The launch of Stirling’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 will underpin bold new plans which will draw on the city’s huge array of local talent and amplify it to reach much wider audiences, promoting Stirling as an attractive place to visit, learn, live and work.
The City of Culture bid provides the chance to not only promote Stirling’s cultural strengths, but to further evaluate what challenges are faced and determine how culture can play a role in improving people’s lives through regeneration and growth.
Stirling's wealth of culture
Convenor of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said: “We are confident that Stirling has what it takes to stand out on its own amongst a collaboration of other strong bids, thanks to the cultural offerings we have already delivered, and the ambitious plans we have for our future.
“We want to make Stirling a place where cultural activity and creativity is at the heart of its regeneration, developing a long-term strategy linked to the UK City of Culture Bid with a clear engagement and investment action plan.
“With the huge groundswell of support and passion for culture that flows from our grassroots communities, artists and residents, culture in Stirling will continue to prosper. Through bidding to become UK City of Culture in 2025, this process will provide invaluable experience as we begin an even more ambitious approach to promoting Stirling’s qualities, both culturally and economically.”
UK City of Culture 2025
Stirling prides itself as a place where arts, creativity and culture are recognised as truly transformational to its economy, the future of its communities and the quality of life of all residents.
With a cultural offering that already includes a wide range of festivals, events and cultural programmes, including a strong track record of delivering major events on an international scale, Stirling is at an exciting stage in its cultural development, with plans for the future that will deliver an ambitious programme.
A formal expression of interest in becoming UK City of Culture 2025 has been declared by Scene Stirling, which is a partnership involving all Stirling’s arts, education, heritage and cultural organisations (Artlink Central, Macrobert, The Engine Shed, Creative Stirling, Stirling University, Big Noise, Stirling Smith, Forth Valley College Creative Industries, Go Forth – Business Improvement District and Stirling Council).
Director of Artlink Central, which manages the Place Partnership, Kevin Harrison, said: “Together this partnership has already developed a shared vision that the whole region can get behind and benefit from, and bidding for UK City of Culture status will focus and accelerate our plans.
“Local people and creative organisations have helped us reimagine our offerings that have already delivered a thriving cultural scene for the people of Stirling, and there’s still so much potential for us to grow our cultural profile in a way that is inclusive and accessible for everyone.”