Swansea shortlisted for 2021 City of Culture

15 July 2017, 07:02

Swansea city panorama

Swansea is a step closer to becoming the UK's City of Culture, after being shortlisted for the second time.

Swansea lost out to Hull in the bidding for the 2017 title, but has now been chosen alongside Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland for the title in 2021.

The winner of the award will receive a £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to spend on cultural projects.

The title has never been held by a Welsh city before, but Swansea is the only location in Wales to be shortlisted after St David's entry failed to make the cut.

Tracey McNulty, Director of Cultural Services at Swansea Council, has told Heart she's confident of the city's chances: "We're putting everything in to achieving this as we really think it's Swansea's turn to shine and to be a beacon for culture."

Swansea Council leader, Rob Stewart, said: "We are very excited to have passed this key milestone and I want to thank everyone in the Swansea community who has already taken this important campaign to their heart.

"You only have to look at what the UK City of Culture 2017 has done for Hull to see how valuable this initiative is. 

"The city, its people and its cultural offering have been put on the map."

Phil Redmond, chair of the UK City of Culture panel, added: "The quality, commitment and enthusiasm that came across from the eleven bidders made deciding a shortlist difficult.

"The appetite for using culture to bring about regeneration and to strengthen communities is clearly stronger than ever.''

The winner will be announced in December.