Together let’s raise the bar on our ambition
#Wrecsam2025 (our #tag)
Becoming UK City of Culture 2025
- UK City of Culture is a competition run by DCMS – UK department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
- UK City of Culture and City Status bids are two completely different competitions.
- This is the first time that UK City of Culture bid has been open to non-cities, allowing towns and regions to apply-so we jumped at the chance
- Wrexham’s bid covers the entire county, not just the town
- Wrexham is the only region in Wales through to the longlist of areas competing for UK City of Culture 2025 title.
- The next stage of the UK City of Culture competition is in February when a further submission will take place to the judges – the finalists will then shrink from 8 to 3…but our ultimate goal is to progress even further and win this competition for Wrexham!
- Winning the competition would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for a transformational change, bringing investment, jobs, pride and an international audience to see how awesome we are- as well as having a long lasting legacy once our year of hosting is finished.
- Our #Wrecsam2025 logo ‘colour splash’ represents coal dust as a nod to our industrial past, while the colours used are to represent the vibrancy and diversity of every single one of us who lives, works and plays in Wrexham.
- Our logo also prominently features the Welsh spelling of ‘Wrecsam’ – We’re Welsh, We speak Welsh, and always encourage its use.
- We’re encouraging individuals to share their experiences of what they think’s awesome about Wrexham by using the #tag #Wrecsam2025
- This could really be an “I was there” moment for the region.
- Wrexham will be seen as a region to invest before, during and after hosting both from outside investment, and within Wrexham.
- Wrexham and surrounding areas will see a boost in tourism as a result.
- Our regions covid recovery will be assisted with increased footfall for the county and in the town centre
- Being hosts of UK City of Culture 2025 will further raise our international profile
- Hull saw investment of around £219million as hosts in 2017, as well as generating 800 jobs as a direct result of hosting
- Wrexham will be the UK focus for culture.
- We’ll raise the bar on our ambitions creating positive changes in the perception of Wrexham both domestically, and to the world.
- It’s our chance to show the world who we are and what we are made of- hosting will lead to increased community engagement and social inclusion
- Previous winners have hosted The Mobo Awards, Turner Art Prize and the Radio 1’s big weekend
- Wrexham winning would mean the award would come to Wales for the first time
- A Wrexham City of Culture 2025 bid team has been set up by Wrexham County Borough Council and they are working hard on the next stage of the bid.
- There will be further community engagement, consultation and events.
- If successful, a standalone trust will be set up to run Wrexham City of Culture
- Our bid is based on 6 areas of focus:
- The centre of trade & events in North Wales;
- The UK “Capital of Play”;
- Home of football in Wales;
- Leaders in innovation;
- Welsh language and heritage; and
- Evolving cultural diversity.
Derry/Londonderry 2013 (First participants)
Hull : 2017
Coventry 2021-22 (Current holders)
2025 – Fingers Crossed Wrexham!