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Swansea enlists help of a very special guest to deliver bid for UK City of Culture 2021

Swansea's bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 has been hand delivered to judges at the UK Government's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in London by one of Wales' most renowned actors.

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Hollywood actor and Twin Town star, Rhys Ifans, appeared live on screen from London as part of a send-off event held at Swansea's National Waterfront Museum this evening (Thursday, 28th September).

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With digital being at the heart of Swansea's bid and cultural strategy, the gathering, which included a wide cross section of the Swansea community, saw the bid delivered on a memory stick by two of the leading lights of Swansea's young creative talent; musician, Ify Iwobi and dancer, Richard Nkhata. Both youngsters then had the honour of pressing 'send', after which a giant screen showed an animation of the bid's digital journey to London where Rhys Ifans was waiting outside the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in Parliament Street.

Leader of Swansea Council, Cllr Rob Stewart, said: "Swansea has really come together to get behind the bid for UK City of Culture 2021. It's been great to see people of all ages and backgrounds turning out to send it on its way to London. We are Wales' cultural capital and the whole of Swansea really wants this. It's good to see the leaders of all political parties come to the event to give their backing too. This really is a bid about Swansea, its people, its ambitions and its place in the UK and world. Having everyone's support like this - from the public, from key local organisations, from businesses and from the media - is incredible. Of course, having Rhys Ifans helping us deliver the bid is the icing on the cake.

"Winning cities hold a year-long cultural celebration backed by significant investment from a range of UK bodies including Welsh Government, will enable us to get the infrastructure in place to be an outstanding host city. We are now the Welsh bid, we are representing Wales in the UK and all of our efforts are focused upon winning the UK City of Culture 2021 title so we can deliver very real investment that could transform our city and will deliver a lasting legacy for the people of Swansea. People talk about Swansea needing more investment, more jobs, more opportunities, more people, more tourists - being City of Culture will help do that."

Tracey McNulty, Head of Culture for Swansea Council, said: "A lot of hard work has gone into this bid. We have to convince the Panel that we can deliver real opportunities for our residents, improving skills, jobs and health - but also that we can host the best of the UK's cultural offer here in Swansea, in our own unique way. In the first bid we described the kinds of community programmes we would develop, and in this stage, the higher profile headline events. All of them together make for hundreds of activities and there will be something for everyone. If we win, the real work begins the day after the December announcement, until then we must keep showing the judges that we want it, we need it and can deliver it! Please back our bid by following 'Swansea2021' on Facebook and being part of our conversation."


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