European Capital of Culture in 2023? We may be gearing up to apply in Leeds, but it’s not for Manchester apparently.
An opposition motion going before a meeting of the city’s council tomorrow calls on chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein to draft a report on how Manchester could put together a winning bid.
But, according to a report in today’s Manchester Evening News, the motion is going to be voted down by the ruling Labour Party.
“Labour have been looking into the idea and now claim it would not be worth Manchester’s while bidding for the title,” says the report.
The council’s culture chief Cllr Rosa Battle said it cost Liverpool £2m to bid for the title and around £120m to promote and plan in the build-up to the event, the paper says.
“Such a process is more suitable for lower-profile cities such as Hull, she said, which is Capital of Culture in 2017,” it adds.
“We see Manchester as the UK’s cultural capital anyway and therefore we want to invest in culture year after year,” Battle is quoted as saying.
“We think we are on the right track already – it’s great but it’s more appropriate for smaller cities to bid for to kickstart their cultural regeneration, when we are already at the top of the tier.”
(It appears from the report that either culture czarina Battle or the Manchester Evening News – or both – are a bit confused about the difference between the European Capital of Culture and the UK City of Culture)