Keeping the City of Culture Bid Alive

Following the news that the EU Commission would no longer be accepting bids from UK cities for the European Capital Culture 2023, myself and Iain Stewart MP have upped the fight to keep hopes of hosting the award alive.

The news emerged on Thursday last week after UK Ministers received a letter from the European Union Commission stating, that due to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, they would no longer be considering the bids from UK Cities. That is despite the award previously being given to Bergen in Norway and Istanbul in Turkey, neither of which are EU members.

Milton Keynes was among five UK cities who had spent considerable time and resources in putting bids together.

This morning (27th Nov), we were among the names in a joint letter sent by all MPs of the bidding cities to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley.

The letter calls on the Secretary of State to find an urgent resolution. The letter explains:

“The Capital of Culture bidding process has given our great cities the perfect platform to showcase what they have to offer Europe and the rest of the world. It is very disappointing that those involved are denying our cities this opportunity to help boost jobs and grow our economies because of Brexit.”

“…Politics should not interfere with what is in many ways an event intended to bridge cultural and political divides.”