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Passion of City of Culture bid is set to live on

THE next stage in harnessing the passion and energy of Swansea's City of Culture 2021 bid takes a big step forward on Friday with a debrief and consultation session at the city's Grand Theatre

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More than 100 people from a range of different organisations as well as members of the public will be participating in the event that aims to make the most of the principles, commitment and creativity which was galvanised by the bid campaign process.

The 2021 bid team want to share the learning and continue to work together and with the wider community, to redirect this energy into a new cultural strategy for the city that ensures culture remains a priority in the exciting city centre regeneration and development plans for the Bay Region.

Already the Welsh Government has thrown its weight behind Swansea's ambition to be a city of culture in the years ahead.

And the city's status as a host for world class, high profile cultural events, has also been boosted by news of the Radio One Biggest Weekend in May, as well as September's 'Now the Hero', a large-scale arts event in and around the city centre, which is part of the UK wide Now14-18 programme.

Robert Francis Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said the purpose of Friday's event at the Grand Theatre was to share feedback from the bid team on the process and the formal feedback from DCMS and the judging panel on the bid, so that we can learn from the experience, consider what Swansea needs to focus on for the future, and move forward.  

He added: "We were clear that if we missed out on the UK 2021 title, we would revert to the plan and sustain the partnerships and profile it opened up. Major projects like the digital indoor arena forming part of the Swansea Central development will also still be going ahead, with construction due to start later this year."

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