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Tay Cities Region Loses Out on UK City of Culture 2025 Shortlisting

The Perth and Kinross Council, alongside three other authorities, but the Tay Cities Region forward for the UK City of Culture 2025, however, they did not make the shortlist.

Now the four authorities are looking at how they can collaborate in the future to connect their cultural ties despite the news from the UK Government’s Department for Culture’s decision not to include them in the shortlist.

The three other authorities include the Fife Council, Dundee City Council and Angus Council.

Perth & Kinross Council leader Murray Lyle said: “Although we’re disappointed not to be through to the final round, the four local authorities have taken this opportunity to create stronger links between the cultural organisations and creative individuals, fostering a new understanding of our strengths and strategic aims and developing some exciting projects which we will continue to plan for. 

“These will help make Perth and Kinross and the wider Tay Cities region an even better place to live and work.”

Now 40 people from cultural sectors across the region are meeting to talk about their ideas and how to collaborate in future.

Dundee City Council leader John Alexander added: “We should be really proud of the Tay City Region’s fantastic cultural offering. It has already delivered much in terms of helping to harness the area’s social and economic potential and will continue to do so in the years ahead.

“While it would have been great to take forward a City of Culture bid, our collective ambition is undiminished. With major developments to come like The Eden Project here in Dundee, we’ve got lots to look forward to.”

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