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Sunderland shortlisted!

16th July 2017

We are delighted that Sunderland has made it through to the next stage of the UK City of Culture competition, along with Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-On-Trent and Swansea.

This is fantastic news for the city and the support, ideas and contributions from people across the region have all helped get them to this stage.

Rebecca Ball, Director of Sunderland 2021 said, "It is a big endorsement of the vision, ambition and talent in Sunderland, but there is still much to be done to prepare for the next stage of the competition. Sunderland will be required to submit a second stage bid in early Autumn, with the winner announced later in the year.

"Winning this title would put Sunderland firmly in the cultural spotlight, kick starting a period of growth and investment, and creating a calendar of exciting cultural and artistic events that the whole region can be proud of."

Paul Callaghan of the MAC Trust and also Chair of Live Theatre, said: “Confidence in Sunderland has never been higher.  As a city, we are brimming with a pride and passion that runs in our veins.  Like so many people from Sunderland, I am immensely proud of our city and I do think we have a great chance of bringing this accolade to Sunderland in 2021.

 “Reaching the final of this competition is absolutely incredible, and is huge testament to the Sunderland 2021 team, all of those who have worked alongside them to develop the first-stage bid, and most importantly, to the people of Sunderland and the North East, whose enthusiasm has shone through since we announced our intention to go for this title.  

“We’ll need more of the same to ensure we are front of mind when the judges come to select a winning city, so we’ll celebrate that we have been shortlisted today, and the hard work will begin again tomorrow.”

NGCV are supporting Sunderland 2021 and you can keep updated with the latest news and how you can support Sunderland 2021 on their website here

Click here for their reaction to getting onto the shortlist


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