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Perth Is The Place – Perth2021 Video

Perth is the Place

Perth is bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021

UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city in the United Kingdom every five years by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The winning city enjoys significant economic and social benefits. The UK City of Culture is expected to deliver a high quality cultural programme that builds and expends on local strengths and reaches a wide audience. It should create an economic impact and be a catalyst for regeneration as well as contributing to community cohesion and health and wellbeing. Cities submit a bid document to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in April 2017. A shortlist is published and the final winner is announced by the end of 2017.

What is Perth’s bid about?

The bid is based on three key themes:

  • A great, green city, celebrating Perth’s place at the heart of a rural community
  • Connections, emphasising the city’s role as a meeting place and melting pot, as well as the rivers that link the area together
  • A city of light, drawing on the city’s heritage as a catalyst for creativity and ideas

How can I get involved?

We are asking people across Perth and Kinross to tell us about culture in the area to help to inform our bid. Tell us on our social media accounts @perth2021 and on Facebook as Perth 2021 or find us at one of our forthcoming community roadshows.

We will take people’s answers and suggestions and use them to build a programme of arts and cultural activity right across the Perth and Kinross area. This will start with a Community Cultural Celebration in Perth on 20 November.

Meanwhile, we are looking for Pioneers – people involved in arts and culture locally – to be featured on social media and to help us put together a promotional film. If you would like to nominate a Pioneer, simply email with their contact details.

You can also show your support on social media by following our Twitter feed @Perth2021 and liking our Facebook page Perth 2021. Upload a ‘connected selfie’ and help to spread the word that Perth is the place! Stay up to date with events and activities by

What else will be happening?

  • We have requested to loan the Stone of Scone – the iconic Stone of Destiny – for display in Perth
  • We have commissioned a ‘digital tapestry’ interactive visual display
  • We will be developing a Young Heritage Ambassadors programme
  • We will have a programme of cultural involvement in schools, including poster design, costume design and musical composition projects
  • We are re-developing Perth Museum and Art gallery as an exciting new display space
  • We will be opening a new cultural attraction in Perth City Hall focussed on Perthshire’s iconic modern Scots
  • We are refurbishing and extending Perth Theatre to restore the Edwardian auditorium and add a studio theatre and community space

Who is involved?

The bid is led by Perth & Kinross Council and includes input from Culture Perth and Kinross, Horsecross Arts and other local partners.

Why bid?

Winning the bid would encourage visitors and give the city and the surrounding area a significant economic boost. Over 1 million people visited Derry-Londonderry during its City of Culture year and it is estimated that being UK City of Culture 2017 will deliver a £60 million boost to Hull in that year alone. But the process of developing the bid is valuable in itself: it brings together people and organisations to create a cultural programme that will have a lasting legacy, regardless of the outcome of the bid.


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