Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea have been revealed as the five places shortlisted to become UK City of Culture in 2021.
Arts minister John Glen announced the five bids  that will go on to the next stage of the competition, chosen from a total of 11 entrants.
The winning location will follow in the footsteps of Derry-Londonderry and Hull, which is host city for 2017.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has estimated that the City of Culture has boosted Hull’s local economy by £60 million across the year, and nine out of 10 Hull residents have attended or taken part in a cultural event in the city as part of the 2017 celebrations.
Announcing the shortlist, Glen said: “We have received strong bids from across the UK and now have a fantastic shortlist of five that reflect the diversity and cultural ambition of our towns and cities.
”The strength of the competition showed us how valuable our cultural assets are to our towns, boosting tourism and jobs in local communities. I have seen first hand how Hull has embraced its status as City of Culture 2017, and how beneficial it has been for the area. I am looking forward to seeing what will come in 2021.”
The shortlisted areas will now submit a final bid, by the end of September, with the winner being announced in December.