Council will use city of culture work as a springboard for the city

Posted on Friday 8th October 2021

Despite not progressing to the next stage in the bid to become UK City of Culture 2025, Newport City Council will use the work that has been done and the partnerships that have been forged for the ongoing benefit of the city.

Councillor Jane Mudd, leader of the council, said: “We are naturally very disappointed that we can’t take our bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 to the next level, but it is definitely not the end of this story.

“We were overwhelmed by the level of support we received from partners and organisations large and small when developing the expression of interest. It just goes to show how passionate people are about our city and that by working together we can achieve even greater things.

“We will use this opportunity as a springboard to further develop our cultural partnerships and wider offering in Newport.

“We haven’t stood still while waiting for this announcement, so we will continue those discussions with the aim of getting many of the exciting projects underway despite not having the added benefits the title would have brought.

“This was always about ensuring people feel good about living, working, visiting and investing in Newport. We still want to seize every opportunity to promote confidence and pride within our communities and to showcase Newport – and I truly feel we are now in a stronger position than ever to do so.”

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