Perth & Kinross Council Leader, Councillor Ian Campbell, welcomed the news that Perth’s UK City of Culture bid is to be debated at Westminster, on behalf of the Perth2021 bid team.
He said: “I’m delighted that Perth’s City of Culture bid will be debated at Westminster. Perth’s bid is pioneering: it represents the challenges faced by the 30 million people living in the UK’s smallest cities, towns and rural areas – challenges which might not always seem obvious, but are just as valid as those of large urban areas. We have high employment but high in-work poverty, a lack of high quality jobs is driving talent elsewhere, and cultural participation is low among our most deprived and isolated communities.
“The City of Culture bid is our chance to answer these challenges and become one of Europe’s great small cities. We are going to set the bar in growing creative industries and widening cultural participation for people in rural places. We are thinking differently about using technology to connect people. And we have an unbeatable track record in staging world-class events. It’s time the contributions, strengths and needs of small cities like Perth were recognised, as I’m sure Pete Wishart MP will be making clear on Wednesday.”
£53 million in capital investment is already committed to cultural projects in Perth, including the transformation of City Hall into a new cultural attraction. Nearly 10,000 local people and dozens of local cultural organisations have been involved in shaping the bid, which builds on the existing infrastructure and experience in the region to deliver a step change in cultural participation and growing the creative economy.