Stirling Backs the Bid as Deadline Looms


Categories: Constituency, Culture and Tourism

City of Culture 2025 Shortlist Expected Soon

Stirling MP Alyn Smith is backing Stirling’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025, as the days count down to the shortlist reveal.

Stirling joined 20 other cities and regions from across these islands to win the coveted accolade, which recognises outstanding cultural talent and success. Previous winners include Coventry, Hull and Derry, with each city building a lasting legacy of investment and strategic focus from the competition process. 

The contest has galvanised local leaders here in Stirling to champion Stirling’s fantastic culture, tourism and heritage sectors which attract visitors and investment from all over the world. Organisations across the public, private and third sectors have worked in close collaboration to showcase Stirling’s rich cultural offering – ensuring a positive legacy regardless of our competition status.

The shortlist will be announced imminently, with the eventual winner set to be announced in May this year.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘I’ve written to the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to reaffirm my support for Stirling’s bid for City of Culture 2025. We’re absolutely bursting at the seams with local creative talent, spectacular food and drinks offerings and rich historical heritage. Gaining this prestigious award would be a fitting tribute to the huge efforts we’ve seen from organisations and businesses to enhance our reputation and image.’

‘Irrespective of the final outcome, the bidding process has helped partnerships across our city flourish, breaking down barriers between organisations and allowing cross-working to really move into high-gear. I’m deeply impressed with the level of commitment Stirling’s private, public and private sectors have shown to this competition, and remain extremely hopeful about our chance to win.’