Wrexham County Borough, along with Bradford, County Durham, and Southampton, has been shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2025.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries selected the four places. Followed by a team of experts led by Sir Phil Redmond, who provided impartial advice to the government.
The finalists were narrowed down to eight excellent longlist applications. From a record 20 original proposals. Which included Cornwall, Derby, Stirling, and Armagh City, as well as Banbridge and Craigavon.
All bidders were required to describe how they planned to use culture to grow and improve their communities. Along with explaining how they planned to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic’s effects.
Winning the coveted title has numerous advantages, including drawing millions of pounds in additional revenue.
There are hundreds of events encouraging long-term participation in the arts and local tourism growth.
This could be a year in the spotlight for the artists.
“I am very happy to see Wrexham on the shortlist for UK City of Culture 2025,” Welsh Secretary Simon Hart stated.
The bid has done an incredible job representing Wales by reaching the final four amid such stiff competition.
“Wrexham already has a lot to be proud of. Along with Wrexham FC being one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and T Pawb being an award-winning culture and arts destination.
However, if the county is successful, the title of UK City of Culture will open up a whole range of options. I wish them all the best.”
This was a tough competition, with a record 20 original applications and eight great longlist candidates. Thus, this win is a great tribute to the region’s creative talent. I’m excited to see what Wrexham County Borough’s bid has in store for the future.”
Meanwhile, upon hearing the news, the leader of the City of Culture steering group also congratulated. “This is excellent news for Wrexham,” said Joanna Swash.
We’ve had a lot of support from local and national businesses and community organizations for our bid. Additionally, Moneypenny is very proud of its strong roots, and there is a lot of them.
“Our City of Culture team has been working hard behind the scenes to get us to this position,” Amanda Davies, lead for the Wrexham City of Culture bid team,
“However, it’s the Wrexham community involvement and participation that will get us so over the line and win this competition.”
In addition to, we’ve got a number of community-run events coming up in the next few months. In order to promote the campaign.