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  Cities set for culture clash
Updated 30 October 2002, 20.54
Clockwise from top left: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Newcastle/Gateshead and Liverpool
Clockwise from top left: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Newcastle/Gateshead and Liverpool

The six UK cities which will battle it out to be named European Capital of Culture 2008 have been revealed.

The lucky places stood out from a group of 12 who all battled to prove they were worthy of the honour.

The six are:

  • Birmingham in central England
  • Bristol in the west of England
  • Cardiff in south Wales
  • Liverpool in north west England
  • Newcastle/Gateshead in north east England
  • Oxford in central England
  Can you find the cities in our nervy navigator game?

Fact File
Who missed out?
Belfast in Northern Ireland
Bradford in the north of England
Brighton and Hove in the south of England
Canterbury and East Kent in south east England
Inverness and the Highlands in Scotland
Norwich in the east of England

These places are automatically given the title of Centres of Culture.

The award is likely to be worth a lot of money to the final winner. The UK's last City of Culture, Glasgow in 1990, saw a massive increase in tourism from winning the title.

A 12-person government team chose these cities, from an original list of 12 places.

Tessa Jowell

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said the competition had "brought out the very best" in the cities which had entered.

The judging team will now revisit the final six cities before making its decision for the Department of Culture.

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