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Perth Bid to Become 2021 City of Culture

Perth has launched its campaign to become the UK City of Culture in 2021. The city is the latest to bid for the title - Paisley, Coventry, Sunderland and Stoke-on-Trent have already announced their plans. Milton Keynes and Cardiff are also said to be interested in bidding.

The winning city would host a number of high-profile cultural events and could see a multi-million pound boost to the local economy.

Community involvement in Perth will be supported by :
The quest to loan the Stone of Scone - the iconic Stone of Destiny - for display in Perth
The major new commission of a 'digital tapestry' interactive visual history display
A Young Heritage Ambassadors programme - Projects which celebrate and record the experiences of rural, dispersed and migrant communities

Graphic on the right is a sculpture of the "Fair Maid of Perth" a character made famous by the novel by Sir Walter Scott. Perth has a large number of sculptures and statues around the city. In addition to the usual museums and galleries there is a gallery dedicated to the works of a pioneer of modern art, Scottish Colourist J.D. Fergusson (1874-1961).

Provost Liz Grant said, "We want to give everybody in Perth and Kinross the chance to take part in culture and creative learning, connecting our rural and urban communities through inspiring arts programmes which bring people and places together. We have such a fantastic wealth of culture and heritage here: I can't wait to showcase it to the world. The bid will allow us to cultivate new talent and make the area a place where artists, creative industries and business innovation can flourish."

A flash mob and a performance by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers were part of the recent launch event as the Rock Pipers pushed aside a traditional piper to give their own style of playing pipes and drums.. See YouTube. But don't miss the other Culture bid videos that follows on - including another wonderful Red Hot Chilli Pipers performance on YouTube

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August 2016

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