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  1. Live updates from Hull's year as UK City of Culture
  2. This page is updated with stories, pictures, videos and more as they are made
  3. Scroll back down the page to see what's happened so far in March 2017

Live Reporting

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  1. Tourism strategy aims to make most of big events

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A tourism strategy has been drawn up to ensure Coventry makes the most of three big events in the coming years.

    The city council is expecting a big increase in visitor numbers when it celebrates being European City of Sport in 2019, City of Culture in 2021, and again when it hosts Commonwealth Games events in 2022 on behalf of host city Birmingham - a “once in a lifetime opportunity”, according to a report.

    Coventry Cathedral

    The local authority hopes Coventry can attract 10.23m visitors a year by 2023 and become a recognised city for short breaks.

  2. Budget boost for City of Culture welcomed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An £8.5m boost for Coventry’s City of Culture has been hailed as “fantastic” news.

    City of Culture team

    Coventry City Council leader George Duggins said the funding will kickstart projects to help transform the city for 2021 and beyond.

    The money, announced in yesterday’s budget, will allow for significant improvements to some of the city’s major venues and production facilities, including a refurbishment of the Belgrade Theatre auditorium.

    Money will also be invested in Coventry’s Cathedral Quarter, with historic venues such as Coventry Cathedral, St Mary’s Guildhall, Drapers’ Hall and the Herbert set to benefit.

  3. Arts Council £5m funding for City of Culture welcomed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The £5m Arts Council funding for Coventry's City of Culture events is a "real vote of confidence", the leader of the city council, George Duggins, has said.

    The funding, which was announced yesterday, will help contribute to cultural events alongside the build-up period and legacy programme.

    George Duggins

    Martin Sutherland, the CEO of Coventry City of Culture Trust, added: “This scale of backing and funding from Arts Council England will be a major contribution."

    Quote Message: This is great news for Coventry and a real boost to the city as excitement grows in the build up to 2021. The announcement is a real vote of confidence in the city’s ability to deliver a fantastic programme to ensure Coventry has an amazing year as City of Culture and, importantly, creates a lasting legacy for our communities." from Councillor George Duggins Coventry City Council leader
    Councillor George DugginsCoventry City Council leader
  4. Coventry given £5m to fund UK City of Culture status

    David Landau

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Coventry's getting £5m from the Arts Council to help fund the City of Culture 2021 programme.

    The announcement was made this evening at the city's transport museum.

    Coventry celebrating the win

    Coventry was chosen in December to be the UK's City of Culture in three years' time..

    Making the announcement, Arts Council England's chief executive Darren Henley said "partnership and leadership will determine the success of 2021".

  5. City of Culture organisers awaiting funding news

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    Organisers in Coventry will find out later how much money they will get from Arts Council England to fund events for the UK City of Culture in 2021.

    When Hull won, it was given about £3m.

    The figure will be revealed at the Transport Museum after 17:00 tonight.

    Coventry wins 2021 city of culture
  6. Extra £11m for Coventry's City of Culture scheme

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    An extra £11.1m is going to be ploughed into Coventry's City of Culture scheme, in order to “maximise the benefits” of the initiative.

    Coventry winning the title

    The city council's cabinet's approved a one-off sum of £5m and, subject to approval through the formal budget process, another £6.1m.

    The authority says the extra spending, on top of £5.05m to meet the costs of hosting in 2021, will be key to reaping economic benefits of the UK City of Culture title.

    At the same meeting, the cabinet heard the council's facing a £2m overspend in this financial year.

    However, the councillor in charge of finance, John Mutton, told his colleagues he was confident they would still come in under budget.

  7. Film maker upset at Hull City of Culture film '15' rating

    A Hull film maker says he's not happy with the age rating his new film has been given by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

    Sean McAllister

    A Northern Soul, by Sean McAllister (pictured), looks at last year's Hull City of Culture celebrations from the perspective of working families.

    He says he was hoping young children would have been able to watch it, but it's been rated by the BBFC as only suitable for audiences over the age of 15.

    The board says the film has about 20 uses of strong language and exceeds anything permitted for the 12A classification.

  8. Two mile city centre domino run

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    Video caption: A domino run of more than 12,000 concrete blocks are toppled across two miles through Hull
  9. Two mile city centre domino run

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    Video caption: Hull domino run two miles through city centre
  10. Two mile city centre domino run

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    Video caption: Hull domino run two miles through city centre
  11. Two mile city centre domino run

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    Video caption: Hull domino run two miles through city centre
  12. Luton's City of Culture bid to move a step closer

    Plans for Luton's bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2025 are moving a step further.

    Luton Borough Council's executive committee will discuss if the council can commit £350,000 to fund extensive consultation and research.

    If given the go-ahead, the research will be carried out in 2019 and will enable the council to make an informed decision on whether or not it should make a bid, a report said.

    The report, which will go before the committee on Monday, says savings will have to be found in the 2019/20 council budgets to fund the programme.

    Luton Carnival
  13. Hull culture company boss steps down

    The new Executive Director of Hull's Culture Company has quit citing personal reasons.

    The announcement's been made today that Emma Morris is stepping down from her role

    Chair of the Culture Company Lee Corner thanked her for her hard work and said they are preparing for the launch of the new name as they take the brand forward.

  14. Coventry picks boss to lead 2021 City of Culture events

    Coventry has appointed the person who will run it's UK City of Culture festivities in 2021.

    Martin Sutherland, originally from Paisley in Scotland, is the current head of the Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust and also manages the Cube in Corby along with Northampton's Royal Derngate Theatre.

    City of Culture bid team celebrate

    He'll take up the executive director post with the Coventry City of Culture Trust in the autumn.