Disappointment as Northumberland misses out bid to become City of Culture 2025

By Maria Cassidy

Northumberland has missed out on its bid for the 2025 City of Culture, it has been announced.

It was revealed in July that the Borderlands Partnership, made up of Northumberland, Cumbria, Carlisle City, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, put a 'unique' bid to be culture capital.

However, today the Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced the eight locations making the longlist with the Borderlands Partnership missing out.

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The bid was submitted by South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) on behalf of the five local authority areas.

SOSE Chair, Professor Russel Griggs OBE, and Chair of the Borderlands City of Culture Steering Group said: “While disappointed that we have not made the 2025 UK City of Culture longlist, it has still been a thoroughly worthwhile exercise.

“It has helped showcase our passion and ambition to the rest of the country, particularly around the twin crisis of biodiversity loss and climate change.

“We pass on our congratulations and good luck to those areas and places who successfully made the 2025 UK City of Culture longlist.”

The Borderlands bid was one of 20 areas or places which entered the national competition in July 2021, with a total of eight making the longlist.

County Durham was among the eight locations selected from the 20 bidding locations and now has until January 2022 to finalise its bid.

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