We have submitted an expression of interest to bid for the UK City of Culture 2025 competition with the aim of securing the title for the whole of County Durham, including the city of Durham.
We want to be at the centre of the nation’s cultural life in 2025 and to make sure that people from across the county and beyond reap the benefits that this status would bring.
Culture has long been the beating heart of life in Durham. Our communities are built on the strong foundations of industry, a tradition of independence and the desire to come together to celebrate and create. Our heritage is the source of our present day pride, our innovative spirit and our ambition for the future.
Durham is home to breath-taking landscapes, outstanding cultural attractions, unparalleled grassroots sport, world-first heritage, spectacular events, world class research and a growing sector of artists, entrepreneurs and creatives that help make it all happen.
And we believe that culture belongs to everyone – we are equally proud of our internationally recognised festivals and heritage, as well as the culture we create in our daily lives.
Success would place our local communities, and our international cultural ambitions, at the heart of a year-long programme of events and activities that would lead to a long-term boost for our economy, our people and our cultural infrastructure.
We already have such a lot planned for Durham – the additional attention and investment that UK City of Culture status brings, would provide a catalyst that has a lasting impact on our future.
Durham is the county where everything happens, and this is our time to show just why it is the source of our spirit and our inspiration.