Sheffield has lost out on the chance to become the first UK City of Culture to Londonderry.
A crowd gathered at Sheffield's Winter Garden as the official announcement was made in Liverpool.
The shortlist also included Birmingham and Norwich. The title was expected to provide the winning city with economic and social benefits.
The UK City of Culture 2013 follows the success of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture 2008.
Ahead of the announcement BBC Radio Sheffield asked, what is culture in Sheffield and what makes the city a front runner for such a momentous title as UK City of Culture 2013?
BBC Sheffield spoke to various people across the city who have been involved in the bid to become the UK City of Culture. Here are the four strands we have focused on, click on the links below to read more;
Sheffield's heritage is one of diversity and multi-culturalism. With 128 languages now spoken in the city's schools, Sheffield now has many international stories to tell - not forgetting the invention of stainless steel which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013.
We look at how the creativity of individuals shapes and develops South Yorkshire. Not only is it young people in schools, colleges and academies who contribute their skills but the community as a whole.
Sheffield is a city known internationally for its music, from popular to folk and electronic to chamber. The city has a wealth of talent, venues and emerging festivals.
It is hoped that 2013 will create a market for Sheffield's talent, thereby creating new jobs, contracts and apprenticeships across all sectors. Sheffield aims to be a benchmark for the way in which businesses operate and innovate.
Amy Carter, the Head of Arts for Sheffield City Council will be giving an overview of what it would mean to Sheffield to be awarded the UK City of Culture in 2013.
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