Hull named UK Capital of Culture for 2017

Hull named UK Capital of Culture for 2017

Hull has been named the next City of Culture in the UK, and will follow the 2013 City of Culture, Londonderry in assuming the role in 2017.

The city, known as the home of poet Phillip Larkin, beat Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay for the right to hold the title.

Hull is also known for the Ferens gallery and the Truck theatre.

The national UK government chooses a new destination every four years, with the aim of helping tourism and the economy.

Culture secretary Maria Miller praised the decision and said “Hull deserved to win”.

Ministers created the UK City of Culture title in an attempt to replicate the success of Liverpool’s year as the European Capital of Culture in 2008.

However, the winner does not receive direct funding from the UK government.

A statement from Hull City Council said: “Inspired by Larkin’s poem Days, the ambition is for each day of Hull 2017 to make a difference to a life in the city, the UK and the world.”

VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford welcomed the news.

He said: “It is fantastic that Hull has been chosen as the UK City of Culture 2017.

“Hull is rich in maritime heritage. 

“This cultural badge of honour is a tremendous opportunity for Hull to thrive as a tourist destination and attract important inward investment, and VisitEngland looks forward to helping with this.

“I wish Hull all the best in maximising the potential of the city’s cultural heritage and look forward to the many celebrations and events to come as a result.”