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European Capital of Culture 2023 competition launched

Liverpool was European Capital of Culture in 2008 Liverpool was European Capital of Culture in 2008
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A nationwide competition has been launched to find the UK city that will be named European Capital of Culture in 2023.

The winning city will benefit from increased investment, the government said, adding that it would lead to new jobs and a boost for the local economy.

The UK has hosted the European Capital of Culture twice before – in Glasgow in 1990 and Liverpool in 2008.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley said: “This Government is committed to building an economy that works for everyone, so all parts of the United Kingdom can benefit from economic growth and prosperity.

“Celebrating the cultural heritage and innovation in Britain’s cities is part of our plan for an outward-looking, globally minded and dynamic country.”

She reiterated that, while the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, it is not leaving Europe.

“We want that relationship to reflect the kind of mature, cooperative relationship that close friends and allies enjoy,” she said.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will run the European Capital of Culture competition process for the UK competition.

A cross-EU panel of experts will select the winning UK city to hold the ECoC title.

The winning UK city will be announced by the end of 2018.

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