Hull City Council led the bid for UK City of Culture status, securing the title in November 2013 and then setting up the Hull 2017 company to deliver the year on behalf of the city and the nation.

Hosting UK City of Culture 2017 is a key milestone in the delivery of the City Plan and will be a major step forward in achieving one of the Plan’s key ambitions – to make Hull a world-class visitor destination.

The Vision

As UK City of Culture 2017, Hull’s vision is to harness the power of culture to deliver a lasting economic, social and creative legacy for the city, the North and the UK as a whole.

The city has brought together a world-class team to deliver an exciting, diverse and innovative 365-day programme that will bring the best of arts and culture from Hull and across the UK to national and international audiences, putting Hull at the epicenter of cultural activity and debate in the UK.

The Legacy

To secure a lasting legacy from the UK City of Culture title, Hull City Council is leading the delivery of an £80m cultural capital programme that will see city centre streets, open spaces and cultural venues undergo major improvements. This will attract a further £47m in government funding and at least £260m in private sector investment.

Alongside other major developments and changing perceptions of Hull nationally and internationally, this will transform the city, creating jobs and opportunities for local people and a more vibrant visitor economy.

All of these developments and opportunities will be underpinned by a new cultural strategy setting out how Hull will continue to develop the audiences for culture and its cultural and creative industries beyond 2017.

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