124870 - European Capital of Culture: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Owen Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what support her Department provided to the joint bid by Belfast City Council and Derry and Strabane District Council to be named European Capital of Culture.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Belfast City Council, working in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, submitted a bid to become the UK’s host for European Capital of Culture in 2023. While the Department has not been involved in that council-led process, the UK Government is disappointed with the European Commission’s actions in discontinuing the competition and will seek further dialogue on this issue. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is continuing to work closely with the five cities that submitted bids.