The UK government has announced the launch of the latest round of the UK City of Culture 2025 competition. The Leader of Medway Council is backing Medway's bid.
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “I am delighted that the competition to find the next UK City of Culture 2025 has now launched. We proudly announced Medway’s aspiration to bid for the prestigious title at Rochester Castle in July 2019 and since then many of Medway’s residents, businesses and partners have helped shape our bid. Our ambition is to become the first place in the south-east to win the title of UK City of Culture.
“We have a bold and ambitious vision for the future of Medway and we believe that culture plays a pivotal part in making this vision a reality, inspiring our communities.
“We are very proud of Medway’s rich heritage and our thriving cultural and creative sector; winning UK City of Culture 2025 would allow us to write a new and exciting chapter in Medway’s history. In particular, it would give our young people the opportunity to shape what we do, create a legacy of opportunities for all our residents, bring significant benefits to Medway and the wider Kent area and showcase all we have to offer.
“We have an impressive Cultural Strategy in place and by 2030 we want Medway to be internationally recognised for its creativity and culture, bringing positive benefits to everyone’s everyday lives. We want to celebrate the diversity, resilience and creativity of all our residents, and appreciate how culture enriches our daily lives.
“The City of Culture bid will further establish Medway as a great place where people are proud to live, work, learn and visit and there is so much to be proud of.
“In the meantime, we wish our friends in Coventry a very successful year for their UK City of Culture 2021 and we look forward to watching all the fantastic events and activities they have planned.”