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Glasgow named cultural and creative 'centre' of UK

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Image caption Ruth Moody performing during the Celtic Connections festival

Glasgow has been listed as the top cultural and creative centre in the UK in a report from the European Commission.

Following in the top five were London, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester, with Edinburgh just missing out in sixth place.

Dundee was the next Scottish city to be ranked, coming in 12th.

Glasgow came first for "openness, tolerance and trust" and "cultural participation and attractiveness".

The study ranks 190 cities in 30 European countries on various factors.

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Image caption Snow Patrol performing at the SSE Hydro
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Image caption Glasgow band Mogwai on stage in the Clyde Auditorium
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Image caption Juniore perform at the annual Celtic Connections festival

"Cultural vibrancy", "creative economy", and the ability to bring in creative talent and nourish cultural engagement were all taken into account.

Edinburgh came first for cultural venues and facilities in the UK.

The report said: "Glasgow was one of the first European capitals of culture, in 1990. Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance."

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Image caption Scottish Ballet is based in Glasgow
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Image caption The Simon Fraser University play in Buchanan Street during the Piping Live! festival
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Glasgow boasts over 100 cultural organisations and is home to five of Scotland's six national performing arts companies: the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; National Theatre of Scotland; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet.

The council said that Glasgow's museums have more visitors than in any UK city outside London.

Eight Turner Prize winners have been born, trained or worked out of Glasgow in recent years, and the city's Tramway hosted the event in 2015.

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Image caption An exhibition by artist Jenifer West at the Tramway theatre
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Image caption A visitor looks at 'DOUG' by artist Janice Kerbel ahead of the 2015 Turner Prize
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Image caption Children making artworks at the Gallery of Modern Art

Bridget McConnell from Glasgow Life, the organisation that delivers cultural and sports events for Glasgow City Council, said: "We always knew Glasgow was a global cultural leader and we're delighted that the European Commission has confirmed our position of the UK's leading cultural and creative city.

"Glasgow is a city bursting with energy, passion and creativity and filled with artists, designers, creators and innovators.

"We have world-class museums and galleries, incredible architecture and history and, as a Unesco City of Music, there's nowhere better to enjoy a gig.

"What's more, our openness, tolerance and trust has been rated as the best in Europe, confirming what we already know, that our people make Glasgow the best city in the world."

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Image caption Fans at a Post Malone concert at the SSE Hydro

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