Hull to work with European Capital of Culture 2017

Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by KCFM

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Hull’s City of Culture team has announced a new partnership with the 2017 European Capital of Culture, the Danish city of Aarhus.

Chief executive Martin Green travelled to Denmark at the weekend to mark the beginning of the collaboration, which will see the two cities work together to create a programme of events on an international scale.

He said:

“Our ambition for Hull’s year as UK City of Culture is international in scale and this collaboration with the European Capital of Culture is the perfect place to begin that work.

“Whilst Hull and Aarhus have their own distinct visions for 2017, both believe in the power of culture to transform people and place and are committed to delivering an artistically significant, world-class programme that will make 2017 a year to remember.

“This partnership will harness the creativity emerging from both cultural capitals, providing opportunities for artists to exchange ideas, create work together and share that work with the world.

“We hope it will also create a legacy of cultural links and exchanges that will continue well beyond 2017, building on Hull’s historic links with its European neighbours.”

Rebecca Matthews, Chief Executive of the Aarhus 2017 Foundation said:  “I am very pleased that we have signed this partnership agreement. There are many areas we have identified, on which we will collaborate. Hull 2017 has a fantastic team led by Chief Executive Martin Green, and I am convinced that both Aarhus and Hull will benefit enormously from this partnership.

“The theme of European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 is ‘Let’s Rethink’. This is an invitation to everyone to join our movement and use art and culture as a catalyst to rethink solutions to the challenges we as a society face today. So, it is important that we have cross-collaborations – not only regionally and nationally, but also globally. This makes Hull 2017 a very strong and exciting partner for us.”

Councillor Steven Bayes, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for UK City of Culture and Vice-Chair of Hull 2017, added:

“The international dimension of our bid for UK City of Culture was one of the reasons why Hull won.  This is the first of a number of international relationships that will be initiated and developed in the build-up to 2017, supporting our ambition to put Hull on the map as a world-class visitor destination.”

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Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by KCFM

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