Conwy County Council is set to make a ‘spectacular’ bid for the four-yearly honour of becoming the UK’s City of Culture. Conwy will be the flagship town of the scheme, with Llandudno and Colwyn Bay also set to play a major part, North Wales Live reports.
The council hopes to celebrate the vibrant cultural life and rich heritage of the area, which has already attracted worldwide media attention over the past year. TV series I’m a Celebrity was successfully relocated to Gwrych Castle near Abergele, gaining an international audience.
The NHS Choir performed Bridge Over Troubled Water at the temporary Covid field hospital at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, which went viral around the world when Paul Simon posted a video on Facebook, calling the performance ‘extraordinary’. Meanwhile, the goats of Llandudno also became a worldwide hit for their antics during lockdown.
Conwy Council culture spokesman Cllr Mark Baker said: “It’s an exciting opportunity for the county and region to come together in the post-Covid recovery. We are aiming for this 2025 date which is set by UK Government and we want to give something back to our communities and tourists.”
The current honour is held by Coventry, but for the first time, the criteria has extended to include areas, cities, or communities across the country to apply for 2025 status. Conwy’s 13th century castle and walls are a Unesco World Heritage site, and will be at the centrepiece of the bid.
The council aims to boost the region’s cultural and tourism profile, which is already burgeoning, thanks to the hugely popular outdoor adventure sector, and packed national and international events schedule.
Visits to shortlisted destinations will take place by the advisory panel early next year, and the winner will be announced in May.
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