Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has announced that 29 cities and areas have expressed an interest in bidding for the UK Capital of Culture in 2013. Brighton & Hove, which bid in the last round won by Liverpool, might enter the race again.
The winner, which will be announced next spring by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, will host a number of major national cultural events and put on a year-long programme of its own.
The candidates are: Aberdeen, Barnsley, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Carlisle, Chester, Chichester, Chorley Council, Bath, Cornwall, County Durham, Derby, Derry City, Gloucester and Cheltenham, Hull, Ipswich and Haven Gateway, Leicester City, Manchester, Norwich, Oxford, Pennine Lancashire, Reading, Sheffield, "The Countryside", Urban South Hampshire and Wakefield. And one other city which, oddly, didn’t want to be named.
Brighton & Hove has many of the strengths that would be needed to win but the city was not seen in its best light last time round because the judging panel visited two days after a Fat Boy Slim concert on the beach which took the city by surprise because 250,000 people turned up when only 60,000 were expected.
The streets, and especially the beach, were still being cleaned when the panel arrived to see for themselves what the city had to offer.
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