Every four years the government awards the title of UK City of Culture. It has had a transformational impact on previous host cities, securing millions of pounds of investment and acting as a catalyst for creative place-making and culture-led regeneration. Now Lancashire joins a number of cities and areas competing for the 2025 title

Lancashire is a network of urban centres surrounded by areas of countryside, swathes of coastline and extensive rural hinterland (covering an area of 3,075 Km2 which is twice the size of Greater London) and an area of considerable geographic, demographic and political diversity.

Tony Attard, Chair of Lancashire 2025, said. “From the very beginning we were focused on constructing a bid that would include the whole of Lancashire, not focus in on just one urban centre and then try to spread the impact out into the rest of the county. Lancashire is 80% rural, with 137 miles of coastline, assets that add immense value to our cultural landscape and that we want to emphasise, not underplay. We also have significant urban centres, all of which have their own distinct identities, none of which dominate in scale and again, each one with assets that will add weight to our bid.”

Debbi Lander, Bid Director of Lancashire 2025 said. “We invite you to share this video and sign the bid by adding your own name to our roll-call.  We believe that together we will win the competition for Lancashire and celebrate City of Culture right here in 2025.”

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