Dundee loses Capital of Culture Bid

Image source: DC Thomson
Tay Bridge, Dundee – Image source: DC Thomson

By Hamza Jabir

Dundee has lost its bid to be crowned UK Capital of Culture for 2017, losing out to Hull. The city’s council had invested heavily in the bid and could have expected as much as £80 million worth of tourism income alone had it been successful.

The city had hoped its proposed £25 million year-long programme of events, including a festival of football and light installation spanning the Tay bridge would bring the title to the city in just over three years time.

Bid Director Stewart Murdoch confessed to being ‘brokenhearted’ at the defeat, but was quick to highlight several positives to be taken from the campaign.

He said: “I don’t think the work has been wasted. It carries Dundee forward and has raised its profile and aspirations, and that’s the best thing from a disappointing outcome for us.

“I think a lot of the events will still go ahead. Obviously, the large-scale ‘big bangs’ wont happen, but I think the commitment to culture has been bought into by the private sector and the council and the universities and we’re going to continue to put culture at the centre of the city for a generation.”

Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop took to twitter express a positive outlook despite the disappointment.

Hyslop said: “Dundee has already embarked on a pioneering journey that uses culture and creativity to promote regeneration and tackle wider social issues in a range of innovative ways.

“A city rooted in culture and heritage, Dundee not only cherishes its diverse heritage and traditions, but also seeks further opportunities to share, celebrate and regenerate, and I am confident that its cultural journey is well on track to continue.”