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find out how you can be involved

Bidding for Sunderland to be the UK City of Culture 2021 will be a very exciting journey and there are plenty of ways you can become involved and experience culture.

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About our Bid

what are we doing to be selected

The City of Culture launch event officially kicked off a programme of events which will span the two years to the submission of the final City of Culture bid in 2017 and beyond.

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We really believe in our ability to win the City of Culture status, but we equally recognise that being part of the process is something that will deliver huge benefits to Sunderland.The arts and culture scene has provided the city’s creative heartbeat for generations – it was once home to Venerable Bede; it remains the glass making capital of the country; it is a city that gave the world light – the birthplace of Joseph Swan. And today, it remains a city that is a shining light of warmth – a city that moves to its own beat.”

Paul Callaghan
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Events

what’s on and where

There is always something to see and do in Sunderland. Discover a wide range of events and festivals perfect for anyone from families to students, many of which are free! The arts and culture scene in Sunderland has provided the city’s creative heartbeat for generations and we are showing no signs of changing!

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About Sunderland

what makes us a uk city of culture

The City of Culture launch event officially kicked off a programme of events which will span the two years to the submission of the final City of Culture bid in 2017 and beyond.

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