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Home / News & Opportunities / Blog / March 2017 / CLARE WICHBOLD: HEREFORD CITY OF CULTURE 2021 – WHAT’S GOING ON?

Date: 10/03/2017

Hereford is one of eleven cities bidding for UK City of Culture 2021. The competition takes place every four years, and Hull is the current holder of the title.

Winning City of Culture brings millions of pounds of investment, creates new jobs, and encourages visitors from across the world to the host city and the surrounding area. Just think what a difference this could make to Herefordshire!

It’s important to know that our bid is being mostly led by volunteers from Herefordshire Cultural Partnership - like me - who aren’t getting paid, unlike the other cities where lots of public money is being spent on bidding. The Partnership is predominantly made up of people who work for organisations involved in arts and culture, including the Courtyard, Rural Media, the Cider Museum and Hereford Cathedral, but we are all giving our time for free. Herefordshire Council is also represented on the Partnership and is wholeheartedly backing the bid.

We have to submit our initial application in late April, and then we will find out if we have been shortlisted in the autumn. If you want to find out more, visit the website,, ‘like’ the Facebook page, Hereford City of Culture 2021, and support this fantastic opportunity for Hereford. 

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Clare Wichbold

Member of the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership

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