Hull is a city redefining its role in the North.
As City of Culture 2017, it's curating four 'seasons' to challenge perceptions and breed confidence. With those four seasons alone - Made in Hull, Roots and Routes, Freedom, Tell the World - the bar has been set high.
In three months' time Herefordshire will submit its own bid to become City of Culture 2021 and, in shaping that bid, has annouced its own four themes:
- Food Culture
- Light + Dark
- Urban + Rural
- Maps + Borders
No question we're in the midst of a mini food revolution thanks to a new generation of restaurant owners, festival organisers and food/drink champions.
Maps + Borders is a nod to the Mappa Mundi at a time when crossing borders is a political act and the global refugee crisis shows no sign of slowing.
At the January meeting of the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership (a cohort of organisations behind the bid), Hereford College of Arts principal Abigail Appleton said the Light + Dark theme reflected Herefordshire's unfettered access to a clear nights sky, while Urban + Rural played on our position as one of the most rural counties in the UK.
The formal bid will be submitted on April 10, with the winner announced at the end of 2017.
The next Herefordshire Cultural Partnership networking event will be held at The Courtyard, Hereford, on Monday, February 20 from 6pm. Book tickets here.
There will then be an open forum in Kington on Wednesday, February 22 at 5pm (venue to be announced). Anyone interested in organising a bid event is asked to email email@example.com.