Warwick is backing the city of Coventry as it looks to make a bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021. A steering group of local figures from business and culture has recommended that the city should enter the running for the prestigious title that would bring a range of social, cultural and economic benefits to the city and the wider region.
The steering group includes Warwick’s Registrar and Chief Operating Officer Ken Sloan, who said:
The University of Warwick is delighted that the city of Coventry is gearing up to bid to be named UK City of Culture in 2021. This would be an extraordinary opportunity for the city and the wider area and the University will play an active part in helping to make this a reality. The engagement of universities has been an important feature of previous City of Culture bids and through our Warwick Arts Centre, our vibrant student body and our excellent academic departments we will offer every support to the bid team.
The city council believes the City of Culture award would help economic development and show the world what Coventry has to offer – from events such as the Godiva Festival to the history of the Cathedral and the growing calendar of events in the city centre.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Nigel Thrift added:
The University of Warwick makes a major contribution to the cultural life of the area. Earlier this year the University concluded a year-long Warwick Commission on the future of Cultural Value. The Commission canvassed the views of cultural leaders across the country and a number of events brought together arts organisations in the city and the region. Building on the city’s many success stories, including its two universities, the City of Culture represents a once in a life time opportunity to transform the image of Coventry and Warwickshire.”
The final submission would be delivered to the Departure for Culture, Media & Sport in 2017, who are likely to shortlist up to four top cities.