D-Day for Dundee culture bid as judges mull over final four cities

Dundee will find out on Wednesday if their bid to be crowned UK City of Culture 2017 is successful.

MSPs supporting Dundee City of Culture bid
Scottish Government, dept of Culture

Dundee will find out on Wednesday if it will be crowned UK City of Culture 2017.

The bid team, lead by the city's leisure and communities director, Stewart Murdoch, will gather in the city centre to hear the news.

Culture minister Maria Miller will announce the winner live on breakfast television at around 7.45am from Westminster.

Dundee are up against Swansea Bay, Leicester and Hull - who all made the final shortlist from fourteen entries, including Aberdeen, in June.

The City of Culture contest, which is run by the UK Government, aims to boost artistic and cultural activities and attract visitors to Britain's cities.

Dundee's bid is the culmination of years of work to put culture at the heart of the regeneration of the city.

It is hoped that the title will bring tourists and investment to the city as well as help create new jobs.

Last Wednesday, the bid team formally presented to a panel of judges in Derry, the current UK City of Culture.

They unveiled plans for a £25m package of major events throughout 2017.

Among the proposals is a festival of football featuring AC Milan and AS Roma and a spectacular light installation spanning the Tay Bridge.

In addition, Scotland’s biggest arts space will be created at DC Thomson’s former print works in West Ward.

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