Derby to bid for City of Culture

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Derby will put its rich and vibrant heritage at the centre of a bid to become City of Culture 2025.

The city’s bid will unite communities, organisations and businesses, and through city-wide collaboration, effort and focus, Derby City council says the bid will act as a springboard for culture-led regeneration in the city.

Commenting on the announcement Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums, said:  “For over three hundred years Derby has been a centre for creativity, experimentation and making. Here, on the banks of the Derwent, the industrial revolution first took hold, fuelled by the ideas of scientific discovery and enlightenment. That legacy resonates today as a city that is global in outlook committed to economic innovation.

“Every citizen has the right to participate in cultural life. It helps define who we are and our place in the world. It provides citizens with the agency to create and contribute to making the places where they live. Being inspired by a rich cultural life unlocks individual ambition and generates a sense of collective joy.”

A history of making and creativity sits alongside Derby’s diverse cultural community and organisations that have worked together to create many vibrant events including Festé, Format, Derby

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