win the title of UK city of culture, and I am sure all the bids will be strong. The value and kudos involved in winning are enormous. Sarah Shortland, who was vox-popped in The Herald in Plymouth, said:

“It would be good for Plymouth—I visited Liverpool after they won European...

New university production house launches Plymouth City of Culture film

A company made up of talented students, graduates and lecturers from Plymouth University has produced an energetic and visually stunning film, showcasing and celebrating Plymouth’s culture in all its glory.

The high octane one minute video entitled ‘Plymouth Culture is…’ is a riot of colour, sight and sound, set to the track ‘Racer’ by local group, The PJP Band and featuring a cameo...

Local artists given chance to showcase talents

13 local artists are showcasing their artwork in a new exhibition at the Council House in Plymouth.

Inspired by Plymouth based artist Martin Bush, councillors are allowing the Council House to be used to host a programme of exhibitions and talks to support the city’s creative economy.

Local artists submitted their work for selection by a cross party panel of councillors. 13...

It's Plymouth's day on social media as City of Culture 2017 bid is submitted

Plymouth was buzzing on social media today amid huge local support for the city's bid for City of Culture 2017.

The hashtag #Plymouth2017 trended nationally on Twitter at lunchtime today (Tuesday 30 April) due to the number of users tweeting and re-tweeting their support for the bid which was submitted today.

This evening sees Smeaton's Tower illuminated as a beacon for...

Plymouth City of Culture 2017 - we're backing the bid!

The Plymouth Daily is delighted to be backing our city's bold and exciting bid to become the UK's City of Culture in 2017.

Plymouth's initial bid for this honour will be submitted today alongside 10 rival cities across the UK. There will then be an anxious wait until June while a panel of judges considers and finally shortlists 4 cities to go forward to a full and final bidding...

Smeaton’s Tower to light up the Hoe for City of Culture bid

Plymouth’s iconic landmark Smeaton’s Tower will become a beacon for culture on Tuesday 30 April.

The tower will be lit up by the Council that evening to mark the deadline for the bid for UK City of Culture 2017.

Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “We wanted to do something symbolic to mark the handing in of the bid. Smeaton’s Tower is such a well-known landmark it only seemed...

A word from Councillor Tudor Evans

"Back Plymouth's bid for the City of Culture 2017 at Twitter and Facebook by searching @plymouth17 and saying why Plymouth should win!"

So says Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, as the city embarks upon an ambitious and exciting journey towards its future. The Plymouth Daily looks forward to being a part of it all. Cllr Evans has sent us the following message...

Plymouth City of Culture 2017 website unveiled

The official Plymouth City of Culture 2017 website is launched today as the city’s ambitious national bid continues to gain momentum.

Over 1000 people from across Plymouth and nationally have joined city luminaries in ‘backing the bid’, voicing their support and joining the cultural debate as part of a vibrant and lively social media campaign. This has been further supported by the...

Vital Sparks project ignites Plymouth's cultural potential

The brand new Vital Sparks project is being ignited in Plymouth thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Vital Sparks will be designed to inspire arts, culture and creativity in the city and act as a link between different groups involved in these activities.

A dedicated project leader will be recruited to develop an activity programme that will put creativity into the...