Published: 2nd Jan 2019

A group of Labour MPs have signed an open letter to the culture minister calling for a new UK Town of Culture award to run alongside the UK City of Culture, which they believe will regenerate local areas and high streets, create new jobs and bring communities together. Towns can currently apply for the City of Culture award, which is awarded every four years, but since 2013 only one town has made the shortlist. The open letter says small towns are ‘simply not equipped’ to contend against major cities in a bidding process which they say disqualifies parts of the country that are rich with cultural history and heritage. The MPs envisage a year-long programme of cultural activities and events which they believe would generate new investment, footfall and national recognition for the towns involved, and would provide the opportunity for communities to be ‘creative, ambitious and to celebrate the best … (To read the full article, subscribe below)