Lancashire’s bid to become City of Culture 2025 needs your help!

Lancashire’s bid to become City of Culture 2025 needs your help!

by Henry James (April 2021)

ORGANISERS of Lancashire’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 is looking for local residents and artists to submit ideas that could become part of their ‘virtual’ campaign.

As reported by the Champion, Lancashire is competing as a whole county in the national event, which is held every four years.

Previously, the competition has only been contested by individual cities, but the Department of Culture Media and Sport has since indicated that a county-wide bid for Lancashire would be welcomed.

It would bring together all the towns and cities across the county, including West Lancashire, to form one virtual city.

Organisers now want to hear from locals about their ideas.

The team will be the first county-scale cultural programme to compete for Cultural City status and the first time a submission will have envisaged a county as one ‘virtual city.’

Debbi Lander, director of ‘Lancashire2025’ said: “This is the first time a county has envisioned itself as a virtual city and this is our first call out to artists, cultural organisations, cultural innovators, social pioneers, curators and producers from Lancashire, the UK and the rest of the world. Our aim is to put together a ground-breaking programme for the Lancashire 2025 bid.

“We are looking for new ideas, high profile events, creative projects and cultural experiences for a location in Lancashire - ideas that will bring our vision to life.”

The programme for Lancashire 2025 will explore the way we live between the real and imagined to create the Virtual City of Lancashire.

Fifteen selected projects will be submitted as part of the Lancashire 2025 Bid and, subject to Lancashire being chosen to be UK’s City of Culture for 2025, will be awarded up to £25,000 development money to research and develop their proposal for potential commissioning from 2022.

Debbi continued: “We are offering up the county as a site for experiment at large scale between real and imagined; inviting proposals around our topics of living, connection, nature and digital.

“We hope to set an international standard for the way we live; illustrating, interrogating and illuminating better, creative and more sustainable ways of living. Help us build the Virtual City of Lancashire.”

Details of how to apply and the application form can be found on and applicants should provide their submission by August 31 2021.

The Lancashire 2025 Bid is due to be submitted to the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), between December 2021 and March 2022.

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