Published: Friday, 8th October 2021

The Leader of Medway Council has issued a statement following the news that Medway has not been longlisted in the UK City of Culture 2025 competition.

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “Although we are disappointed Medway did not make the longlist for UK City of Culture 2025 I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved.

“The City of Culture bid process has highlighted how much Medway has to be proud of, including our extraordinarily talented creatives. The work the Bid team has done over the past 18 months has helped to establish new partnerships both within the creative industry and with residents and brought the wider community even closer together. The competition has shone a spotlight on Medway, all that we have to offer and what we are capable of when we come together.

“Our cultural journey does not end here. Indeed – this is just the start. We have an impressive Cultural Strategy in place and we will continue to build on the momentum, energy and great work of the bid team and I have no doubt that Medway will be internationally recognised for its creativity and culture by 2030. We will continue to celebrate our diversity, resilience and creativity and the effect it has on our everyday lives. Watch this space.

“We wish the longlisted areas the best of luck in the competition and look forward to seeing their year in 2025.”

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