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Summary

  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 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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
  4. Two mile city centre domino run

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

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

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    Video caption: Hull domino run two miles through city centre
  7. 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
  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. City of Culture a 'game-changer'

    BBC News

    Hull's status as the UK City of Culture attracted more than five million people, £220m of investment and 800 new jobs to the area.

    But as it passes the baton to Coventry, do UK Cities of Culture create lasting legacies?

    Coventry's City of Culture team

    In December, Coventry found out it would become the UK's third City of Culture, in 2021.

    Laura McMillan, manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, described the accolade as a "game changer" for England's ninth largest city, saying it had been "for too long overlooked and undervalued".

    "Hull did an incredible job," says Laura.

    "We can learn from what they achieved, but Coventry will do this its own way and we will use UK City of Culture to tell our story."

  11. BBC Proms to bring Stravinsky to city

    It's been announced today that one of the BBC Proms concerts will come to Lincoln later this year.

    Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale will be performed at the Lincoln Drill Hall, which was home to the 4th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.

    Drill Hall

    It's the second time the Proms concerts have travelled outside London. Last year they visited Hull as part of the City of Culture events.

  12. Lights fantastic: Spotlight falls on Hull landmarks

    Hull's landmarks are going to be bathed in colour when a permanent light installation is officially switched on next month.

    Hull City Hall bathed in purple light

    The coloured lighting in and around Queen Victoria Square has been designed by the artist who brought The Blade (pictured) to Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations last year.

    The Blade in Queen Victoria Square in Hull

    Lucky people who were in the city centre last night got a preview of the display, as a technical test was carried out.

    Hull Maritime Museum bathed in orange light

    The lights will be officially switched on on Thursday 5 April.

  13. Shop Front Festival: City hosts major arts event

    Vanessa Pearce

    BBC News

    Coventry will host the UK's first Shop Front Festival from today bringing drama, dance and music to the heart of the city.

    Queuing

    Existing stores and empty shop units will be turned into performance venues for the next two days.

    Even the very British art of queuing will be celebrated.

    The idea is to encourage people to see the city centre as somewhere to visit for more than shopping.

    It's the first major arts event since Coventry won City of Culture 2021 status.