Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in partnership with Cornwall Council is to bid for the title of City of Culture 2025.
Building on the success of the G7 summit of world leaders in Carbis Bay which placed Cornwall in the global spotlight, the LEP said winning would put the UK’s cultural focus on the far South West for a year.
A joint bid for 2025 will be coordinated with the backing of a groups of towns, local organisations and leading figures including national Tate director Maria Balshaw, the Eden Project, Falmouth University, Hall for Cornwall, Newlyn Art and The Exchange Gallery.
The winner of the four-yearly contest will follow Coventry, which expects a £110m investment dividend from being this year’s host.
Actor, comedian and author Ms French, who lives in Cornwall and is chancellor of Falmouth University, said: “Cornwall is a place of huge creativity and culture and while it might seem strange that a rural area is bidding for City of Culture, it is usual for Cornwall to be challenging perceptions and rewriting the rules.”
LEP chief executive Glenn Caplin-Grey said: “Over the past few days Cornwall has been in the global spotlight and being able to showcase our creativity through City of Culture 2025 would be a brilliant legacy.”
The proposed title of the Cornwall bid is Outside Culture, recognising that much of Cornwall’s cultural distinctiveness is driven by its landscape, and takes place outdoors.
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