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UK City of Culture 2013 Sheffield Bid



BBC Radio Sheffield's Paulette Edwards has been part of the city's bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2013.

Sheffield gave its presentation to the City of Culture board in Liverpool on Wednesday 16 June 2010. Paulette was part of that presentation and looks back on her 'big up Sheffield' pitch and crosses her fingers for the announcement which is expected in July.

By Paulette Edwards
BBC Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Team Sheffield went to Liverpool and we set up camp at the Jurys Inn and gave it to them.

The panel was headed by Phil Redmond. I can't believe he ever had the level of superficiality required to write something like Channel Four's Hollyoaks. There were also a few people who had worked with other 'Cities of Culture' in various capacities on the panel and some representatives from a range of other cultural sectors.

The panel took up their positions and we took up ours, ready to do battle. Some rather unstructured handshaking followed, then calm.

The film singing the praises of our wonderful city kicked off the presentation. The delightful Daniel Evans, Artistic Director for Sheffield Theatres, and I went next, giving an alarmingly chatty, yet accessible and even slightly humorous six minute review of why Sheffield deserved to be UK City of Culture 2013. After that we 'relaxed' to hear the rest of our bid unfold and settled for a Question-and-Answer session that lasted one hour and forty minutes.

Team Sheffield at the 2013 UK City of Culture proposal
Team Sheffield at the 2013 UK City of Culture proposal

During the session John Mothersole, the chair of our bid and Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council impressed me, and hopefully the judges, not just with his knowledge about Sheffield and his confidence that the city could deliver on the bid but with his tenacity and enthusiasm.

Sheffield Council leader, Paul Scriven, passionate as ever, gave the panel a wholehearted commitment from Sheffield and Paul Billington, confirmed the strength of the bid and, in a way only a Yorkshireman can, delivered a strong, unpretentious and convincing case.

Amy Carter, Head of Arts for Sheffield City Council, whose boyfriend had text her before the presentation to tell her to 'Big up herself', convinced the panel of judges that we are a strong candidate with the structure in place to guarantee a strong model for cities who wanted to be UK City of Culture in future years. I felt extremely proud to be in the Sheffield team, to have a council that supports Arts and Culture with such fervour.

A deep sigh and and then off to the reception at the Liverpool Town Hall.

Norwich and Birmingham put forward their bids before Sheffield. From what I gather Birmingham were a little heavy on the froth; they turned up in an open topped red bus with 'BIG RED BUZZ' written on the front of it. How can they be a city of culture when they can't even spell?

The only other thing I feel I must mention is the canapés at the reception… They say less is more but when it comes to food, after a long day of eating hardly anything, a hog roast would have been more appropriate, and I don't eat meat.

On the following day the Northern Ireland city of Derry put forward their bid.

Now comes the deliberation. But hopefully not in the manner of X Factor. All we can do is hope that our best was good enough; sprinkle a little bit of cosmic good luck dust on our bid and wait. We will find out the result in July.

Your comments

Theo Morgan, Sheffield

Of course it should! Well done Paulette, and the rest of the team. It's about time the wonders of Sheffield were celebrated nationally.




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