UK City of Culture 2017

UK City of Culture 2017

Gosschalks joins the list of leading businesses supporting Hull’s ambitious UK City of Culture bid by signing up as a Hull 2017 Business Angel.

The Hull 2017 Business Angels is a group of leading local businesses and organisations who have stepped up to the plate to pledge financial support towards Hull’s City of Culture pitch, and to further demonstrate to the judging panel that Hull’s bid really does have wings.

Organised by the City of Culture bid team, the Business Angels campaign will strengthen the city’s case by adding further support to the ambitious and wide-ranging plans that will be presented to the judging panel by Hull’s bid team when they travel to Derry on 14th November. 

Eleven cities originally entered the running for the UK City of Culture 2017 title and Hull is now competing with Swansea Bay, Leicester and Dundee after becoming a Candidate City and reaching the final four.

As Hull 2017 Angels, the companies involved have committed to donating sponsorship for Hull’s City of Culture programme over four years, starting from 2014.  The scheme was launched at a recent breakfast meeting held by Hull Bondholders and is already close to achieving its target of attaining a total of 20 Angels.

Gosschalks Business Development Director, Steve Savage, said: “All of the partners and staff at Gosschalks are delighted that the firm has been able to throw its support behind Hull’s 2017 City of Culture Bid by joining the Business Angels group. We continue to be very impressed by the way Hull’s bid is being handled and by the positivity the campaign has stimulated within our city. As a local business and an active member of the Hull Bondholder scheme, we believe that campaigns like this one should receive the support they so richly deserve - we’re very pleased to be involved.”

Jon Pywell, the City Lead for the Bid, said: “We’ve received tremendous support so far for the bid from people and organisations in the area, and it’s fantastic to receive even more support from the business community. Being the UK City of Culture would deliver significant economic impact for the region, and in signing up to the bid’s Hull 2017 Angels initiative, organisations are also helping to support the cultural regeneration of the city.”

Bondholders Chair, Peter Aarosin, said: “We are delighted that the breakfast meeting really galvanised the business community in support of the bid and that so many of our member companies have stepped up to the plate. The bid to become City of Culture 2017 offers an unprecedented opportunity to transform the image of the city, stimulate the cultural and creative sectors and attract significant investment.”

A sneak preview of some of the programme highlights for Hull 2017 have been released, including plans for a magnificent 'Four Rivers' opening ceremony and an aerial spectacular at the city's iconic tidal barrier. As UK City of Culture is a competitive process, the majority of Hull's programme remains under wraps as the bidding process continues throughout the forthcoming weeks. If Hull wins, further details will be released throughout the build-up to Hull 2017 as programme plans are firmed up.

The Hull 2017 Angels donations will form part of a £15m budget for the city's proposed programme, alongside local authority budget linked to the ten-year City Plan plus additional funding from grant giving organisations, such as the Arts Council, the private sector and philanthropic giving. Hull's bid follows a number of themes to celebrate the city, including Roots and Routes, Made in Hull, Freedom and Quirky. Inspired by Larkin's poem, 'Days', the ambition is for each day of Hull 2017 to make a difference to a life in the city, the UK and the world. The proposed programme would include 15 national and international commissions; 12 artists' residencies; 25 festivals; eight major community participation projects; a programme of conferences and major broadcasting events; and programming activity across 365 days with an estimated 1,500 special events.

Image courtesy of Hull Bondholders

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